Start out with a square piece of paper, preferably thin or lightweight paper. You can use square origami paper or follow these easy steps for making a square from any rectangular piece of paper.
2Fold diagonally in half.
Fold the square diagonally in half to come up with a triangle.
3Fold in half.
Fold the resulting triangle in half to make a smaller triangle.
4Fold in half again.
Fold the resulting triangle again in the middle to come up with an even smaller triangle.
5Rotate and fold.
Rotate the triangle so that the longest side is positioned vertically and the solid corner (the corner corresponding to the paper's center) is at the bottom.
Bring the bottom short side towards the triangle's long side.
6Cut above the straight edge.
Cut above the horizontal straight edge.
7Draw an arc and cut.
Draw an arc starting from the top corner of the triangle's vertical side and ending about ½-inch from the bottom of the opposite side. This arc defines the shape of the flower petals. Cut along the arc.
8Unfold the paper.
Carefully unfold the paper to reveal an eight-petaled flower.
Cut out a circle from paper, felt, craft foam, or fabric. Glue this at the center of the flower.
9Make more flowers.
We also have craft instructions for making other fold-and-cut paper flowers: