This beautiful decoration is from the Aveuglami website at aveuglami.fr, the home of The Aveuglami Project.
Original text for this model in French, copyright Michel Lucas.
Folded with the friendly help of Google Translate.
Designer/Creator: Darren Scott
Diagram available at:
web.archive.org flower for rose.pdf
Description and more information:
This modular creation is a flat or two-dimensional decoration. It is created by folding 8 very simple units that start from the Kite Base and then joining them into a single fairly rounded shape. The outline of the model has a somewhat scalloped appearance while the front surface has a pleasing swirling feel to it. The finished model thus resembles a flower-like design with 8 petals that seem to curve outwards from the center point.
Although folding this model is not difficult, it requires the folding of many small points on the outer edge of both sides of the decoration, which may require precision and attention to detail.
Since the colors will be visible where the small points are tucked in around the outer edge of the model, it is suggested to make this decoration from 1 color, or, at most 2 alternating colors.
Don't let this stop you from trying this wonderful model though. As is often the case, your folds will get better with practice.
Phase 1: Folding the first unit
NOTE: The units of this model start from the Kite Base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 6.
If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Place the square with its points to the left and right, top and bottom or in a diamond formation.
Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.
You will have a 2-layered triangle with a hinged edge along the bottom.
Fold the right top edge, the top layer only, diagonally down to meet the bottom hinge fold. Crease and leave folded.
Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step, but now with the left top edge of the triangle.
You will now be left with a multi-layered, flat triangular figure that is positioned with its points left and right.
Open the model by bringing the top point down to the bottom.
Your model will now have a smooth surface and its outline will look like a kite shape.
Next, turn over the shape and rotate it so that the 2 folded flaps are nearest you with the single-layered triangle point facing away from you.
Take the single-layered top triangle and fold it down to just cover the 2 folded flaps beneath it.
Then unfold it and tuck it in under the 2 folded flaps so that it is hidden within the folds of the unit.
The top of the unit will now have a straight edge.
Flip the skinny triangle over from left to right.
Lastly, fold the bottom point nearest you straight up so it comes to rest at the center of the top edge of the shape.
Make a strong crease along the bottom of the module and leave folded.
This completes the basic folded unit.
Phase 2: Fold more similar units
Repeat steps 1 to 9 7 more times so you have 8 similarly shaped units to work with.
First look at one of your folded units.
* The front of the unit is made up of a two-layered triangle that is pointing away from you.
* The triangle has a vertical slit down its center, which creates a pocket on the left and right of the slit.
* The back of the unit is shaped like a cup with a straight bottom edge that slopes outwards on both sides, ending in a flat top edge that is a little wider than the bottom edge.
* You will notice that the back also has a vertical slit down its center and 2 large, almost rectangular loose flaps on either side of the slit.
* In the instructions that follow, you will be working on both the front and back of the units.
Phase 3: Assembling your model
Place a unit flat on your folding surface so its front triangle is pointing away from you. The back of the unit will be facing the table. It will seem if the triangle is lying on top of the cup shape.
Make sure the bottom of the cup shape is horizontal before starting your assembly, so the bottom of the cup will be nearest you and the wider rim will be furthest away from you.
Note that all units will be placed in this position for the assembly of the flower.
Now take the second unit and hold it to the right of the first. Slide it to the left into the slit at the center of the first unit.
Slide it all the way as far as it will go. It will come to rest at an angle. Make sure it fits right into the bottom left corner of unit 1 and that its left edge is snug against the edge formed by the triangular pocket of unit 1.
Next, slide your finger along the left edge of unit 2 until you find its point furthest away from you. You will notice that this point is sticking out above the edge of the paper.
Use a mountain fold to fold the small point of unit 2 away from you, so it folds straight over the edge of the model.
Tuck this point into the layers of the model so it is no longer visible on either side of the shape.
Make a strong crease to settle the point in place.
Just to the right of the point you just folded in, there will be another point, this time sticking out from the back of the model.
Use a valley fold to bring this point towards you, but like you did before, tuck it inside the folds of the paper so it also disappears. Actually you will only tuck this point behind the loose flap at the back.
Flip the units over from left to right.
Find the pointy flap that is lying diagonally near the left edge of the shape and tuck it under the flap just underneath it. So, simply lift the loose rectangular flap and let the triangular point slide in to the inside of the flap.
The point will now also be hidden on the inside of the figure.
Flip the model from left to right and repeat Steps 11 to 16 to add a third unit to the right of unit 2.
Continue to add units, each time turning the model anti-clockwise. Make sure that the last unit on the right is in a horizontal position before adding a new unit.
This will help you with orientation and make things easier as the units start to fill up the circle which will be forming.
Make sure each unit is fitted and locked into place securely before adding the next unit.
As you add units 6, 7 and 8, it may feel as if things are starting to get crowded. Just keep adding units as before, making sure each unit is secured before adding the next.
Once you have added unit 8, tuck in the left edge of unit 1 into its left pocket and fold over the last 2 points at the outer edge like you did before.
Turn the decoration over for a last time and tuck in the last point that you will find at the back. Make sure no other triangular points are visible. Tuck them under the flaps at the back of the model if necessary.
Flip the flower to the front and make sure all units are tucked in securely and that all the small points around the outer edge of the flower is folded over and tucked into the inner layers of the model.
You should have a scalloped edge with no points sticking out. Also check that the center of the model is completely closed. If needed, gently press the units together toward the center of the model.
It should hold together now and is ready for use.
Making origami accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled: The Accessible Origami Project, August 2023, with thankful acknowledgement to Michel Lucas for his kind assistance in explaining the assembly via email