Text-Only Instructions -

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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.

Folding level: Intermediate

Steps: 16

Description: This is a 3-dimensional, fairly flat, open flower with 4 petals radiating out from its center. The flower is resting on a pointed base, which makes it ideal to place on top of flat surfaces like cards, boxes and tables.


This is a simple, but beautiful model that can be used to decorate almost anything - table decor for special occasions, cards, boxes, scrap books.

It can also be hung as a mobile or wall decoration or used as a Christmas tree decoration.

Consider using striped paper for this model, or paper with a swirly design, giving the impression of lines radiating out from the center to the edges of the flower.

 If you are using two-sided origami paper, make sure that the side you want for the inside or visible part of the flower is facing up before starting to fold.

NOTE:  This model starts from the preliminary or square base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.

Step 1 

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.

Step 3 

Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.

Step 4 

Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.

Step 5 

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

Step 6 

Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Grasp the left and right points of the resulting rectangle, pick the model up from your folding surface and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds.

The result will be a square or diamond-shaped model, with four flaps one each to the left and right, front and back.

Step 8 

Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat.

The model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you.

Step 9

Bring the lower right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical center crease line. 

Crease and leave folded.

Step 10

Bring the lower left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical center crease line. 

Crease and leave folded.

You will now have a kite-shaped model lying on top of a diamond.

Step 11

Turn your model over like turning the page of a book and repeat steps 9 and 10 so that you end upp with a model that is cymmetrical, resembling a kite.

Step 12

To start opening your flower, pick up your model and hold it between your thumb and forefinger right at the closed bottom point or base of the model.

With your other hand, find the loose, triangular flap nearest you at the top of the model. Gently pull it towards you and use your fingers to shape the flap so that its point starts to curl down, like the curved petal of a flower.

Step 13 

Repeat Step 12 with the single-layered triangular flap at the back of the model.

You will now have a shape with two triangular points (on the left and right) standing straight up in the air and one-layered front and back flaps that curl down and away from the center of your model.

Step 14

Next, while still holding the model at its bottom point, grasp the left triangle that is standing up at the center of your blossom and pull it downwards and to the left as far as it will comfortably go, until it comes to rest between the front and back petals of your flower 

You will notice that your model is no longer flat, but is starting to open into a 3d shape as you do this step. Gently curl the left flap you have just folded down in the same way you did with the front and back flaps in previous steps.

Step 15

Repeat Step 14 on the other side, pulling the triangular flap downwards and to the right.

Step 16

Lastly, press all 4 flaps of the model fully open if necessary. You can curl the petals a little more if preferred. You will notice that your blossom actually has a stem, which is one of its great features, since you cannot only hold it comfortably, but if you press the stem or bottom part flat against the flower, it provides a base for the flower, making it possible to secure it on top of a flat surface like a gift or a card. If you bend the stem or point of the flower slightly, it can also have the nice effect of lifting the blossom just slightly from the flat surface.

Alternatively, you can keep the stem unfolded and add a leaf. The flower can even be pressed entirely flat if preferred.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe - June 2013