This origami flower and leaf makes a marvelous head ornament when creating a “Calavera Catrina”, a cultural Mexican icon and an integral part of the of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

If this origami flower is made with orange paper, it looks like a flower known as Spanish Eye (Thunbergia Alata). There is a slight difference between a real flower and the model though, as the origami version has four petals, not five. The dark center of the origami model is made by inserting a tiny black paper square and then locking it with a few folds.

The language of flowers expresses many different sentiments. In addition to making a marvelous head ornament for an origami skull, this origami flower can be used to embellish a greeting card such as birthday, get well, sympathy, or thank-you card. It is also holds its own as a stand-alone model.

The following video will demonstrate how to make this flower and leaf.

Tips and suggestions for making the origami flower and leaf

  • The origami flower and the leaf are both made with square pieces of paper.
  • A 6×6-inch (15x15cm.) square is perfect for learning each of these models.
  • If you are making a flower as an accessory for an origami skull, use a square whose side measures one third the side of the square used for the skull.  (Shown in the video)
  • The dark center of the origami flower is made by inserting a tiny black paper square and then locking it with a few folds.
  • Make the leaf with a paper of the same size as the flower.
  • The finished origami flower and the leaf show only one side of the paper. It’s not necessary to use paper with a different color on each side.
  • Both the flower and the leaf are flat. To flatten them after folding leave them under a book overnight.

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