Origami, derived from the Japanese words Oru (fold) and Kami (paper) is a traditional art that has been around for thousands of years. There are countless designs of origami around the world. Each design was either created from the beginning of the origami history, or recently created by younger generations. Some designs, including origami flower, ranges from the simplest to the most complex.
Most of us were introduced to origami during our preschool or kindergarten years. The shapes we tried to fold at that time were the simpler ones, such as pinwheels and boats. Of course, origami might not feel interesting to all of us. Some people see origami as boring and time-wasting. However, origami actually stimulates our creativity and trains our fine motor skills.
Origami requires precision, persistence, and patience. We can create any shapes we want using the basic or advanced techniques of origami. Origami enthusiasts are not only youngsters, but also adults and elders who need relaxation.
It is not surprising that origami is one of the most prized forms of art in the world, because other than seeing the beauty in the results, we can also enjoy the process of making origami. Apart from the aesthetic aspects, origami has so many benefits.
Introducing origami starting from a young age is recommended because it has many benefits. But even if you did not start making origami as a kid, you will still get the benefits. There are at least ten benefits of origami.
The benefits you get from origami are: enhanced fine motor skills of hands, enhanced creativity, improved intellectual ability, balanced right and left brain activity, improved concentration and focus, better imagination, enhanced memory, more patience, a better understanding of aesthetics, and makes you able to appreciate works of art.
After reading a brief history of origami and knowing its benefits, I bet you are now excited to start learning some origami shapes. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make some variations of origami flower, the cherry blossom (sakura) and the tulip.
Making Cherry Blossom Origami Flower
We will start with the simplest flower to make, which is the cherry blossom or called Sakura in Japanese. To make the cherry blossom, you will need at least five pieces of square shaped paper and scissors.
The first step you have to make is folding the paper in half vertically. Next, choose one bottom edge and fold it to make a small triangle.
Then, repeat what you have just done on the reverse side. Cut a small triangle on the bottom right corner (your paper should have an opening on the left side now). Do not throw away the small triangle you just cut because we will use it later.
The last step to finish making one of the petals is cutting a curved edge on the left side, cutting through all layers. Repeat all the steps we have gone through on four more papers to make a total of five petals.
When you have five petals, combine them altogether and press the petals so they stick to one another. To finish the cherry blossom, stick the small triangles you cut earlier on the centre of your flower. Your cherry blossom origami flower is now done.
Making Tulip Origami Flower
The tulip origami design has two parts, the flower and the stem. In this tutorial, we will make the flower first. Prepare a square origami paper.
First, fold your paper diagonally; making the corners meet so it forms a right triangle. Fold it the other way too. Now open the folds and you’ll see that you have two intersecting diagonal lines.
Push the sides of the paper inwards so it becomes a triangle-shaped pocket. Fold each corner upward, meeting the upper corner of the triangle.
Now you should have a diamond-shaped paper in front of you. Fold the outer corner inward, so you’re left with an inverted kite shape.
To finish the tulip flower, hold your paper so there is a hole facing downwards. You’ll see that there’s a layer of “petals”. Peel off those “petals” like how you would peel a banana. Remember to do it slowly so you don’t rip your origami flower. When you finish this step, you’re done with the flower! Now it’s time to make the stem.
The first step to make the stem is folding your paper diagonally; folding the side and making them meet so you have a kite shape. Next, fold the upper corners following the crease you made earlier. Now you have a narrow diamond shape.
Then, flip the paper vertically to the folds are facing downward. Fold the paper in half, making the bottom and upper edges meet. Now fold it in half horizontally. Open the outer layer so it resembles a leaf.
To finish making this tulip, insert the stem to the tulip’s hole. Now you have a beautiful 3D tulip, your first three-dimensional origami flower. Congratulations!
What Are the Functions of Origami Flower?
Origami flowers do not have much other than creative and aesthetic purposes. But apart from that, the process of making an origami flower is really beneficial for the makers.
The two selected tutorials earlier in this article can show you how simple origami can be. However, some origami designs are much more difficult than them and require you to possess adequate skills in order to succeed making them.
In our daily lives, origami flowers are often used for decorations. Other than decorations, smaller versions of origami flowers can also be used on invitations, place cards, name tags, et cetera. Origami flowers are still chosen by many people to add a sweet accent to their goods.
I Have Never Tried to Make Any Origami, but I Want to Try Making an Origami Flower. Where Should I Start?
If you are completely blind about the basics of origami, you should follow some pictorials (tutorials with pictures) or video tutorials. That way, you can learn the origami designs with more ease because you are simply imitating the tutor’s steps in making the origami.
When you start learning how to fold origami flower, make sure you already know the basics like mountain creases and valley creases. Understanding terms like those will help you in following more tutorials in the future.