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If You Read One Article About Origami, Read This One

Understanding and Practicing the Art of Making a Beautiful Origami Flower

It is always nice to learn new things despite our busy schedule, like learning the art of origami as a form of releasing stress and tension in a day’s work. Origami is considered the art of paper folding, and it is usually associated with the Japanese culture. The main objective of origami is converting a flat sheet square of paper into a beautifully finished sculpture by sculpting and folding. Origami principles are applied in packaging, stents, and other engineering applications. There are basic origami folds which can be combined in different ways in order to make a more detailed and intricate designs.

Almost any flat or laminar material can be used as a medium for origami, as long as it can hold a crease. Origami paper or “kami” is usually colored on one area, and white on the other, sold in prepackaged squares of various sizes ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches or more. “Kami” makes a suitable medium for a wider range of models because it weighs than a copy paper. For making waterbomb and crane, a normal copy paper can be used, whereas papers of heavier weight can be wet-folded, allowing a more rounded sculpting, becoming sturdy and rigid when dried. There are different types of origami including action origami, modular origami, wet-folding, pure land origami, origami tessellations, and kirigami. Origami flowers are beautiful and intricate, making a lovely gift for Valentine’s day, birthdays, Mother’s day, anniversary, and many more. The kusudama flowers make a beautiful flower ball, used as a decoration or an ornament masterpiece during the holiday season. Origami flowers may come as azalea, bell flower, dahlia, cornflower, cherry blossom, lotus, rose, sunflower, tulip, and more.

You’ll need a 6 by 6-inch sheet of paper when making flower petals. First, turn your origami paper so it looks like a diamond, and then fold the bottom half into a triangle shape horizontally, making sure to align the points before making any crease. With your triangle facing upwards, take the left point of the triangle and fold it so the tip is aligned with the top triangle’s point, and repeat the same steps with the right side of the triangle. Fold the left point of your original triangle diagonally, meeting the last crease you just made and unfolded, and do the same with the right triangle’s point. Now, you can fold the two points of the triangles backward over themselves, giving your two folds with serious creases, then unfold them. The triangles’ left and right points are folded and towards the center, so you’ll have two funnel-like shapes which meet in the middle.