Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first; note squares work very well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description: This is a rosette-type bow with a circular center surrounded by 8 small triangular points standing up and leaning outwards from center.

It is rounded off with 4 triangular points peaking out from underneath the model on the sides.


This is a fairly easy model that can be used to decorate gifts for all occasions.

It can also be used in scrap books, on cards or, if folded from small squares, as borders for photo frames or in conjunction with other paper crafts like decorating hats, for paper streamers, etc.

Using origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern, making this gift bow even more eye-catching.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

NOTE:  This model starts from the blintz base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the blintz base twice, turn the model over and repeat the blintz fold a third time; then go to Step 8.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 4

Use the crease lines on your paper to fold all four corners in to meet at the center of the square.

NOTE: This step May require some practice, because the folds should be straight and equal to each other. Try out different ways of folding until you find what works for you.

The best way I have found is to fold the top left and right points inwards to form two top triangles. Turn the model 180 degrees and repeat this last step.

Make sure that, as far as possible, all outside corners are folded neatly at a 90 degree angle and that the crease lines all lie straight and meet precisely in the center of the square.

It is fine to have very small "gap lines" between your triangles, but keep them straight and as small as possible.

Step 5

Position your paper once again as for Step 1 and then repeat Steps 2 and 3 with your folded square.

Step 6

Fold all 4 corners into the center again, similar to what you did in Step 4, to form another smaller square.

Crease very well and leave folded.

You will be working with more layers of paper, so press down hard enough with your fingers to make strong creases. 

Step 7

Flip the paper over and repeat the previous step.

Crease very well and leave folded.

Your square will now have 4 triangular flaps, each comprising 2 smaller triangles, coming together at the center of the model.

Step 8

Fold the points of all 4 triangles outward again, but not all the way. Leave a small straight folded edge on each side of the square when folding each triangular point outwards.

Press flat and make sure all edges are straight.

To explain the technique for this fold in more detail, lift one of the triangular flaps up until it is pointing straight up in the air. With your forefingers on the underside of the model and thumbs on top, make a small, straight fold by squashing the paper between your fingers. You are making a small fan or squash fold or pleat along the edge of your model. 

Do this fold on all 4 sides. Now, you will feel that there is a square area at the center of the model with a triangle on each of the 4 sides.

Flip the paper over. You should notice a triangle peaking out on all 4 sides of the model.

Step 9

Next, focus on the 4 flaps that come together in the center of your square.

Lift these up and fold them outwards, letting them stand up a little, leaning towards the outside of the square.

Fold them back as far as they will go and carefully press them flat on the inside edges of your model.

Step 10

In the center of your square, you will notice 4 more flaps.

Lift these up as well and fold them outwards as in the previous step.

Press carefully from the inside until all flaps are leaning towards the outside of the model.

Your finished `gift bow should have a circular shape in the center with 8 little flaps leaning outwards and a small triangular flap on all 4 sides.

Alternative model: 


To turn this model into a pretty picture frame, fold with large sized origami paper and omit the 4 triangular flaps at the sides.

Secure a photo that has been cut into a circular shape at the center of the frame with a little glue.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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~`~Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, December 2009