Try not to panic… it’s Mother’s Day  it’s Mother’s Day on 30th March 2014 (UK) and 11th May 2014 (USA). But why spend your money buying a card from MoonBeef or FunkyChicken dot com, when you could make these beautiful origami flowers at home for FREE!

Follow our easy step-by-step guide:

[corresponding video tutorial timing included in the square bracket]

1. [0:20] Take a sheet of A4 paper. Make a diagonal fold across the middle to make a square

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 1

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 1b

2. [0:50] Cut the bottom rectangle off, or fold and score the join so it may be ripped off

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 2

3. [1:05] Fold the paper along the horizontal and vertical middle

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 3

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 4b

4. [1:30] Turn the paper over, and fold along the two diagonals

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 4

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 4b

5. [1:50] Turn the paper over and lift the four corners to the middle

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 5

6. [2:05] Squash down into a square

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 6

7. [2:10] Fold the left and right corners into the middle

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 7

8. [2:25] Turn over and repeat step ‘7’

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 8

9. [2:40] Unfold left flap and open across. Squash down

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 9

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 9b

10. [3:05] Unfold and repeat step ‘9’ with right flap

11. [3:15] Turn over and repeat step ‘9’ and step ‘10’ on other side

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 11

12. [3:35] During your first practice run, write down North, South, East and West on the paper to help you out

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 12

13. [4:05] Fold left and right corners into the middle (North)

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 13

14. [4:25] Turn over and repeat step ‘13’ on South

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 14

15. [4:35] Open out to reveal sides and repeat step ‘13’ and step ‘14’ on East, West

16. [5:05] (North) unfold previous folds and pull middle down, fold back up

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 16

17. [5:45] Repeat step ‘16’ on South, East, West

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 17

18. [6:35] (North) pull top to points to open flower out, and tuck middle triangle in

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 18

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 18b

19. [7:00] Repeat step ‘18’ on South, East, West

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 19

20. [7:40] (North) fold right and left corners into the middle

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 20

21. [8:00] Repeat step ‘19’ on South, East, West

22. [9:05] Use a pen to roll petals down

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 22

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 22b

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 22c

23. [10:00] As a nice added touch, place your mum’s favourite chocolate or sweet in the centre of the origami flower

Mother’s Day origami flowers Solopress guide step 23

Want to surprise your mum when you take her out for a special meal or treat on Mother’s Day? Just leave steps 22 and 23 until you are ready to finish your marvellous, hand-made flowery gift and hand it to her.

Here is our ‘how to’ video tutorial for making origami flowers (courtesy of the Solopress channel on YouTube):

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

P.S. If you go ahead and make any origami flowers, please share your photos and Mother’s Day stories with Solopress on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/solopress

Author: Rik Haynes

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9 Comments

  1. Wow looks awesome would make a great gift alternative to flowers! just a shame i’m not very good at origami!

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