Origami Paper Flowers

Origami flower projects range from the simple to the complex

Colorful Origami Flower Bouquet
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  • 01 of 05

    Different Types of Pretty Origami Flowers

    Origami flowers are popular as home decor, wedding decorations, or special occasion gifts. There are flower designs to fit every skill level, so even a novice paper folder can easily whip up a few pretty blooms.

    This guide explains some of the many different types of origami flowers you will find and provides links to detailed instructions for each project.

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    Origami Kusudama Flower

    Origami Kusudama Flower
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    The Japanese word "kusudama" can be translated as "medicine ball." The kusudama flower is made of several identically folded units that are glued together to make the finished flower. Typically, the flower has five or six petals. If desired, several kusudama flowers can be glued together to make a large hanging ball.

    The origami kusudama flower is very easy to fold. If you are new to folding origami flowers, this is a great place to start.

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    Origami Lily

    Origami lily
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    The origami lily is a traditional paper folding design that is made using a square base. It is suitable for advanced beginners. Gently curling the flower petals helps give the folded lily the most natural appearance.

    Finished origami lilies can be displayed individually or incorporated into a larger floral arrangement.

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    Kawasaki Rose

    The Kawasaki Rose is a model designed by Japanese artist Toshikazu Kawasaki. His rose uses a twisting maneuver that makes the petals look like they curl out from the center of the flower.

    Although the Kawasaki Rose is very beautiful, it is a model for advanced paper folders. Canadian origami artist Joseph Wu has a downloadable PDF diagram of how to fold the Kawasaki Rose on his website. The diagram was done by Winson Chan. Winson Chan learned how to fold the Kawasaki Rose from Joseph Wu, who learned the folding steps from Toshikazu Kawasaki himself.

    The Kawasaki Rose from Joseph Wu's Origami Page

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    Origami Lotus Flower

    The origami lotus flower sometimes called an origami water lily, is an intermediate level design that is best done using very thin origami paper. You need to be very careful pulling the paper in the last few steps in order to keep it from tearing.

    Sometimes, people will place ​small battery-operated tea lights in the center of this flower to make a pretty lantern. This is especially popular when using the origami lotus flower for a wedding decoration.