How to Make Origami Roses

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Origami roses with stem and leaf

Origami is an art form that has been around for centuries. Roses are intensely popular blooms that can signify anything from love to friendship to apology. Combine this ancient art of folding paper with a flower that everyone loves to create beautiful and long-lasting origami roses, that you can use in a variety of ways.

Origami Roses with Leaves and Stems

Making origami roses can be lots of fun, and you'll want to practice making them to perfect your technique. A blooming rose is full and lush, while the rosebud pattern creates a smaller flower on the cusp of blooming.

To create these roses you should already have some familiarity with the basic origami folds. You'll need origami paper in your chosen colors, as well as sheets in green for the leaves and stems. The following patterns are in PDF format and will open in a new window or tab, depending on your browser settings, when you click on the image or the link below it. Each pattern contains detailed, step by step instructions along with illustrations of each step. Since the files contain many images, they make take a few moments to load.

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Uses for Origami Roses

There are many different reasons why one might want to learn how to make origami roses. For example:

  • If you can't afford to buy a dozen roses for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, surprise her with a bouquet of origami roses.
  • Make a unique home décor accent by filling your favorite vase with a few origami roses or using folded paper roses to adorn a grapevine wreath.
  • Instead of adding a bow to a gift, attach a pretty paper rose to the package.
  • Use origami roses instead of silk flowers to make a bold statement at a wedding.

Making the Best Rose

As with other origami projects, the type of paper you use can give your rose a very distinctive look. Choosing papers with gradients of red and pink will make a more realistic looking rose, while using origami paper with brighter colors or small geometric patterns will give your flower a more abstract appearance. To make the project a bit easier, however, it's best to choose paper that has two distinctive sides so you can easily tell what is the front when you're making your folds. Remember, practice makes perfect and patience pays off. Happy folding!

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