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When you see a sunflower, what do you think of? I think of warm summer days, blue skies, bird seed, butterflies, bees, and Vincent Van Gogh’s vibrant paintings. I also visualize the intense and lyrical energy of Tour de France cyclists passing through the French countryside and field after field of blooming sunflowers.

This multi-piece sunflower, of my own creation, is based on a traditional six-petal flower presented previously on Origami Spirit . This origami sunflower features sixteen petals, each made with a few extra folds.

For this model I created an octagonal center, made with a separate piece of paper, which is joined to the petals by a short piece of wire. Additionally, I designed a leaf to be attached to the stem to complete the model.

The following video demonstrates how to make my sunflower (petals, center and leaf) and how to assemble these parts to make the flower.

Materials to make an origami sunflower

  • Four squares of yellow paper (6 x 6 inches – 15 x 15 cm.)
  • One of dark paper for the center (6 x 6 inches – 15 x 15 cm.)
  • One square of green paper for the leaf (6 x 6 inches – 15 x 15 cm.)
  • A piece of 26-gauge wire (about 8 inches)
  • A piece of 18-gauge wire for the stem (about 12 inches) Florist tape (about 12 inches per flower)
  • A small clothespin as a tool.

Tips and suggestions for making the sunflower

  • The yellow squares will be cut in half to make eight rectangles in a 2:1 proportion.
  • In the video, the sunflower is demonstrated using kami paper, a thin paper made especially for origami.
  • Regular office paper or fancier papers such as “Tant” are also good choices to make the sunflower.
  • It isn’t necessary to use paper with a different color on each side.The finished petals and center show only one side of the paper.
  • For the leaf, use paper that’s green on both sides.

The origami sunflower alone can be used as an ornament,
attached to a hat, or worn as a hair piece.
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Origami sunflowers arranged on a wreath.

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With stem and leaves, the sunflower can be presented alone or used in a floral arrangement.

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This variation from the sunflower has more petals, folded in a slightly different manner.
This origami sunflower will be presented in another post (coming soon).

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