{origami flower}

Yesterday I went to the art store to get some supplies for my "type case project".

Usually I walk past the overpriced origami paper, but since I had done so so many times already in the past and have been thinking about it every time I enter the store, I decided to go on a splurge and buy it.
My hubby and I had a good evening (I just realize how lame that sounds. ;) ) folding origami frogs, cranes, planes.. ..and flowers!

I love this one and thought I'd share. This is a simple, yet pretty kusudama flower.

What you need:
  • 5 square pieces of paper (I used 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in, but you can use any size really, depending on how big a flower you want)
  • glue or tape
1. Fold the paper in half, creating a triangle

2. Take the left and right corners and fold them up to the middle

3. Fold the same pieces down to the right and left outside edge of the square. They will line up with the edges.

4. Open up the pockets you've just created and press them down.

5. Fold the small triangles towards you on each side so they are level with the edges of the paper.

6. Fold the triangle in half on each side, using the crease you made earlier.

7. Apply glue on the outside triangle, stick it to the other side. This is you first petal. To complete the flower, you need to make 4 more of these petals and glue them together.

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  1. What a beautiful flower! I should thing of starting origami again :)
    Thank you for sharing such nice things with us!

  2. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you so much for your comment!
    Did you start your own origami project? How did it go?

  3. you make this look so easy! I might try this with my daughter!

  4. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    It actually is very easy to do and doesn't take very long. Let me know how it works out!

  5. Wow. Beautiful!

  6. I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds!

  7. Very pretty and a great tutorial! I would like to make a group of these! Thanks for linking up!

  8. Very pretty! I've just posted another origami blossom made from a single piece of square paper, which can be used to decorate a bare branch.

    I like the double layer of petals on this blossom – must give it a try!


  9. So pretty! How easy and what a great idea for centerpieces or a wreath. Thanks for sharing this!

  10. That's so easy and gorgeous! Where did you learn that? Thanks for sharing!


  11. I made some of these out of old sheet music a couple of years ago. They turned out beautifully and my friend still has them. We hung them like pendant lights (without the lights) above her piano in her music room. Just be sure to use a bone folder or some other tool to crease the heavier paper. It makes the folds crisp and saves wear and tear on thumbnails!!!

  12. I have never tried anything Origmi, but this is inspiring :) So petite and pretty.

    I am stopping by from Whatever Goes Wednesdays at Someday Crafts, I would love to have you stop by my blog and check out my project :)


  13. Just found you through Somewhat Simple, all of your projects are beautiful. So inspiring. Keep posting your handiwork, it's gorgeous.

  14. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you all (or Texas style: y'all ;) ) for all the sweet comments! They really make my day!!

  15. Ann @ makethebestofthings says:

    Lovely! I posted about making these out of book paper for a little Christmas tree awhile back. They really are gorgeous and look so stylish. Good tutorial!

  16. wood and wine club says:

    Beautiful flower, beautiful photography!

  17. my daughter brought home a star-like ball and I was quite intrigued and thought surely we could figure it out…and then I came across your blog and this is exactly what it looked like with about 10 of them together making a ball.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Simple & so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I have a wreath that needs flowers!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  19. These are so much fun to make, I made a bunch of them and glued them to sticks for decorations at my mom's retirement party last week.

  20. Gorgeous!

  21. i absolutely love this! i would love for you to link it up to flashback fridays
    i just started a new link party called flashback fridays giving bloggers an opportunity to link up posts from their archives and more.

    you can go here to check it out:

    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  22. thanks you so much for linking this up to flashback fridays. this is awesome! i want to try it asap
    flashback fridays is going on again today and will be going all week.. go enter!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  23. Just made this in less than 10 minutes! I have to make more! Will post on my blog tomorrow, linking up :)

  24. Hi! Made my first origami flower and it was great fun. :-)


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