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Geometric Origami flowers appeal to our sense of beauty and offer an experience of meditative mathematical repetition. This flower, designed by David Martínez, is an exquisite example of using the principles of folded tessellations. Origami tessellations are mosaic-styled designs folded from a single sheet of paper creating a repeating pattern of folded and pleated shapes. This tessellated [...]

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Are you a fan of five? At Origami Spirit we have featured some lovely models made from a pentagon, and now we’d like to present the Star Flower, a new pentagonal origami model. Did you know that the largest largest number of flower families is five-petaled? The number five may be found all around: five senses, five [...]

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Let me climb into your heart! If you give me a kiss I’ll turn into a prince. If I give you a kiss you’ll become a cute little frog. Which do you prefer? Valentine's Day is just around the corner. As with any other holiday, it offers a good excuse to make some sweet origami [...]

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In a previous post and video you learned how to make the Star of Gratitude. The star has a central frame and also some convenient pockets to add inserts. Here you will learn some great ideas to enhance this model by adding inserts at its center.  And, among these ideas you will  also learn how to use [...]

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Two squares of paper, a few minutes of joyful paper-folding meditation, a lovely mandala design and an origami star is born! If you've ever made an origami figure using the windmill base, this eight-pointed star should be a breeze to fold. I'm excited to share with you this origami star of my own design. I [...]

origami sunflower

The previous post featured the first version of this origami sunflower. This variation is made by adding two extra folds to each petal and making more of them. Both multi-piece sunflowers, of my own creation, are based on a traditional six-petal flower presented previously on Origami Spirit. This origami sunflower features twenty four petals, each made with [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Sunflower (1 of 2) -Bring Joy to Your Life!

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 [...]

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I’d like to share again this traditional origami bow tie previously presented at Origami Spirit, and suggest that it be used it to make a handsome greeting card for Dad on Father’s Day. The bow tie involves only a few folding steps. It can be completed in less than five minutes. I’m often asked how [...]

Thumbnail image for The Mondrian Cube –Quiet Elegance and Mathematical Beauty

At first glance an origami cube might not seem as appealing as an origami rose or an origami elephant. But this origami cube, –known as Mondrian Cube, has a quiet elegance and a precise mathematical beauty that make it as much an object of artistic expression, as it is a challenging puzzle looking to be [...]