The very thought of paper craft makes us visualize intricately crafted designs that are both, beautiful and aesthetically appealing. However, as complex as they may look, these handcrafted designs can easily be made with the right instructions and a bit of practice.
Imagine yourself creating exquisite paper roses and cute animal faces with just paper and a few handy tools.
One of the most sought-after craft techniques includes ‘origami’. This craft originated in Japan. In fact, it is derived from the Japanese word, ‘ori’ that means folded, and ‘kami’ that stands for the paper. If you are new to this paper craft technique, you will be pleased to know that not only is it a great way to get the entire family engaged but also is an activity that can be cleverly used for gifting as well as home decor purposes.
Beginning your journey with Origami
If you are wondering how to make an origami project, the first step towards helping you through it would be getting acquainted with general terms related to this paper craft technique. Taking a tutorial from a book or reading up on the subject online will particularly be beneficial for you. Some of the most important paper folding techniques that you should not give a miss include the crimp fold, sink fold, pleat fold, cushion fold, rabbit ear fold, balloon fold, and chair fold.
Materials required to do Origami
While you could keep thinking about the best designs to start with, it would be great if you made a pit-stop at your stationery store before you begin. Some quirky tools and vibrantly hued craft sheets could end up giving you just the right inspirational kick you may have been on the lookout for. Some of the things you could easily purchase are folding bones, paper cutters, duo paper, washi tape, colorful pipe cleaners, and foil paper.
Origami Flowers for beginners
You have decided to start your very own origami project, but have you considered the level of difficulty you would have to deal with? If not, then there is nothing to worry about. Beginners usually tend to do well if they start with simple folding styles like origami flower designs. Floral designs are easy to make and their look can also be diversified to a large extent.
If you are making paper flowers, then all you need to start with the project is origami paper, glue, and some pipe cleaners to resemble a flower stem. Alternatively, you may choose to create a bouquet of flowers or use them as charming additions to your DIY flower pot. Whether it is an elegant tulip or a vibrant fuchsia hydrangea, the sky is the limit when it comes to experimenting with origami flowers.
Here is a step by step guide to make your first set of Kusudama origami flowers.
Kusudama, the ornamental Japanese paper flower can be made in a few steps. Kusudama balls can be made in different shapes and patterns, to start off let’s make a flower.
Glimpse of the Result:
Take a square piece of paper. You will need 5 such square sheets of the same size to make one flower.
Fold the paper like a triangle.
Lift the bottom left and join it to the top of the triangle.
Repeat this for the right side of the triangle as well.
Lift the top fold made and fold it as shown below. The fold should be in line with the base triangle.
Open the folds and flatten.
Lift the top of the flattened fold and fold this outwards like a triangle.
Fold the sides in half.
Now fold the two sides together and glue it.
Make 5 such petals and join all of them together.
Glue the sides till the bottom of the flower.
Flip over to see the beautiful Kusudama flower with neat petals.
Origami is a fun art and these kind of models will be more interesting to make and have quite an elegant look.
The next time you have to plan a party or simply go over to your friend’s place for a birthday, you will be prepared with a unique gift anyone could ever give. You do not have to be an expert to recreate the magic of this paper folding technique. You could even try your hand at designing quirky envelopes or colorful candy wrappers for your home-made sweet treats. You never know, your amazing designs may even have friends asking you how to make an origami project that looks just like yours! So get your whole family to join in and get started with this fun and constructive activity.