Origami Daffodil

Uploaded by mkoistinen on 24.02.2010

To start we're going to start with a hexagonal sheet of paper, ah, and what we're going to
do is a series of hill and valley folds, ah, so that we get a kind of a folder up triangle,
like so, of each side.
So we have the center at the apex of the triangle and we have each of the sides form the base
of the triangle.
So what we're going to do then is we're going to fold down each of these sides or corners
really, so that we have..., and this is very similar to the lily fold. In fact, most of
the folds we're going to be doing are very similar to the lily fold.
So there's one.
Now, you should have something that looks a bit like this.
Um, all of the corners of the hexagon are now folded up and form... these are ultimately
going to be the pedals, the outer pedals of our daffodil.
OK. Now. Again, similar to the lily, we're going to take these corners and fold them
up and kind of invert the sides to allow that. Its a little bit trickier than the doing the
lily because these sides are shorter. Um, but, nonetheless, with a little bit of skill
and patience, it'll come out nice.
So it started like this and it folded up and in like that. And then I fold it down when
I'm down.
OK. Now, this is what you should have. You should have all your pedals folder much like
you would have done the lily. Ah, and they're all folded in the down position.
Now what we're going to do now is the tricky part and the main difference between the daffodil
and the lily we're going to basically unfold the whole sheet of pap... no, no we're not.
We're going to mark off here, roughly an inch down or so. You're going to mark off by creasing
as hard as you can, a spot on the paper, then we're going to open the whole thing up.
And you're going to see that crease has now formed a ring. And we're going to invert that
center part. Now what I've found is that its best if you kind of go through and reinforce
that initial marking crease with some firmer creases on each of the sides here.
So that you get a nice ring-shape.
Now what we want to do is re-fold everything but now the center part to we want to fall
into the inside. So, the way I do that is reinforce the outer folders like I need them
and that will kind of push the inner folds to where they need to go. But, its a... it
fights a little bit because we've basically we've just trained the inside of the paper
to fold one way now we're telling it to go the other. Um..
But none-the-less... we kinda re-train it and it'll get there.
So. Once you kind of um, retrained it a little bit, then you need to get a little tougher
with it and, um, let me fix this little area here... you push it in further until you're
back to your original shape, but now with a pushed-in center. I've just gotta go go
back and fix this little bit here.
OK. Now, I'm just going to um, set this down on the table. Just to reinforce the shape
really strongly and push these creases in a little bit.
Alright. Now you should have a shape that looks much like we had, but now has a inverted
inner part and don't worry so much about this little uneven bit. It will be ah... You won't
even notice it in a bit.
Anyway, now that you've done that, the next step is to take each one of these pedals and
fold it down like so. Leave a little bit of space between the inner part because you're
gonna have to fold it together in a minute. Just a little bit though.
And we're gonna do this for all six of the outer pedals.
OK now you should have a shape that looks largely like this. All the outer pedals are
at the top... even thinner then they were earlier.
Now lets take the pedals back down... fold them back out... nice and neatly. I have to
say that because of my pace, this fold's coming out a little bit sloppy but I suspect it'll
make a nice daffodil anyway.
Real life flowers aren't perfect and nor should their origami counter-parts be.
This is the final pedal I'm putting down.
Now I'm gonna... now I'm gonna make 'em all kinda stick out. For those of you who have
worked on a lily you should recognize your work. This should like quite a bit like a
lily at this point although with shorter pedals.
Now we have essentially a six-leaved lily with a truncated stem. But um, that's not
what our goal is.
What I would like to do now is fold these little things down. I find that it helps the
integrity of the final flower a little bit. I just go around in circles and fold them
in half. This side of the flower wont be seen much anyway. This sit the back-side of the
OK. And, now I've done that.
Now, let's focus on this part. So here we go, we have now our folded-in stem part. I'm
going to force it out a little bit but I'm going to be careful. I don't want the area
between these adjacent faces to come out. I want just the um, just the faces themselves.
So, what I'm going to start to do is... I'm going to start to fold... just... just kind
of crease the um, out a little bit on each of the adjacent.. the sides adjacent to the
pedals and try not to let the space between them come apart...
Like that...
You kind of work your way around doing that more and more so that you slowly start to
expand the front of the flower out...
Like so...
And there. We have, a bit sloppy, but none-the-less, a lovely origami daffodil.
Thank you.