24 July 2014

Origami roses

[Chapter: DIY + tutorials]

The sight of these classy chocolate roses got me into a serious mood to make roses, paperwise that is. And I ended up making 3 different kinds cos’ they look so beautiful that I couldn’t wait to learn to make them all!

1. Kawasaki rose

I first tried the Kawasaki rose, named after its creator Toshikazu Kawasaki, by following this demo and cross referenced with another demo [part 2|3]. The leaves are folded based on this tutorial.


There were several steps I had no idea what to do, so after some struggling and hair-pulling, I finally figured out what was going on EXACTLY!

1. Begin with the left flap (indicated *). Take note of the diamond square (marked by the 4 dots) in the middle.

2. Pinch the fold, bring point 1 down to point 2.

3. Repeat step 2 on all three sides and keep in view of that middle diamond. The paper will be in an awkward stage but persevere on!

4. This is how awkward it’ll be.

5. Slide a finger along each of folded strip (from step 3), moving gently in an anti-clockwise manner, tending towards the centre. You will have to use your finger to pop up/help the diamond take shape along the way. The diamond should eventually twist (anti-clockwise) and then flattened (provided the paper is thin) in place, if not just press it down.

6. Done. [close-up]

7. Turn over.

8. Start at the top (*). Identify and mark all creases. G and H are for step 12 and 14 respectively. Open up the flap.

9. Identify D and use a finger to push it up.

10. C and A should be perpendicular to each other and a depth between C and B is formed.

11. Repeat steps 8-10 on the other 3 sides so as to end up with this.

12. Identify E and F. F is half of crease A.

13. Pinch E as shown.

14. Then lift F to align with H (made in step 8).

2. Bird base rose

I watched this demo to make the Bird base rose created by James Sakoda.


1. Close up the 2 front flaps.
2. Do the same for the other 2 flaps behind.

3. Fold down top flap to the front.
3. Fold down the next standing flap to the back.
4. This is now ready for the next step.

3. Standard rose

Followed this demo to make this rose bud.


Both centre creases must be well-creased mountain folds, so that the folding up of each quarter will be easier.

The real beauty of all these three roses is they are not too complicated to make once every step is laid out clearly and every intended fold well-creased. And as with every origami pattern, you can’t help but marvel at the ingenuity of their creators.

[Update: See how I've used one of these roses for a DIY wedding - preview and reveal]

Comments (33)   2009.08.20

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  2. From Lynn

    My dear Clara these roses are spectacular!! The leaves too. You’re so right, the brains behind them are geniuses. Now, which one should I start to make?

    2009.08.21 @ 1:40 am

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  4. From Anastasia

    These flowers are so lovely! Do you make and sell them? I would love to give to some friends…

    2009.08.21 @ 9:53 pm

  5. From Jane

    Yeah … it’s not easy to do them but you’ve done such a great job! Keep it up, Clara. Appreciate all the info. Thank you.

    2009.08.21 @ 10:03 pm

  6. From Lynn

    Thanks for showing us such beautiful roses and leaves!

    2009.08.22 @ 2:56 pm

  7. From Liz

    Wow. That first origami one is way out of my league!

    2009.08.22 @ 9:07 pm

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  10. From lling

    a very inspiring and nice site!

    2009.09.27 @ 1:16 am

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  13. From Tammy

    Your origami is amazing! ♥

    2010.05.01 @ 2:50 pm

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  15. From Al

    Fantastic tutorial – thanks for sharing.

    2010.06.23 @ 10:23 pm

  16. From Debbie in Nashville

    These look like so much fun! Thanks for the great tutorials.

    2010.06.27 @ 11:42 am

  17. From NATALIA

    I´ll send to my friends!!
    Kisses from Spain ;D

    2010.07.07 @ 6:20 pm

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  20. From Nancy

    Your roses are beautiful. Each one is special in it’s own way. I would love to attempt this someday. I watched a PBS special recently on origami “Between the Folds” and was mesmerized. Such patience you must have! …and a mathematical mind, too!


    2011.03.22 @ 12:33 am

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  22. From wow

    Wow….. That;’s all i can say, this is real hard. O_O….

    2011.08.08 @ 7:08 am

  23. From mode tendance

    tenue parfaite! très mignonne!

    2012.02.17 @ 12:53 pm

  24. From Timothy

    Manage to follow everything for the first rose, but don’t know how to make the last step to get the pretty roses in the big picture. Somehow the middle part of the rose (the 4 dots in the middle), just can’t seem right. Anyway, very good job, good tutorial and you even got my attention to try it. Love the detail very much. Well done & Thanks for sharing.

    2012.06.14 @ 12:21 pm

  25. From Kristen

    These are so cute. I’m terrible at origami but I may give it another shot after seeing how beautiful your roses came out.

    2012.06.17 @ 11:15 am

  26. From bloomize

    @Timothy, @ Kristen Thank you so much!

    2012.06.18 @ 12:19 am

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