Although origami roses are amongst the most popular paper-folding projects, many rose designs are far beyond a beginner's capabilities. The Kawasaki rose, for example, has 29 steps and includes both inside and outside reverse folds. It's a beautiful design, but very intimidating if you're just learning the basics of the art of paper folding.
If you're looking for a simple origami rose, this design fits the bill. It's a modification of a traditional model based on the origami blintz base form.
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Form a Triple Blintz
Fold each corner into the middle crease for a third and final time. This shape is known as a triple blintz.
If you're working with small paper, these folds may be somewhat difficult to make. If necessary, press down over the folds with your fingernail to create precise creases.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Begin Folding the Leaves
To make leaves for your origami rose, you'll need a square of green paper that is the same size as the red paper you used for your rose.
Make a kite base by folding the paper in half along one of the diagonals.
Unfold, then fold the two opposite corners into the middle.
Fold the widest points in once more to make the diamond shape shown in the photo.
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Uses for Your Origami Rose
This design makes a lovely accent for a greeting card or scrapbook page. You could also add a magnet to display on your refrigerator or frame a collection of folded roses to make pretty wall art for your home.
If you want to make a two-tone rose, try carefully brushing the folded flower with a bit of watercolor paint. A white paper rose with flecks of red is especially pretty.