The art of origami and the concept of mindfulness go hand-in-hand. Both can help you to relax and relieve stress, as well as increasing creativity and concentration.
This origami project takes you through how to fold a traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom. You could use the finished project as a coaster or small plate for candy, or as an appliqué or wall decoration if made from card rather than paper. All you will need is 5 minutes of your day and some beautiful paper!
This project is taken from Origami for Mindfulness by Mari Ono.
You will need:
1 sheet of 6in (15cm) origami paper (if you are using coloring paper, color it in before you start folding)
Difficulty rating: ❋
1 With colored side down, fold the paper in half from corner to corner, then open out and repeat, then fold down one flap from the top to the bottom edge and make the new crease just in the center. Release it and fold down the top tip to the mark you just made.
2 Fold over the right-hand side of the paper, making a crease line from the right-hand end of the top horizontal crease to the middle of the bottom edge. Next fold the tip back so that the lower edge runs along the diagonal edge of the object.
3 Turn the paper over and repeat, folding the right-hand tip over to make a crease line between the right-hand end of the top horizontal edge and the center of the bottom edge before turning the tip back so that the lower edge again runs down the right-hand diagonal edge.
4 To finish, cut out the petal shape as shown and open out the paper.
For more origami projects like this, check out Mari Ono's book Origami for Mindfulness.