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{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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    Monday January 24th, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Friday January 28th, 2011 at 05:23 PM

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

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    Sunday January 30th, 2011 at 02:38 PM

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

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sunday January 30th, 2011 at 02:43 PM

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

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    Monday January 31st, 2011 at 05:25 PM

    Wow. Beautiful!

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    Monday January 31st, 2011 at 07:50 PM

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

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    Krafty Kat
    Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 08:32 PM

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

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    Merry Makes..
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 07:15 AM

    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!

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    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 11:41 PM

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

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    B and B
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 09:58 AM

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


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    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    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!!!

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    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 04:06 PM

    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 :)

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    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 07:35 PM

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

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 10:28 PM

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

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    Ann @ makethebestofthings
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    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!

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    wood and wine club
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 03:15 AM

    Beautiful flower, beautiful photography!

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    Sunday February 13th, 2011 at 03:47 AM

    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.

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    Saturday May 14th, 2011 at 11:35 PM

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

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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    Saturday June 18th, 2011 at 06:40 PM

    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.

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    Friday September 9th, 2011 at 08:18 PM

    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 @

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    Friday September 16th, 2011 at 05:57 PM

    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 @

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    Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 06:45 PM

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

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    Wednesday November 21st, 2012 at 12:30 AM

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

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