How to make Origami Leaf and Stem for flowers

There are many traditional origami flower models,

but very few also give instructions for creating an appropriate stem and leaf base. This stem and leaf design will work with just about any origami flower. Simply mount the bloom atop the stem. A quick alternative to the origami stem and leaf described below is a piece of floral wire wrapped in green floral tape. You can attach artificial leaves as desired. Use whatever method works best for you.

As with most origami projects, all you really need in order to start folding is a square of paper and a suitable surface upon which to work. Use any sort of paper that you like for practice. Start out with a square of plain, white copy or typing paper and then move on to special patterned or colored paper if desired. Any paper you choose should be heavier in weight than the average notebook paper. For this project, you may want to choose paper that is green on one or both of its sides.

For origami, a suitable work surface is one that is stable, hard, and flat. You need to fold against this type of surface in order to create the most accurate folds and sharpest creases possible – these factors are crucial to the successful completion of a model. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work. This will help you achieve even sharper creases.

Follow the directions carefully.

Move on to the next step only after you are sure that you have correctly completed the preceding steps. Your patience will pay off!

  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 the dominant color is face down.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the upper-left edge over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.
  4. Bring the upper right edge over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Bring the lower-left edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Bring the lower right edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Bring the lower-left folded edge over to meet the center vertical crease line. Crease and leave folded.
  8. Bring the lower right folded edge over to meet the center vertical crease line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.
  9. Bring the bottom point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.
  10. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and leave folded.
  11. Hold the model at its bottom and peel the outer layer down and to the left to form the leaf. Add a flower to the stem as desired.

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