Colorful papers and two hands – that’s all one needs to create something great. No glue, so scissors, and no mess. Do you know what we are talking about? It’s called origami, the Japanese art of making decorative items from paper. It derives its name from two Japanese words – ‘oru’ which means to fold and ‘kami’, meaning paper. Now, Japanese people can be trusted with coming up with beautiful activities that have always been associated with culture and sophistication in their country – from wearing kimonos, sipping tea from tiny bowls, teaching children origami to teaching your girls the art of arranging flowers. Origami is one art that has travelled across the globe and has become a hit with people across countries and races, for the very simplicity of its technique and its no mess approach to creating something beautiful. It consists of several folds that one learns through practice and sometimes, several identical figures can be used to create a complete figure, as in modular origami. One such example is origami flowers. They are easy to make, look beautiful, and cause minimum mess for the fact that glue and scissors are not put to use at all. Here’s how to make origami flowers.
Tips for Making Colurful Origami Flowers
Here are some tips for making colourful flowers using only paper:
- The internet is the preeminent source for all kinds of information that you can think up of. Search the internet to find many different origami paper flower design instructions.
- Original origami paper could prove to be a little pricey and so must be used judiciously. Practice on scrap paper until you master a technique and can use origami or more expensive paper. Also, when working with expensive or delicate paper, make sure your hands are free of lotions or oils that may stain the paper.
- Instead of always going for the expensive variety of paper – the original origami paper – you could try some other varieties like foil paper (especially for its sheen), printer paper, washi paper or handmade paper, which is handcrafted (literally!)
- Practice all your folds correctly; here are some examples of folds in origami that you will run into.
- The valley fold is formed by folding the paper toward oneself.
- The mountain fold is formed by folding the paper away from oneself.
- The petal fold requires us to lift a point and bring it upwards so that the both the edges of the point lie together. For best results, you could prefold both the layers of the paper along the valley and mountain folds for the petal fold.
- To make the rabbit ear fold, prefold along the first three valley folds for best results. Then fold the two sides down to the baseline. Fold the top point to one side to make the mountain fold. (Take care that you fold the top point to the right side where the mountain fold is set.)
- For the squash fold, prefold both sheets of paper along the valley and mountain fold. Then, open this model, make a fold on one layer of the paper along the valley fold and later flatten it using the mountain fold.