How to Origami a Tall Paper Vase

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How to Origami a Tall Paper Vase
You can make an origami vase to hold your origami flowers. (Origami flowers image by wildman from Fotolia.com)

Traditionally characterised by folding patterns passed down through generations, origami has evolved into a puzzle aspect. The challenge of origami is to make a complicated, intricate model without using cuts or glue. The traditional origami models are animals, flowers and things of nature. The tall origami paper vase can be used for a bouquet of origami flowers.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 8 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold the paper by bringing the left edge over to touch the right edge. Crease the paper, and unfold.

  2. 2

    Bring the top edge of the paper down to touch the bottom edge, and crease the fold. Unfold the paper.

  3. 3

    Turn the paper over. Fold the paper by bringing the top-left corner down to touch the bottom-right corner. Crease the fold, and unfold the paper.

  4. 4

    Fold the paper by bringing the top-right corner down to the bottom-left corner, then unfold.

  5. 5

    Hold each side of the paper, and push the paper in from the sides. As you are pushing in the sides, a triangle will form in the background. The two sides will meet in the middle, forming mountain folds that touch each other. You now have a triangle with a point on the bottom and straight side on top.

  6. 6

    Make a fold on either side of the triangle toward the middle. The fold should start about 1 inch from the bottom. Make a good crease in it, then unfold the crease.

  7. 7

    Fold one layer of paper on the right side on the valley fold. Push the model flat making the mountain fold. Open it, and push it flat. Do the same thing on the left side. Turn it over, and repeat on the other side.

  8. 8

    Fold the four tips from 1 inch on each side toward the centre. They should look like sharp triangles.

  9. 9

    Open the vase, and fold the tips down into the vase. Push the bottom of the vase down onto a table to flatten the bottom of it.

Tips and warnings

  • Heavier paper is better for this vase.
  • Always make sharp creases when folding origami.

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