How to Make an Easy Origami Rose

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.

The easy origami rose in this project is simple enough for a child to fold,​ although most children will have better luck folding from a larger square of construction paper. Tiny folds require an attention to detail that can be frustrating for little paper folders.

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    Step 1: Select the Paper

    Easy origami rose

    Dana Hinders

    The project uses colored notepaper squares that are the same color on both sides. The squares measure approximately 3 1/4 inches and create flowers that are about 1 1/2 inches wide. You can adjust the size of the paper as you wish to change the size of the flowers.

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    Step 2: Fold a Blintz Base

    Folded a blintz base

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    1. Fold your paper in half horizontally.
    2. Unfold, then fold the paper in half vertically. Unfold once more.
    3. Fold each corner into the middle crease to make what is known in origami as a blintz base.
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    Step 3: Form a Double Blintz

    Folded double blintz

    Dana Hinders

    Fold each corner into the middle crease again. In origami craft, this shape is known as a double blintz.

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    Step 4: Form a Triple Blintz

    Triple blintz

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    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.

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    Step 5: Make the Petals

    Make the petals

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    Carefully curl back the layers of the paper to form petals for your rose. Here, a soft crease creates the most natural-looking flower.

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    Step 6: Begin Folding the Leaves

    Folded origami leaves

    Dana Hinders

    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.

    1. Make a kite base by folding the paper in half along one of the diagonals.
    2. Unfold, then fold the two opposite corners into the middle.
    3. Fold the widest points in once more to make the diamond shape shown in the photo.
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    Step 7: Finish Folding the Leaves

    Finished folded origami leaves

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    Fold your diamond shape in half along the middle crease. Make squash folds on the left and right sides, as shown in the photo.

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    Step 8: Complete Your Origami Rose

    Completed origami rose

    Dana Hinders

    Flip the green paper over, then glue the red rose to the middle of the triangle so it looks like the two points are leaves for the flower.

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.