Tonight, I’m going to pass over this blog to my 13-year-old, because she taught me how to make this 3D flower.
So in a photo diary style, here is a step by step on how to make one. Anyone got any remnants of wrapping paper they want to use up? Maybe you’re a Gelliprint enthusiast and have loads of prints that you could use? Perhaps, you even like collecting patterned envelopes for iris folding or enjoy making teabag origami cards. Whatever your passion for papers and prints, here’s how.
fold each square diagonally corner to corner to form three triangles
Two ways of doing this: open out each folded sheet (back to original square). There will be a small hole at the centre. Use the creases as a guide and draw 8 petals to create a flower – each crease being the centre of a petal. Or if you’re brave, you can draw one petal on the folded triangles and cut out. Try both methods and find one that you feel comfortable with.
when you’ve cut one flower out, you can draw around this for the other two flowers (makes it quicker to do and the flowers will be the same size).
hopefully this won’t sound two complicated! I did mention to my daughter afterwards that it would be less fiddly to start with four squares … but this is her blog post!
Take the first flower and cut away 1 petal
Join the loose petals together with tape to form fourth flower OR cut a fourth flower out of another print, piece of paper or card
Join the section of each flower to form whole ones again
Insert the stem through the centre of each flower layer and pull through just enough (about 1-2cm) to make the middle section or stamen of your 3D flower. Attach the lower flower to the stem using tape or glue.