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A Quick Origami Rose, a Variation and a Leaf –Three in One!

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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.

Made and photographed by Louise Flax Oppenheimer

  • The video includes a rose variation with raised center. When you’ve mastered the original rose try this variation too.


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{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Mª José October 19, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Hola Leyla!
    Las flores me han quedado preciosas. Es una idea genial.
    Muchas gracias.

    • Leyla Torres October 20, 2014, 1:37 pm

      Me alegra que te guste, Ma. José. Gracias por escribir!

  • John October 2, 2014, 9:52 am

    This is a beautiful model Gay. I’ve enjoyed making it.

    • Leyla Torres October 2, 2014, 9:54 am

      Gay is a wonderful creator of simple and elegant origami models.

  • Lucy Wong October 1, 2014, 6:54 am

    Yeah, Leyla. I totally agree with her. I think you should make that video tuturial. It would be awesome.



  • Alvena Chong October 1, 2014, 6:53 am

    Hi Leyla! I’m from Malaysia, the country right above Singapore. Origami is not very popular here but I love it. I have a friend who is Jewish living in Sweden. I would like to make a Star of David. The one that looks like this. ww.youtube.com/watch?v=bTAoiewODJ4 I hope this is not much to ask. I think this would be a great video for you to post. My friend is leaving for Paris for her studies in pastry making in 4 weeks. So please, Leyla. Please make a video tutorial for me so that my friend can receive it before she leaves for Paris.


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