Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

This model has been folded by me without any external reference or resource.

It was derived from the "Origami Cup" (MDL0003 - Accessible Origami - Volume 1).

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Note squares also work well for this model, especially to place on cards as pots for flowers.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 9

Description: This is a representation of a flower pot with a narrow bottom, widening towards its top edge. It is a flat, 2D model that may be used on a card.

If folded from two-sided paper, the rim of the pot will be a different color from the pot itself.

The back of the model has some triangular shapes while the front is made up of the rim at the top edge and a smooth surface for the rest of the pot.


This is a great beginner origami project for kids to make and decorate.

It can also be used on cards, in scrap books or to decorate gifts, especially when folded with flat models of flowers, plants or fruit.

For example, the flat tulip could be glued onto a card first and the folded pot added at the bottom so it appears the tulip is standing within the pot.

For cards or scrapbooking, fold the pot and flower, plant or fruit from small note squares that are the same size.

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

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape, with the points facing up and down, left and right.

Step 2

Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded.

You should have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open points facing away from you.

Step 3

Bring the top point of the model, top layer only, down to meet the bottom edge. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 4

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous Step on this side. Crease well.

Your initial triangle will now have a flat edge at the top.

Step 5

Bring the left bottom point of the triangle over to the right and slightly upwards, so the left edge meets the top edge of the model. Crease and leave folded.

Make sure your model is still straight at its top edge. The fold you have just made should not extend past the top edge. Note that its point will not reach all the way to the right. This is perfectly fine.

Step 6

Repeat with the right bottom point. It will also come to rest along the horizontal top edge and it will cover the previous fold.

The outline of your fold will be a basic pot or bucket shape with the sides sloping upwards and outwards. Make sure that your edges and corners are cymmetrical and neat before the next step.

Step 7

Turn over the shape from left to right.

Step 8

Take the bottom point on this side of the model and, using a mountain fold, tuck it under as far as it will go. Press flat and crease well.

Step 9

Use another mountain fold to fold the bottom edge of the rim in half one more time. Make a strong crease and press flat.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2021

Revised, January 2023