Everblooming Origami Cherry Blossoms

One of my favorite things about Spring is when you start seeing those little tiny blossoms appear on the trees. Since that time has come and gone here in Raleigh I decided to keep that look alive with some origami blossoms. I’ve made paper blossoms in the past (you can check them out here) but I wanted something smaller and more like a bud than a flower.

What you’ll need:

– Paper of your choice cut into 2″ squares (I used one of our Yuzen Potluck Packs)
– Glue (The stickier the better! Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue is perfect for this)
– Binder Clips
– A Branch (preferably from your own yard and not your angry neighbors)

Now it’s time to start folding

1 ) Start with a 2″ square of paper
2 ) Fold the paper in half corner to corner with the pattern on the outside
3 ) Now fold the paper in half again corner to corner to make a small triangle
4 ) It should look like this now

5 ) Now gently open one side of the triangle and fold the top point down to form a square
6 ) Flip it over and repeat on the other side. You should now have a small square.
7 ) Take the tip of the square and fold it up, pulling in the sides and folding them down
8 ) Flip it over a repeat on the other side. You should now have something that looks like a skinny diamond

If you are familiar with origami this is a basic crane fold we are doing. You can see the full crane instruction here, we are only doing steps 1-7

9 ) Take the point of the solid end and fold it back to the center of the diamond
10 ) This part is a little tricky, unfold the point and then fold it back in… gently lifting the sides away so that you can tuck the point in
11 ) It should look like this once it’s folded in
12 ) Repeat on the other side

13 ) Take one of the ends with the tucked-in point and fold it back towards the pointed end. Flip and repeat on the other side
14 ) Holding it with the smaller end facing you fold the right flap over to the left. Flip and repeat on the other side
15 ) Now take the long skinny end and fold it back to the other side. Flip and repeat on the other side
16 ) Fold one of the long skinny ends towards the center crease and do the same “tuck fold” in step 10. Flip and repeat on the other side

Still with me?

17 ) At this point you should have something that looks like this
18 ) Fold the front and back flaps back so that you end up with a pentagon (hey look I used my high school geometry for once!)
19 ) Now take one of the outer sides and fold it into the center. Repeat on all four sides
20 ) You should end up with this

21 ) Holding the blossom by the base (or long skinny end) start to fan out the petals
22 ) You can open up the sides as much as you want to depending on how “in bloom” you want your flower
23 ) All done!
24 ) Now repeat

And repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat. This part of the project is best done with a good movie and a glass of wine :)

Once you have all of your blossoms simple add a tiny dot of glue to the base…

and use the binder clips to keep them in place on your branch until dry.

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5 Comments

  1. Donaville says:

    Beautiful project! The finished piece looks so nice set against the bird prints.

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  3. Carly says:

    This was great! I looked on a whole bunch of websites on how to do this for my art project. This is the only one that made complete sense!! Thanks!!
    P.S. I lost you on step 13 but I ignored it for a second and amazingly I figured it out myself!! Thanks bunches!!

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