When you look up origami bouquets, you might see images of different types of origami flowers, folded from patterned or themed paper, and tied up neatly and used as a decoration or even as a bridal bouquet. Most of the bouquets I’ve made before have all been one type of flower but in different colour shades, so I thought I should spend some time branching out.
The most popular flowers are lilies, tulips, and kusudama flowers. I mixed up lots of colours on the same colour spectrum and different patterns. I also added some carambola flowers later – I had to learn how to make these from a video fairly quickly but I will come back to this in a different project!
The stems I am using are sugarcraft stems used in baking – they are already wrapped for you and a bit sturdier than normal wires. I could wrap it myself if I wanted to…
I also got myself a new glue gun and changed the way I attached lilies – I glued a bit of tissue paper to the stem and then slid the stem through. It will still need wrapping at the base with florist tape though.
I also needed some floral tape to hold the stems together. I learnt a neat trick to cover the bottom of your bouquets with a piece of spare ribbon glued to the bottom, before the wrapping step.
Leave enough ribbon to tie a large bow where you’d like it to be, ideally as tall as the vase you are using, or where you’d hold it.
The flowers may push each other a lot so make sure they are extra secure! They will squish up and fall off otherwise. I definitely have plans to make more types of themed bouquets.
Below you may also notice – I got a new light box to take photos with! Hopefully my future photos will looked almost professional in quality!
– 15cm square assorted patterned origami paper
– 15cm plain purple paper
– 18g sugarcraft stems
– florist tape
– purple satin ribbon
– tissue paper (if needed, to attach some flower heads)
– hot glue gun
– craft knife and cutting mat
– wire cutters