How to Make a Japanese Origami rose

The rose has always been one of the most difficult and time-consuming of the traditional origami models. This simpler version, however, can be completed in just a few minutes and is a great project for beginners. Leave your flowers as they are or pierce the bottom of each with a piece of florist wire wrapped in green floral tape. Use purchased or folded leaves to finish the look.

In order to begin folding, you will need two squares of paper and a place to work. Practice folding your rose with plain paper first. A sheet of standard copy paper that has been cut into a true square works well. Once you have successfully completed the model a few times and are satisfied with the results, then move on to the colored and textured papers that will give your rose a more realistic look. Paper that is the same color on both sides is recommended for this project.

You will also need to find an appropriate, well-lit place to work. Folding against a hard, flat, stable surface will allow you to make more accurate folds and sharper creases. This will not be possible if you use a soft or cushioned surface instead. Tables work best but hardback books and floors will also serve the same purpose. To make your creases even sharper, try running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work.

  1. Position one square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the rose is facing down.
  2. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  4. Turn the model over and position it so that its points are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  6. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. The model should collapse along pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangle shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
  8. Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. Position your model so that its open end is facing toward you.
  9. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded. Repeat with the right point to create a diamond shape.
  10. Bring the left point of the newly formed diamond shape over to meet the right point. Press flat.
  11. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 9-10.
  12. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) over to cross the vertical centerline. The resulting crease line should run from the model’s top point down to the midpoint of the lower-left edge. The upper-left edge of the model will also lie partially over the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded.
  13. Bring the right point of the model (top layer only) toward the center and tuck it as far as you can into the flap that was folded over in Step 12. Make sure that the fit is snug and press flat.
  14. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 12-13.
  15. Open up the model a bit by pulling at the corners of the base. Make sure that none of the tucked in portions come undone during this process.
  16. Turn back each of the four free points so that they curl outward just a bit. Set aside the completed center of the rose.
  17. Position the second square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure the color you want for the exterior of the rose is facing down.
  18. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  19. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  20. Turn the model over and position it on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
  21. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  22. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  23. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  24. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing away from you.
  25. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) over to cross the vertical centerline. The resulting crease line should run from the model’s top point down to the midpoint of the lower-left edge. The upper-left edge of the model will also lie partially over the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded.
  26. Bring the right point of the model (top layer only) toward the center and tuck it as far as you can into the flap that was folded over in Step 12. Make sure that the fit is snug and press flat.
  27. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 24-25.
  28. Insert a finger into the open end of the model and gently expand the model and flatten out the deep creases. You may find it helpful to hold the tucked in portions of the model secure while you do this.
  29. Turn back each of the model’s four free points so that they curl outward.
  30. Insert the first model into the center of the second and arrange the petals as desired to complete the rose.

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