Paper Cherry Blossoms
|Create your own cherry blossoms or sakura flowers by folding and cutting paper in a few easy steps. Arrange the flowers on a dried branch for a lovely spring décor.|
Choose the paper size.White or pink US Letter size paper or any square piece of paper can be used to make paper cherry blossoms.
a.) US Letter size - start out with US Letter size paper (8½" x 11") or paper with the same proportions. Cut the paper into four equal sections for larger flowers or 16 equal sections if you prefer smaller flowers. Each section makes one flower.
|b.) Square - choose smaller square origami paper (4" x 4" or 2 ¾" x 2 ¾"). You can also cut your own square from any rectangular paper by following these easy steps.|
Make the first fold.Except for Step 3, the rest of the steps are the same for the paper square and the US Letter size paper.
The first step is to fold the paper up in half.
Mark the point "X"."X" is the point along the paper's left edge that defines the succeeding folds.
a.) US Letter - "X" is the midpoint on the left edge. This can easily be marked by folding the paper in half and creasing the paper lightly at the corners. Unfold.
|b.) Square - "X" is the one-third point from the top of the left edge. You can either estimate the location or measure it with a ruler.|
Make the second fold.Fold the bottom right corner up towards "X".
Make the third fold.Fold the bottom left corner over the right edge.
Make the fourth fold.Finally, fold the top right corner over the left edge.
Cut an arc.Cut an arc starting from the right edge going up towards the left. The resulting shape at the bottom is your folded cherry blossom.
The position of the arc defines the size of the flower. The closer it is to the bottom, the smaller the flower will be.
|For comparison, this is how the folded paper square looks like after doing all the steps above.|
Cut a slit at the tip.Cut a diagonal slit at the tip of the shape.
Cut a small semi-circle.Cut a small half-circle or half-oval shape along the paper's longest straight side. Try to keep the cut-out close to the bottom tip of the shape.
Unfold the paper.Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your paper cherry blossom.
|The cherry blossom from the paper square will look exactly the same as if you used US Letter size paper.|
Arrange the flowers on a branch.Make several paper cherry blossoms and glue them on a dried branch. These particular flowers were made using US Letter size paper divided into 16 equal sections. The resulting flowers are about 1 ¾" or 4 ½ cm in diameter.