Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Text Instructions - Tina Pildain, Realico, Argentina
Designer/Creator: Unknown/Traditional
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Fairly thin or speciality origami paper is recommended for this model.
Folding level: Easy/Intermediate
Steps: 23
This beautiful, four-petal flower is created by first folding the  Preliminary or Square Base leading to the Bird Base, after which the stem and then the petals are shaped using simple cymmetrical folds. Finally, the  petals are curled  outwards and downwards to create a realistic 3D flower.
The petals have a soft, delicate appearance and make a beautiful display if folded from colored or patterned origami paper.
Fold this flower as a decoration for any occasion.
Flowers can be made up as garlands or presented in vases.
They make beautiful last-minute gifts. Fold one flower or a whole bunch in different colors for someone special.
Summary explanation:
The folding of this flower is divided into 6 parts:
Part 1 (Steps 1 to 8) creates the Square or Preliminary Base as a starting point for this flower.
Part 2 (Steps 9 to 15) will describe how to  make 2 petal folds to complete the Bird Base.
Part 3 (Steps 16 to 18) will involve preparing  the model  for the next steps.
Part 4 (Steps 19 and 20) will comprise folding the stem or lower part of the flower.
Part 5 (Steps 21 and 22) will  describe the opening of the petals.
Part 6 (Step 23) describes the final shaping of the petals.
Try to focus on one part of the folding sequence at a time. This will make things easier to follow and understand.

Part 1 - The Square or Preliminary Base
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside of the flower is facing down before you start to fold.
NOTE:  This model starts from the Bird Base, which could also be described as the Preliminary or Square Base, followed by 2 petal folds. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the Square Base and then go to Step 9, or fold the Bird Base, then go to Step 16.
Step 1
Place a square  down 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.

Part 2 - Making 2 petal folds
Step 9
Position the model so that the open end is pointing toward you.
Step 10
Bring the lower left edge of the model's top layer over to meet the vertical center crease. Leave folded.
Repeat with the lower right edge.                                                                                                            
Step 11
Fold the top point down as far as it will go, so the triangular shape at the top of the diamond will cover the already-folded flaps beneath.
 Make a strong horizontal crease along the top edge of the model.
 Step 12
Unfold the top point and both the left and right triangular flaps.
Step 13
Pull the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top point. The top layer should collapse along the existing crease lines as you move upward and you should be able to take the bottom point up an over to lay flat on the work surface.
The result will be a long, skinny diamond shape sitting on top of the diamond-shaped bottom layer.
Step 14
Turn the model over from left to right.
Step 15
Repeat Steps 10 to 13 on the other side of the figure.
The result will be a long, skinny diamond shape that will now be cymmetrical and multi-layered.

Part 3 - Preparing    for the next steps.
Step 16
Bring the top point of the model, the top layer only, down to meet the bottom point.
Leave folded.
Step 17
Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step on this side as well.
The result will be a diamond with a short upper closed point and 4 longer overlapping lower flaps, one flap at the  front, one flap at the back and  two more next to each other at the center of the model.
Step 18
Now, we will rotate the figure so that the closed end is pointing towards us and the open ends are facing away from us.

Part 4 - Forming the stem:
Step 19
Bring the bottom right edge (the top layer only) to the vertical center line.
Repeat with the bottom left edge to form two adjacent acute triangles.
Step 20
Flip the model over, as if  turning the page of a book and repeat step 19  on the other side.
Now we have the still unopened flower, which at the moment has the shape of an elongated diamond divided into two parts:
The upper part, which will soon be the petals of our flower is a large diamond with a smooth surface;
The lower part or the stem, nearest us, is made up of two adjacent, elongated triangles.
Part 5 - Opening the flower:
Step 21
Raise the figure with the closed end facing the floor and the open ends facing the ceiling.
Step 22
Insert a finger into the flower through the small hole between the top four points.
Open the stem into an inverted pyramid shape, making sure no petals are folded across the vertical center crease.
Our flower is taking shape!

Part 6 - Shaping the petals:
Step 23
Gently roll all 4 petals down and out for a nice finish. This can be done with your fingers or with the help of a pencil.
Our flower is finished!
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Compiled by Tina Pildain and Lindy van der Merwe, June 2023