How to make an Origami Bellflower

This bellflower is a traditional origami model. Although there are many steps involved in its creation, this project is a relatively simple one to complete. Just follow the directions carefully and proceed to the next step only when you are confident that you have correctly completed all prior steps.

Fold your bellflower from a square of paper colored any shade of blue, purple, or pink; or, use any color you like. The only requirement for paper is that it should be cut into a true square and should be a bit sturdier than the average sheet of lined notebook paper.

The only other item you need for this origami project is a stable, hard, flat surface upon which to work. Use a table or hardback book as your work surface and avoid cushioned or soft surfaces like pillows or carpets. You have to fold against a hard surface in order to achieve the sharp creases needed for a successful model. Make creases even sharper by running a ruler edge or pencil over each one as you work

  1. Position a 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 that color you want for the exterior of your flower is face down.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  4. Position the square so that its edge are facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  6. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Grasp the resulting rectangle at its left and right sides and push inward. The folds you made previously should allow the model to collapse into a diamond shape with one folded flap sticking out towards the front of the model and one sticking out towards the back.
  8. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Re-crease and flatten the model. Position it on your work surface so that the open end is facing toward you.
  9. Bring the upper right edge (top layer only) over to meet the model’s vertical center crease. Crease and unfold. Now bring the same edge back to the center of the model along the crease line you just made.
  10. Open up the bottom-right edge a bit (top layer only) and push the model’s right point inward. The right side of the model should collapse along the crease lines made in Step 9 to form an upside-down kite shape. Press the model flat.
  11. Bring the left side of the kite shape over to meet the right side. Press flat.
  12. Open up the bottom left edge a bit (top layer only) and push the model’s left point inward. The left side of the model should collapse along the crease lines made in Step 12 to form an upside-down kite shape. Press the model flat. Turn the model over.
  13. Bring the upper right edge over to meet the model’s vertical center crease. Crease and unfold. Now bring the same edge back to the center of the model along the crease line you just made.
  14. Bring the left side of the kite shape over to meet the right side. Press flat.
  15. Bring the top point of the model down to meet its bottom. Crease and unfold. Now bring the top point back to fold along the same crease line that you just made. Crease and unfold.
  16. Open up the bottom left edge a bit and push the model’s left point inward. The left side of the model should collapse along the crease lines made in Step 14 to form an upside-down kite shape. Press the model flat.
  17. Bring the lower-left edge of the model up the meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold. Now bring the same edge backward to fold along the crease line you just made. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge.
  18. Push the lower left and right edges of the model together so that they meet along the vertical centerline. The bottom edge should automatically come up toward the top of the model to form a point. Press flat. The top layer of the model should now resemble a kite.
  19. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Press flat.
  20. Repeat Steps 17-18. Turn the model over.
  21. Repeat Steps 17-20.
  22. Pull down the triangular flap located on the surface of the model. Press flat. Repeat for the back of the model and both sides.
  23. Open up the model at the bottom so you can see inside.
  24. Working from the exterior of the flower, bring the left and right points of each of the four long creased, diamond shapes together. Then fold its bottom point to the interior of the model. Leave the four remaining short points in place.

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