Hello, folks! My name is Summer, and I'm from My Bohemian Summer. I specialize in origami flower art, wedding bouquets, and favors, and I'm very excited to be here on BRIDES Daily with a fun DIY project. Follow my instructions (the pictures will be a big help!) and you'll have a lovely origami centerpiece or place card that doubles as a favor. No special skills are required, and even those who are all thumbs will get the hang of it after the first few times.
• 6-by-6 inch origami paper, scrapbooking paper, or any paper that you desire
• 6-inch bamboo skewers or chopsticks
• Hot-glue gun
• Wire cutters or heavy shears
• Matting or card stock, cut into 1.5-by-3-inch tags
• Hole punch
• Raffia or ribbon in any color
1. Start with your origami paper, with the white side up, or, if you're using paper with designs on both sides, put the side that you want visible down. Fold the bottom right corner to the top left corner. Unfold and do the same thing to the other side.
2. Now fold each corner into the center of the paper. Leave a little gap between each fold, so they do not touch or overlap.
3. Fold the bottom right-side corner to top left corner; unfold and do the same on the other side. When finished, flip your paper over. You should see an X across the paper from where you folded last, on top of a faint T.
4. Using your index fingers and thumbs, push in from the left and right of the T to the center of the X. The top and bottom of the T should fold in, leaving you with a four-point star.
5. Now fold the corners together to get a triangle.
6. Select one corner and raise it up. Open the flap.
7. Press the flap down flat, so the crease goes down the middle.
Tip: If you're having difficulty getting the flap to lay flat, you can use a skewer or a chopstick to open the base.
8. Repeat with other flap. Then turn the whole thing over and do the same with the other two. When you're finished, you should have one kite shape.
9. Looking down into it, you should see four points on the right side and four on the left. Lay your kite flat so that the long end is pointing toward you. Now fold the bottom up about a half an inch, then unfold.
10. Holding your kite shape at the fold you just made, and with a flat side facing you, slowly pull out the two tallest corners on the left and right. (The top and bottom petals will unfurl as you do this.) Press all four petals flat with your thumb, so you now have a basic flower shape.
11. Using a skewer or chopstick, roll each petal around and down, toward the center of the flower.
12. Cut the point off the skewer, add hot glue to the top, and push it through the center of the flower.
13. For the tag, punch a hole and thread through the raffia or ribbon.
Tip: Fan out the raffia to look like leaves.
14. Repeat to make a beautiful (and lasting) bouquet!
—Summer Skillman, My Bohemian Summer
Photos Courtesy of Summer Skillman