Making this statement origami bouquet is considerably easier than you may think… We know because we made this one in just one day!
All you will need are sheets of your chosen paper, glue, chopsticks and a Styrofoam ball.
Essentially you will be backing a series of folds in your paper to create the petals and inner stamen details. Once all your flower shapes are complete, you will glue a chopstick to the bottom of your paper flower.
Begin with a perfectly square piece of paper.
Fold the bottom corner to the top. This will make a triangle.
Fold the left and right corners up to the middle corner. This makes a square.
Fold the same points down. The folded edge will line up exactly on top of the outside edge of the square.
Open up the flaps you have just created and flatten them.
Fold the top triangles towards you so they are level with the edges of the paper. (This will result in 3 little petals on the inside of your petal; if you fold the top triangles away from you, this will result in only 1 petal on the inside of the petal - see variation on pattern below.)
Fold the triangles back using the crease you made earlier and glue the outside triangles together.
Now make 5 more of these petals and glue them all together. Make sure you wait until the glue is dry after every petal and take your time.
Once you have a few of the petals together and semi-dry, you can squeeze a line of glue down the center of all the petals, and place in a wooden dowel. Once all of the petals are glued to the dowel, you should have a flower!
From there, you can break off the chopsticks and stick them in the foam ball. Use another pair of chopsticks for the handle and cover with floral tape. Add a bow to finish.
The key to this project is taking your time, allowing the glue to dry properly before proceeding to the next step. For extra guidance, look at the images included here to guide you step-by-step.
Chiyogami Paper £6.90 per sheet, japanesepaperplace.com or store.falkiners.com; UHU £2.50 for 125ml, paperchase.co.uk; Chopsticks from a takeaway; Styrofoam ball from £1.99 hobbycraft.co.uk; Dress £255 - maidstomeasure.com; Ribbon from 1.50 per meter, vvrouleaux.com
With thanks to Michelle Pura for making all the paper flowers
As seen in the May/June 2013 issue of