Floral Repertoire

        A little growing list of the origami flowers I love to make! This is only a number of the flowers I make and I will be adding more when the stars align to create perfect photography conditions. Now, most of these are origami designs that I've learnt from various websites and YouTube videos, usually several sources to fully understand the design and folding techniques. I won't link to sources unless a design is created originally by an individual rather than being a traditional origami. Generally when someone creates a new origami design they do specify that it should only be used for personal purposes so I avoid these.

 

        Please note that these are all in neutral stripes to avoid having your response influenced by colour preferences. These photos will be links to blog posts with more samples of those particular flowers, so you can get a better understanding of how they can look in a piece.

Two origami hearts, one with stripes and one with a centred blossom.

The two heart designs that I like the most. Hearts are a little too sweet for some, better than flower for others. At a distance hearts turn into bright spots of colours and forms, so a whole bouquet of hearts can look like flowers from a distance.

 

      These are the Stripey Heart and the Blossom Heart. There is a blossom heart in my Orange Heart Bouquet.


Two sakura (cherry blossom) origami designs, one of which can be used as a dish.

Two sakura (cherry blossom) designs. In Japan, the origin of origami, sakura are highly valued and it's not surprising that there are plenty of sakura origami types. The little guy here is a single piece of paper, while the large is a little dish of five pieces put together and glued in. You can see a third, another sakura dish, in my blog.


Four variations of paper roses, three of which are origami designs. White and silver on a dark blue paper background.

      I didn't forget the roses! From top left, clockwise: Simple Twisty Rose, Rose Bowl,  Twisty Rose, and Teeny Rose. The lower twisty rose is able to be varied considerably, depending on the type of paper and folding method. The Rose Bowl is great to pop a little wrapped lolly or foiled chocolate into for a gift treat.


You can see plenty of the twisty roses on my Pyramid Bouquet.


This little flower is an unusual find. The shape of the face is followed down through the body, like a churros that tapers to a point (YUM). The shape really needs a good strong paper to work with properly.

   This shows the side of the Starflower pictured above, with the mountain and valley folds (these are super technical origami jargon).

Two types of paper lilies in silver and white paper.

The ever sweet lilies. The petal variation is simply a cosmetic choice about curling. The real difference is in the shape; one lily is longer in body and has shorter petals while the other reverses that. Lilies are a traditional choice for funerals, but seem to be gaining in popularity for general purposes.


You can see examples of how lilies can look in my posts on the Green and Gold Lilies and also Naomi's Sweets Bouquet.


A simple handmade square blossom on a dark paper background.

The most Humble Flower, definitely not origami and all my creation. I was looking for a way to use up the tiny scraps of paper that were left. They also proved useful for fitting into small gaps and providing spots of colours evenly over a surface. You can see some of these on the Peacock Bouquet.


      The three Lotuses from the right side clockwise to the lowest piece: Traditional Lotus, Water Lotus and the Lotus Blossom. These may be my absolute favourite flowers to use. They are a little more structured and less rounded than more paper flowers, which endears them to me. There are several lotus blossoms in my Orange Heart Bouquet.


One paper flower with embedded star shape; made from five interlocking pieces of paper.

The Starflower! It's not a huge flower, but it is actually five pieces of paper, each folded and inserted into the next. It has convenient little hole in the centre to pop a wire, pin, ribbon or anything decorative through


This design is such a satisfying one to make. It sits beautifully in bouquets that need a little extra oomph if I can find the right spot, and I'm also currently making a few of these for gorgeous Christmas decorations. There's a nice star of this kind in my Peacock Bouquet and I put a shorter one on the back of each of my Green and Gold Lilies in this blog post.