The Simple Flower

The image     displays a blue origami flower placed on a textured green surface.
Description by Copilot, Your everyday AI companion Windows 11 - Edited - February 2024

Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Designer/Creator: Paul Jackson - copyright UK and Israel, 1989 - 2024
For photo instructions, visit
Text-Only instructions in Danish: Copyright Hans Dybkjær,, 2023.
Text-Only Instructions in English: Copyright Lindy van der Merwe,, 2024
With thankful acknowledgement to Hans for explanation and assistance via email.
Photo: Hans Dybkjær - February 2024
Steps: 16
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
For any questions, comments or suggestions, email
Description and more information:
This simple, but beautiful flower, also called the Buttonhole Flower, was designed by Paul Jackson.
The flower is three-dimensional, with four petals that surround a stem. The stem is hidden within the folds of the paper and can be used to hold the flower
Each petal forms a funnel or cone-like structure with the opening of the cone that will seem to extend upwards into a narrow point.
Paper to be used: Speciality origami paper or fairly thin colored paper.
Any size can be used, though a square of 75 mm or smaller is recommended.
This flower looks best when the paper is the same color on both sides.
However, some flowers are e.g. light pink on the outside and white on the inside.
So, if you use origami paper that is white on one side and colored on the other, if you want the inside of the petals to be white, start with the white side up.
Alternatively, if you want the color to be on the inside of the petals, start folding with the colored side up.
The inside of the flower will be visible only at the final step of the project.
NOTE:  This model starts from the Waterbomb or Balloon Base.
 If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base, then go to Step 9.
You can also learn about the Waterbomb and other origami bases at the following link:
Step 1
Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.  
If preferred, you can also hold your paper in the air while folding.
Step 2
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.  
Step 4
Turn the paper over and position the square so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.             
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the resulting triangle at its left and right sides and push inward. The folds you made previously should allow the model to collapse into a triangular shape with one folded flap sticking out towards the front of the model and one sticking out towards the 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.
Think of the four flaps as four petals for the next steps.
Each petal is comprised of two layers and is also a pocket than can be opened from above.
Nearest you there will be a closed point where all the layers of the model come together.
Step 9
Flip the two petals on the right side over to the left so that all four petals are gathered on the left.
The petals should all be stacked on top of each other now.
Make sure that the right, closed edge of the model is in a vertical position for the next steps.
This edge will form the stem of the flower, and should therefore be upright before continuing.
Keep in mind that the top right point will become the center of the flower, while the pointed end at the bottom will become the point of the stem that you will be able to hold between your fingers.
Step 10
Fold the two petals on the left back to the right again, but now tilting them at an angle.
The fold line you want to make here will start at the top right corner and go down to the left, ending about 5mm from the right bottom corner if you are using a square of 75 mm.
Put in another way, once completed, it should be a fairly long, diagonal pleat fold that, when finished, should slant from the top right corner downwards ending a little to the left of the bottom corner.
Result: Once done, you will still have the two petals on the left, with the petals on the right seeming to be in a lower or upsidedown position.
You will know your fold is done correctly, if you have three triangular shapes now:
(A) On the left, the original flaps of the Waterbomb base.
(B) On the right and seeming as if it is in front or on top of the left triangle, you should have the newly formed triangle.
Check that this triangle is positioned so its base is horizontal or runs straight in front of you from left to right.
(C) Just beneath the triangle on the right, the stem will be visible as a small, third triangle that will be peeking out from behind the shape.
Step 11
Now, fold the two petals on the left at the same angle, but this time, using a mountain fold so they will disappear behind the already folded petals.
The stem will now be hidden within the layers of the flower with just its point poking out on the bottom left.
Make sure that all 4 petals are once again stacked nicely on top of each other.
Step 12
Pick up and hold the flower by its stem and, with your other hand, start to rotate the 4 petals so they will form a cross formation if viewed from above.
You are just rotating and positioning the petals for the next step here.
If you hold the stem in your right hand, let each petal swing in a different direction.
Think of a print letter X or dots 1-3-4-6 in a braille cell.
Step 13
Insert an index finger into the center of a petal so that it opens all the way down to the tip of the pocket.
Step 14
Press the tip of your thumb into the center of the petal, all the way to the stem
Step 15
Do this with all four petals and make sure your petals are all  open and neatly formed.
Step 16
Check that your petals are neatly arranged around your stem so that it will be hidden.
The petals should be fully open with their sides touching.
There should not be any spaces between the petals.
The stem will extend at a slight angle from the bottom of the flower.
Your flower is ready!
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, January 2024
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