Origami Flower X (Ali Bahmani)

Origami Flower X (Ali Bahmani)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami. And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Flower X designed by Ali Bahmani (from Iran). This is a very clean and elegant design, and it’s fairly simple to fold. This model requires one square sheet of paper. If this is your first time folding this model, I recommend using a six inch or larger square. Using a 6″ (15cm) square will result in a flower that is 3″ (7.5cm) wide. i’m going to be using paper with color on one side and white on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow along. And once you’ve prepared your paper, then we’re going to start with a white side up. And then we’re going to fold in half vertically. So take this right edge and fold it over to the left edge. Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again, take this right edge and fold it over to the left edge. Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold. And now we’re going to pull up this bottom edge and align it with the center horizontal crease. So simply pull up the bottom edge, and once it’s completely aligned with the horizontal crease, then you can make your crease. And then you can unfold. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we’re going to do the same thing. So once again, fold up the bottom edge and align it with the center horizontal crease. Just pull it up like this, and once it’s completely aligned, then you can make your crease. Unfold. Then again we’re going to slightly rotate the paper and fold up the bottom edge and align it with that center horizontal crease. Then you can make your crease. Again, unfold. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we’re going to do the same thing one last time. So just pull up the bottom edge, and once it’s aligned with that center horizontal crease, then you can make your crease. Unfold one last time, and you’ll see that we’ve created a 4×4 grid. And now we’re going to fold in half diagonally. So take this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners and edges, then make your crease, then you can unfold. And then we’re going to make a diagonal crease in the opposite direction. So I find the easiest to do this by rotating the paper 90 degrees, and then we’re just going to do the same exact thing. So pull up the bottom right corner, align it with the top left corner, and once both corners are aligned then you can make your crease all the way across. Then you can unfold, and then we’re going to turn the paper over. And now we’re going to fold up this bottom edge and align it with this top horizontal crease. So we’re just going to pull it up like this, and once the edge and the crease are aligned, then we’re not going to crease all the way. Instead, we’re going to make a small horizontal crease in between the left- and right- most vertical creases. So you basically want to start your crease in the middle, and then we’re going to fold out in each direction until we reach those vertical creases, just like this. Unfold, and you can see that we’ve made this small crease here. And what we want to do is rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing. So once again, we’re going to lift up the bottom edge and align it with the top-most horizontal crease. And once they’re aligned, then we’re not going to crease all the way. We just want to make a small crease, just like we did before, in between these two vertical creases here. Then you can unfold, and again we’re going to rotate the paper, pull up the bottom edge, align it with that top-most horizontal crease. And once they’re aligned, then we’re going to make a small horizontal crease in between the two vertical creases just like we’ve been doing. Unfold. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees and we’re going to do the same thing one last time. So again, pull up the bottom edge, align it with the top-most horizontal crease, and then make a small horizontal crease in between the two vertical creases just like we’ve been doing. Unfold, and your model should look like this. Now we’ve finished all of the pre-creasing for this model, so we’re just going to start collapsing along existing creases. And as you can see, I’ve only marked the important creases that will need for the next step. So what we want to do is start making mountain folds along the outer diagonals and this larger inner square here. And if you’ve been following along up to this point, then the creases should already be in the correct orientation, so we just want to reinforce them. So we’re going to lift up the model, and I find the easiest to start by reinforcing mountain folds along this larger inner square here. So we’re going to start with the bottom edge, and we’re just going to pinch that mountain fold from the top, just like this. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing. Then we’re just going to repeat this process on all four sides of that inner square, just like this. And to make that square keep its shape, what we want to do is reinforce the small diagonal creases that extend from its corners. So we’re going to start with the bottom right corner here, and we’re simply going to pinch that small diagonal crease from the top, just like this, to make it a mountain fold. Then we’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing. Then we simply want to repeat this process on the remaining two corners, just like this, until you’ve done that on all four sides. And once you’ve done that, you’ll see it really emphasizes that inner square here. And as you can see, I’ve marked the creases that we’ll need for the next step, so basically we’re creating valley folds along these small diagonal creases, as well as around this inner square here.So we’re going to start by making valley folds along these small diagonal creases here. So let’s start with this bottom right corner, and what we want to do is push down on that small diagonal crease from the top, just to make it a valley fold. And at the same time, you want to push the bottom and the right edges towards one another. So we’re just going to push them in like this, just to re-collapse along that crease. Once you’ve done that, then we’re going to rotate the model 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing on this bottom right corner here. So once again, push down that small diagonal crease and bring the bottom and right edges towards one another, just like that. And your model should look something like this. Then we’re going to rotate the model 90 degrees once again, and we’re going to do the same thing. So once again, push down the small diagonal crease from the top and pinch the bottom and right edges towards one another. Then we’re going to rotate the paper one last time, and we’re going to do the same thing. So again, push down on that small diagonal crease. Then bring the bottom and right edges towards one another, and once you’ve done on all four sides, your model will not lie flat and it should look something like this. And now comes the interesting part. So what I want you to do is put one finger on each edge of this inner square here, just like this. And you basically want to push all four edges towards the center of the model at the same time, just like this. And a model will lie flat in the center, and you’ll have these four flaps that are standing straight up and down. And to flatten out the model, we’re going to fold down these four flaps in the counter-clockwise direction. So we’re going to start with this flap on the bottom right, and we’re simply going to fold it over to the right as far as it goes, just like this. Then you want to make a new crease, just to flatten it out, and you’ll see that the top edge of the flap will align with an existing horizontal crease. Then we’re going to do the same thing on the top right. So we’re going to fold this flap up as far as it goes, just like this. Then you can make your crease just to flatten it out. And again it’s left edge will align with an existing vertical crease. Then we’re going to fold the top left flap over to the left as far as it goes, just like this. Flatten it out by making a crease, and then we’re going to do the same thing on the bottom left one by folding it down as far as it goes. Make your crease, and once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to make four new creases by folding these flaps in the clockwise direction.So let’s start with this bottom right flap here, and we’re simply going to fold it down as far as it goes, just like this. Then you can make a crease, just to flatten out all the layers. Then on the top right flap, we’re just going to fold it over to the right as far as it goes. Again, make your crease just to flatten everything out. On the top last lap we’re just going to fold it up as far as it goes. Make your crease, and then on the bottom left flap, we’re just going to fold it over to the left as far as it goes. Make your crease, and once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to focus on the top right flap here. And we’re going to start by lifting up the top right flap so that it’s straight up and down. And you’ll notice that the flap has two separate layers of paper on this part, here, closest to the center of the model. So what we want to do is slightly separate those layers. So you just want to put your finger inside, just like this, just to separate those layers a bit. Then I want you to notice this point here where three layers of paper come together. And what we want to do is bring that point into the very center of the model. So i find that the easiest way to do this is to grab the back side of the unit, and you basically want to push it in towards the center of the model like this. And you’ll see that as you’re doing this, the model start to collapse along existing creases and it will form a small square in the center of the model. So you just want to flatten out that small square, and you’ll notice you still have this flap which is straight up and down. So in order to make it lie flat, we want to separate these two layers on the backside of the model, just so that you can see the white inside. You want to put your finger all the way inside towards the center of the model like this, and then you basically want to push down on this colored flap so that the model re-collapses along existing creases, just like this. And you’ll know that you’ve done this correctly if you’ve created a square shape like this. So just flatten out all of the layers of paper, just like this. And now we’re going to repeat this process on the remaining three sides. So we’re going to start by rotating the model 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing on the top right flap here. So we’re going to start by lifting up that flap so that it’s straight up and down. And we first want to separate the two layers closest to the center of the model. Just put your finger inside, just like this, so that those layers are separated. And then again we want to bring this point towards the center of the model. So we’re going to grab the backside of that flap, and we’re carefully going to fold it in towards the center of the model, just like this, so that it re-collapses along existing creases. And you’ll see that you created this little square shape inside. Then to flatten out the rest of the flap, we simply want to separate the two layers on the back side, just like this. So push in towards the center of the model, and then we want to push down this color flap from the top, just so that it flattens out along existing creases. At this point, your flap should have a square shape, then you just want to flatten out all of the layers. And now we’re going to repeat the same process on the remaining two sides. And once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to focus on these four flaps in the center of the model. So let’s start with this flap on the top right. And what we want to do is lift up that flap from the center of the model, and we’re going to pull it up and over to the right as far as it will go, just like this. You’ll see it reaches a point where it doesn’t want to go any further, and that’s where you want to make your crease. And once you have that, then we want to do the same thing on the top left. So we’re going to lift up the top left flap from the center of the model, and we’re going to pull it up and over to the left as far as it goes. Once again, it will reach a point where it doesn’t want to go any further, and that’s where you can make your crease. Then we’re going to do the same thing on the bottom left. So we’re just going to pull that flap down and over to the left as far as it goes, just like this. And once it reaches a point where it doesn’t want to go any further, then you can make your crease. Then we’re going to do the same thing one last time on the bottom right. So just pull that flap down and over to the right as far as it goes, and then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. Now we’re going to turn the model over. And now we’re going to focus on this bottom flap here. You’ll see that there are separate layers on the left and right sides, so we’re going to start on this right side. And what we want to do is basically fold up this corner as if we we’re creating a paper airplane. So you’re just folding the corner up and over to the left, just like this, so that the flap aligns with this existing vertical crease. And as you’re doing this, you’ll see that the paper will re-collapse along existing creases on the layer underneath. So once you have that, then we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So we’re just going to fold it up and over to the right, then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that on the left and right sides, then we’re going to rotate the model 90 degrees and we’re going to do the same thing. So once again, fold up the bottom right corner and align it with the center vertical crease. Then you can make your crease, and then we’re going to do the same thing on the left. Just pull it over to the right. You can also align with the flap that you just folded in, and then you should have this. Then you’re going to rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to repeat this process on the remaining two sides. And once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. And then you can unfold all 8 flaps that you just folded in. And now we’re going to reverse fold along existing creases. So we’re going to start with this top flap here, and what we want to do is lift up on the top layer paper so that we can see the colored layers underneath, just like this. And from here we want to pinch these two diagonal creases from the top to make them mountain folds. So we’re going to start with this one on the right, and we’re just going to pinch it from the top like this. Then we’re going to do the same thing on the left. And once you’ve done that on both sides, you’ll see that the layers behind will collapse along existing creases as well. Then you can just fold this flap back down, and now you’ve reverse folded those two corners. So from here we’re just going to rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing. So again, lift up on the very top layer of paper, just so that you can see the colored layers underneath. Then we want to pinch these two diagonal creases from the top to make them mountain folds. So we’re going to start with this one on the right, and when you pinch it from the top, you’ll see the layers will re-collapse along existing creases from behind. And we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So just pinch that crease from the top to make a mountain fold, then we can just fold that flap back down. And now you’ve done that on two sides. So we’re simply going to rotate the paper 90 degrees, and we’re going to repeat the same process on the remaining two sides. Once you’ve done that on all four sides, your model should look like this. And now we’re going to focus on the bottom of the model. So what we want to do first is lift up on this small white triangle. So we’re just going to pull it up like this temporarily. And then you’ll notice that the layers on the left and right sides of the bottom of the model are separated. So we’re going to start by working on this right side, and what we want to do is fold this corner over to the right corner of this small square here. So we’re basically going to lift up that corner, and we’re going to pull it up and over to the right as far as it goes, just like this. Then you can make your crease. And then we’re going to do the same thing on the left. So we’re going to lift up that small corner, and we’re going to pull it up and over to the left as far as it goes, just like that. Then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that on both sides, then you can fold down the small white triangle that we folded up at the beginning. Now we’re going to rotate 90 degrees, and we’re going to do the same thing. So again, lift up that small white triangle. Then we’re going to start on the right side and we’re going to fold that corner over to the right as far as it goes. Then you can make your crease, and we’re going to do the same thing on the left. And this time you can align it with the colored flap on the other side as well. Then you can make your crease, and then you can fold down the white flap just like we did before. Now we’re going to rotate 90 degrees once again, and we’re going to repeat the same process on the remaining two sides. Once you’ve done that on all four sides, then you can turn the model over, and your Origami Flower X is complete! I hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami Flower X designed by Ali Bahmani. Feel free to upload photos of your completed Flower to the YouTube Gallery on my website to be featured here my next video, or simply upload your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #ezorigami to be featured here as well. Also, be sure to check out Ali’s Instagram and Flickr photostream for more of his impressive work. I’ll post the links in the video description below. And if you liked this video, definitely check out some of the other low intermediate origami tutorials featured on my YouTube channel as well. Again, I hope you enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for watching!

31 thoughts on “Origami Flower X (Ali Bahmani)

  1. It looks wonderful Evan. Thank you, as always for such a clear tutorial, I can't wait to try it when I get home 🙂

  2. Hey Evan, can you make a tutorial on your logarithmic spiral? I have always wanted to make it but I can't find any instructions/tutorials/ crease patterns and I don't know what to do!

  3. IDIDIT! IACTUALLYDIDIT! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY
    happy dance
    THANK YOU SO MUCH

  4. Thanks Evan for great videos. When I need to do some origami, I can rely on your videos for clear instructions. They give me the confidence to try other models.

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