I'm not the craftiest lady, but I do know how to make some cool things with paper. I love origami. all kinds really. I play with paper when I'm nervous.
I learned how to make these paper flowers in high school
I think they are the perfect sweet gift to make as a Valentine (I made orange ones today since orange is Viet's favorite color).
They're great as singles or as a bouquet.
Here's the supplies you need:
All you really need is scissors, paper, and tape. I use a ruler and a bone folder to make things extra crisp.
You can use all different sorts of paper, but I prepare a slightly thicker colored paper from papersource (but you could also use copy paper or construction paper).
Draw out lines even widths apart. I prefer to have strips about 1.5" in width.
Cut out the strips and set them aside. These will be your stems and your leaves. I am making three flowers, so I need four strips total: 3 for the stems, and one that will become the leaves.
Since I am only making three flowers, I only need three orange strips.
So I'm just going to fold the orange piece a paper hot dog style and cut it in half.
Fold three ways (I used the bone folder to help me make nice, clear creases).
Be ware of DIY casualties (aka the dreaded paper cut):
Cut out the strips.
Fold each strip into fourths and cut out each of the pieces.
To make the flower petals, you're going to take each rectangular piece and fold it in half long ways.
For Steps 7-10:
Now, this next bit is by far the trickiest part:
With the original main fold facing downwards, you need to fold the flap down. But the key is that you want the crease to be only 1/3 of the way up from the crease.
This is after the fold here. So you're looking at the remaining 2/3 of the side that is folded down (see that 1/3 hangs down under the bottom? That will be important for the next step). I don't think I'm very good at explaining this. I hope the pictures make up for it.