DIY: Origami Blossoms

A reader recently asked me how I made the origami flowers that I have featured in my blog header, and I thought “why not make a tutorial”?
I made these years ago when I worked at Achievement House. Part of the work we did involved recycling the paper from old books. I saved a few pages from some old atlases that came through, just because I thought the colors and designs were so pretty. I decided to make some flowers out of them, which ended up turning into this little art project, which is currently sitting atop the curtains in my sewing room. I topped them all with vintage mother-pearl-buttons.

If you would like to make your own, here’s how. It seems a bit complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it you can make them really quickly. You’ll need to start with a perfectly square piece of paper.

I’m sure there are tons of adorable things you could do with these blossoms. I’ve made a mobile and made really tiny versions into earrings (I’ll be selling some at the craft fair this weekend). If you would like to make them out of map paper, I would suggest checking your local thrift store for used atlases and road maps. Feel free to link back to this post and share what you’ve made!