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The Art of Making an Origami Flower

Every day we must learn new things to somehow relieve tension and reduce stress from a busy and stressful day, so let us learn origami today and experience the art of paper folding. Origami is an art of paper folding that is always associated with the Japanese culture. The goal of origami is transforming a flat sheet square of paper into a beautifully finished sculpture by folding and sculpting. The principles of origami are applied in packaging, stents, and other engineering applications. Origami’s basic folds can be combined in order to make detailed and intricate designs.

You can use any flat paper as a material for origami as long as it hold a crease. Origami paper or “kami” is commonly colored on one area, and white on the other side, usually sold in prepackaged squares of different sizes ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches or more. It weighs less than a copy paper which makes it suitable for a wider range of designs. Normal copy paper is used in making waterbomb and crane, whereas papers of heavier weight can be wet-folded, which allow rounded sculpting, becoming sturdy and rigid when dried. Origami have various types basing on techniques which include action origami, modular origami, wet-folding, pure land origami, origami tessellations, and kirigami. Origami flowers are beautiful and intricate, making a lovely gift for Valentine’s day, birthdays, Mother’s day, anniversary, and many more. The kusudama flowers make a beautiful flower ball, used as a decoration or an ornament masterpiece during the holiday season. The different flowers you can make from origami include rose, sunflower, tulip, azalea, bell flower, dahlia, cornflower, cherry blossom, lotus, and more.

You’ll need a 6 by 6-inch sheet of paper when making flower petals. First, turn your origami paper so it appears like a diamond, and then fold the bottom half into a triangular shape horizontally, making sure to align the points prior making any crease. With your triangle facing upwards, take the left point of the triangle and fold it so the tip is aligned with the top triangle’s point, and repeat the same steps with the right side of the triangle. Fold the left point of your original triangle diagonally, meeting the last crease you just made and unfolded, and do the same with the right triangle’s point. By this time, with the two points of triangles, you can fold them backward over themselves, giving the two folds with serious creases, then unfolding them. The triangles’ left and right points are folded and towards the center, so you’ll have two funnel-like shapes which meet in the middle.