Are you allergic to roses but still have an endearing spot for this delicate flower of love? Then we suggest trying your hand at folding an easy origami rose instead. In just 8 simple steps, you will have a cute little flower to give to the one you adore or decorate your home with.
Note: For this easy origami rose model, we suggest you use origami paper that has the same color and pattern on both sides. This is because the color of the center rose pedals will not match if you use paper that has a different color on each side.
Start with a square piece of origami paper and fold it in half vertically and horizontally. Then unfold. You will use these lines as a guide for Step 2.
Fold all 4 corners of the paper so that they meet at the center point created by the folds in Step 1.
Rotate the paper 45 degrees so that it looks like a square instead of a diamond. Repeat Step 2 so that all 4 corners meet in the center.
Again, rotate the paper 45 degrees so that it looks like a square instead of a diamond. Repeat Step 2 so that all 4 corners meet in the center.
All 4 corners should now meet in the center, creating 4 flaps. Fold each corner back to about ¾ of the full length of the flap. Once you have folded back the 4 corners, you will see 4 new flaps that were hidden underneath.
Fold back the next set of 4 flaps that were hidden in Step 5 as far back as they can go. Once you have folded back these 4 flaps, you will see 4 more flaps that were hidden underneath.
Repeat Step 6, folding the flaps hidden in Step 6 as far back as they can go.
For the final step, fold back the 4 small flaps (shown in the image below) so that you cannot see them. This helps “lock” the model so that the rose pedals do not unfold.
Easy Origami Rose Completed
You just learned how to make an origami rose!
Tips on Choosing the Right Origami Paper
Part of the fun with folding origami is the paper you use. For this easy origami rose, we think Japanese washi paper would be an excellent choice (you can even buy washi paper direct from Japan).
If you would like to learn more about the kinds of origami paper available in Japan, and how you can buy some of your own, be sure to read our article on how to choose the right origami paper for your next folding project!