DIY Paper Flower Garland

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After an ambitious tutorial last week today’s tutorial is something relaxing and easy to do of a summer’s afternoon (it’s always a bonus when you can make something crafty at the same time as drinking Pimm’s in the park). You can use these flowers as a decorative garland, to decorate a table, or even to adorn cakes.

For this pretty origami flower garland, you will need:

Small squares of thin/origami paper (five for each flower you want to make – so I started with 25)
Gue
Thread
Needle

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Now remember, like with any origami project, it’s key to take care to make sure the folds line up neatly as you go along, or gradually the whole flower will end up warped. So maybe don’t have too much of that Pimm’s before you start! Also, if you are cutting your squares from larger sheets of paper, it’s crucial that all the edges really are identical lengths.

Step 1 Fold your square in half diagonally into a triangle

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Step 2 With the long edge of the triangle as the base, fold the left and right points up to the top point of the triangle.

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Step 3 Carefully flatten out these little triangles into kite shapes.

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Step 4 Fold the top of the kite down so it forms a triangle.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Step 5 Now fold both the kites down the middle so the flap you made in step 4 is hidden inside.

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Step 6 Glue the edges together to make a petal shape.

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While the glue is drying, repeat steps 1 – 6 until you have five petals.

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Step 7 When all the glue is dry, carefully stick the five petals together into a flower.

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Step 8 Repeat steps 1-7 for each flower

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Step 9 Use a needle and thread to string together the flowers, attaching each one by the top of one of the petals

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Step 10 All that’s left to do now is hang them up. Cat x
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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

2 Comments on DIY Paper Flower Garland

  1. Natalie
    Sunday, November 13th, 2011 22:59 at 10:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh this looks brilliant! Can’t wait to make some of these with my daughters after school tomorrow. We have a stack of origami papers in our “makey corner” that will do the job! Thank you.

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