Made and photographed by Louise Flax Oppenheimer
Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. This origami rose is easy to make and will probably become a staple in your repertoire of origami flowers. Once you’ve made a couple of roses and leaves it will take no more than five minutes to make a pair.
The origami rose and leaf were designed by Gay Merrill Gross (USA). Gay is a prolific origami artist, teacher, and book author. She has a knack for creating simple and beautiful origami models like this rose and leaf.
The following step-by-step video shows how to make Gay’s Quickie Rose, a leaf, and a variation. Thank you Gay for giving permission to share your rose and leaf.
Tips and suggestions for making the origami rose and leaf
- Many kind of papers can be used to make this origami rose.
- In the video, the rose and the leaf are demonstrated using a paper similar in weight as office paper.
- “Tant” paper is make a good choice too. Do experiment with thinner papers as well.
- The finished origami rose shows both sides of the paper so paper with the same color on both sides would be ideal.
- The paper for the leaf should be about three quarters the size of the square for the rose.
- If the paper size for the rose is 4×4-inch (10×10cm) the leaf should be sized 3×3-inch (7.5×7.5 cm).
- This origami rose is the perfect model to make a lei or garland of flowers.
- The video includes a rose variation with raised center. When you’ve mastered the original rose try this variation too.
- To color your own paper for this origami rose, see our video on how to color paper for origami.
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