Origami Flower

“I’m telling you, she’s just a dream.  Straight out of Heaven on an angel’s wings….”

You may be asking yourself what this lovely sentiment has to do with making an Origami Flower, but if you’ll bear with me, I’ll tell you the whole story.  (In the event you are not romantic, not just the least bit inquisitive or maybe you’re just in a hurry, you can go ahead and download the pdf without reading any more.  But, aren’t you just a little curious?)

Origami Flower pdf

Oh, good.  You’re still reading.

Here’s the story.

Last month, while on vacation, Mr. H and I were shopping in a sweet little gift shop with friends, Tom and Jody.

While there, we saw the cutest flowers on display.

For most people, this would be the end of the story.  “Look at those flowers, aren’t they cute?” Jody would say.  “Yes, they are darling.” I would respond.   We would go home, have some lemonade and never think of it again.

As it happens, Jody and I have been friends for 40+ years, and the real dialogue was quite different.

“Look at those flowers, aren’t they cute?” Jody said.  “Yes, they are darling.” I responded.   “I’ll bet we could make them”.

This phrase….”I’ll bet we could make them” is the Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney  equivalent of “Hey, kids, my Uncle has a barn, let’s put on a show”.  (This phrase is also the reason I have two boxes of unfinished projects in my storage room).

I took a picture of the flowers and thought that might be enough, but Jody knows me all too well and bought not just one, but two of the flowers!

I was sunk.

My plan was to go online and look up “easy origami flower folding for the non-nimble”.

Tom had other ideas.  He’s an engineer and has never met a puzzle that he hasn’t tried to solve.

Tom deconstructed one of the flowers and then provided me with specific, exact instructions on how to reconstruct the flower.

My head hurt.

But I have to thank Jody (thank you, Jody) for having faith that we could make these flowers and I have to thank Tom (thank you, Tom) for having the patience to help me understand how to make that happen.

Since these flowers are really cute, and they really are (now) pretty easy, I am going to share this project with you so you can make a bunch or two for Valentines Day.

What you will need:

  • Origami Paper (or other paper cut into an exact square)
  • Plastic Straws (or rolled green paper) for the stem
  • Glue gun or quick drying glue (adult supervision is required)
  • Clips (if you want to pinch the ends of the drying petal without burning your fingers)
  • Tool for creasing paper (a plastic ruler will work beautifully, but if you have a bone folder, this is the time to use it!!

Before we get started, just a couple of thoughts:

Origami Paper is the easiest to use when you are beginning.  It is thinner paper, creases easily and is already cut into perfect squares.

Or you can use any other paper cut into an exact square.

Pictured is some double sided wrapping paper I found.  You can also use maps, calendars, old letters, children’s drawings…..

And now, a quick message about the tool you use to crease the paper.  A plastic ruler will be just perfect, but look what I found in my cubby!!  A never-used, perfect-for-this=task Martha Stewart bone folder!!   Ahhhhhhhhhhhh  Sweet Mysteries of Life At Last I’ve Found You…..

Now, if you don’t have one….don’t fret, but you just might want to mention it to a special someone

 

Directions for making an Origami Flower:

 

My nieces, Monica and Miranda, loved making these flowers and came up with some of their own creations.

Monica put a sucker in the top of her flowers.  She slid the stick into the straw in the middle of the flower.  (Really, there was a sucker in this flower….I…um…have no idea where it might have gone.  No idea.  Honest.  I don’t even like Cherry suckers….very much).    I also like the different colors for each petal.

Miranda thought these would be a great Valentines Day gift for her friends.  (See how she has used two different patterns?)

Look at this bouquet of flowers made entirely by Miranda and Monica.  Well done!   They were still busy making flowers when I left….

Tom suggested that these flowers would be cute made from maps.  I know he had in mind the glossy maps, but I didn’t have any so I just ripped some pages out of Mr. H.’s Rand McNally map book (he won’t miss those pages, will he?).

 

Tom also suggested that the flowers would be cute if we made them smaller and lined them in a heart candy box (Tom has lots of “suggestions”…).   Since no one has given me a heart candy box (ahem….Mr. H.?), I wasn’t able to realize his vision, but I do like the idea of smaller flowers.

In fact, I made tons of the little flowers one evening.    It takes a lot of flowers to make one pomander, but I was able to make three pomanders worth of flowers while watching one episode of Modern Family, one episode of Glee and a rather lengthy political discussion with brother, Ralph.

I made each petal from a 3″ x 3″ piece of paper, and thought they looked rather cute gathered into a pomander like ball.

While I was (compulsively) working on all of these variations, I thought it might be sweet to make a flower out of love letters.   Shockingly, I discovered I had no love letters (ahem….Mr. H.?).

Fortunately, I found and scanned letters with references to my Mom in some letters that my Dad had written to his parents while in the Air Force during World War II.

I love that my Dad communicated so freely with his parents, love that Grandma S. kept the letters and even love the back of his envelope (de-tails inside…get it?).

I was easily able to find sweet phrases for each petal, but my favorite was in a letter Dad wrote to his Mother while awaiting Mom’s visit to him during his time in basic training.

“I’m telling you, she’s just a dream.  Straight out of Heaven on an angel’s wings….”

Happy Valentines Day

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(7) Comments and (4) Replies

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  2. Courtney Skylar Starr | February 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply

    This is so wonderful! I love this project and I can’t wait to try it on my own! Do you think sticky notes will work for this?
    This is so sweet, and although it’s too late for me to make this for Valentine’s Day, I’m pretty sure I can use it for something else!
    Thank you so much for sharing this, I love it a lot!

    Happy belated Valentine’s Day!
    Courtney

    • jill | February 16, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply

      Thanks, Courtney. I’m so glad you are going to try it (please be sure to post pictures on the Facebook Fan Page for What Will We Do Today!!!!

      And, yes, you will be able to use this for a lot of things, I think.

      As for the sticky notes, I can assure you that they work. When I was still trying to figure out how to provide clear directions (in spite of Toms best efforts, I was confused until I did it myself) I used sticky notes!!! Of course, you’ll still have to glue the seams together and glue it on a stem, but the regular sticky note size is perfect for the tiny flowers.

      Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day to you too…

      Can’t wait to see your flowers….

  3. Courtney Starr | February 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply

    Whoo! I made it with boring yellow sticky notes… they’re not half as pretty as those though. I messed up severely with the gluing and went berserk when each of the petals fell off the chopstick, which is what I used as the stem.
    How did you ever make them so perfect???

    Luv,
    Courtney Starr

    • jill | February 21, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply

      I’m wondering if the sticky notes might be the problem. I used Origami paper to start. It’s much thinner and easier to crease. Getting the crease right is very important. Good luck!!!

  4. Courtney Starr | February 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply

    Oh, maybe that’s why…
    Thank you! I ADORE this craft and look forward to more!

    Cheers,
    Courtney

  5. Kimberley | March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply

    I was wondering: for the pomander balls I can’t tell what is in the middle of the flowers. Did you make them on a straw and then cut the straws down before gluing together the flowers to make the balls?
    Love your site…Cindy hooked me on it!

    • jill | March 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply

      Hi Kimberley. I’m so glad you visit!! As for the pomanders, I didn’t use a straw at all. If you look at the letter flower and the map flower, you’ll see that I just joined each petal along their seams. When I made the balls, I just joined two at their base and then filled in the rest around the perimeter. Does that make sense?

  6. Faye Wesley | July 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply

    I can’t wait to try this out

    • jill | July 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply

      Be sure to share!!! I love to see what everyone else is doing….(on Facebook Fan Page) Good luck!!

  7. Faye | July 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply

    Making sure I get the email

  8. tanu | March 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply

    these ideas are bruto my bambini

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