Having fun with paper isn’t just for children, so here’s a papercraft that’s for adults, or older children.for the home. When I first wrote this post, I’d not quite worked out the template for this, but now it’s a lot easier to create your own version. Read below for the instructions on how to fold an easy origami flower notelet.
You might have seen my post on 5 ideas for easy and cheap (or free) paper ideas for children or my papercrafting ideas for the home.
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N received one of these as a thank you note, and I grabbed hold of it because I loved how it was folded. I’m planning to make lots of these in different patterns and send as thank yous or little notes from myself. The folding is a bit of a nightmare, but they do look really sweet. And once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s easy.
What you need to make this origami
- Craft paper* (ideally patterned on one side, but any paper will do.
- Printer if you’re using my template (the best most reliable one we’ve had so far is my HP Envy 500 which has lasted 4 years so far) . You can just trace it or create your own.
How to fold an origami flower notelet
1. Get one piece of paper*, draw round a plate or circular item to make a circle. Draw a 6 point star inside it. Add petals on the outside between the start points. Ok, that’s a nightmare to draw unless you’ve got computer programmes, so
Just download the printable template and print off. You can enlarge or reduce the size according to the paper and size you want to make.
2. Cut around the outside of the flower shape.
3. Fold along the relevant lines – the longer ones fold inwards, the short (vertical) ones in the middle of the petals go outwards.
4. To fold the notelet shut, aim to push the petals up, focusing on the vertical ones all being folded out. Then you should be able to take each of those and fold them in a clockwise direction down to flat.
There might be a bit of adjusting on the folding to do, but it should be there or thereabouts. Then you’ll have a pretty flower notelet, that you can write a message inside.
I made lots of origami flowers in different patterned papers, so they can be used for lots of different decorative purposes – either keeping them able to open, or glueing them shut. If you make them in different sizes you can make some great creations – why not try creating a ‘bouquet’ of them inside a box photo frame* for a lovely mothers day gift or thank you for someone.
Here’s ideas on what you can use them for. Being paper they’re great for decorative touches as they can be recycled easily.
How about for a present gift tag?
Or group lots together for a pretty wreath?
I’ve just used tissue wrapped card for this one, but you could cover a proper wreath base.
I’m also thinking I could make one with fabric and then decorate a t shirt or bag, or make a brooch. A great way of upcycling unwanted/outgrown clothes.
Are you an origami fan? What can you make?
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