Origami Harebell

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Harebell flowers can be found in nutrient-poor grasslands. They can survive in the cracks of pavement, along the sides of rock cliffs, and in sand dune – they are hardy plants! Most flowers are blue-violet, pink or white in color. The flowers have 5 fused petals which form a bell shape.

The origami flower shown here has 4 petals and it is green! Clearly this is a stylized version of the true harebells found in nature. However, the great part of this paper flower is that it’s super easy to make. Despite the ease of construction, it is very beautiful and can capture a lady’s heart. Learn how to put the harebell on a thin stem here.

Instructions for Origami Harebell

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Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper with the colored-side facing up.

Fold the paper along the diagonals in both directions; unfold. This gives you a “X” shaped crease.

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Step 2:

Turn the paper over. Fold the paper in half (left to right). Unfold.

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Step 3:

Fold the paper in half (top to bottom).

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Step 4:

Gently push the top-left and top-right corners of the paper as you lift the front section (red dot).

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Push the corners towards one another a bit more…

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Swivel the flap of paper pointing towards you to the right. There should be a similar flap of paper behind the model: swivel this flap towards the left.

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Step 5:

You should have square that is a quarter the size of the original paper. This is a special intermediate stage called a Preliminary Base.

Working with the top layers only, fold the top-left and top-right edges of the paper towards the central midline.

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Step 6:

Fold the bottom-left and bottom-right edges of the paper towards the central midline.

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Step 7:

You will now do the Squash Fold.

First, unfold the previous step slightly.

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Peel apart the two layers of paper (arrow shown on one side, but perform squash fold on both sides).

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Squash down the paper so it lies flat. Align the crease mark with the edges of the paper so you can squash the paper evenly.

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Step 8:

Fold back (mountain fold) the paper so it tucks behind the model (see next photo).

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Step 9:

Turn the model over and repeat steps 5, 6, 7, and 8.

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Step 10:

Fold the top-left and top-right edges of the model towards the central midline.

origami harebell

Step 11:

Fold the bottom-left and bottom-right edges to the central midline.

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Step 12:

Do the Squash Fold.

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Peel open layers and squash down.

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Step 13:

Mountain fold
and tuck behind.

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The origami flower is pretty much done. You just have
to curl the petals.

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Step 14:

Roll the tips of the flower around a pencil or a wooden skewer. Do this for all 4 petals.

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Step 15:

Spread apart the 4 edges of the model so the flower becomes 3D.

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Step 16:

Use your finger to pop open the flower so it has more volume. Side & top views.

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You can leave the flower like this, or you can attach it to a thin stem. To do this,
– get a length of floral wire,
– form a loose loop on one end,
– wrap floral tape over the loop,
– insert the wire through the flower,
– wrap more floral tape around the wire,
– mold the stem so the flower hangs down.

You can also add more origami harebell flowers on the same stem to get a delightful cluster of flowers.

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