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Arranging origami flowers is actually easier then arranging real flowers, because you don't
need a vase filled with water. The folding of the flowers is what makes it so difficult for many
people. But after the folding comes the fun part. You also don't need to cut the stems 
carefully, just tearing a piece of the bottom is enough to make the stems shorter.
Finished origami flower arrangements can be placed almost everywhere in your house, they
stay in good shape at least one or two years without watering them even one time.
(Dust can be a problem after a while)
You don't have to be very precise folding most of my
flowers, this makes every flower a little bit different
then the others. If you look at real flowers, you'll
notice that each single flower is different from the
others too.
The leaves don't need to be folded very precise too,
as long as you fold enough of them to fill a whole
bouquet. Fifteen flowers in a vase with just eight
leaves doesn't look very good in most cases.
Variation in the length of the stems is good to, this
makes the bouquet look more alive.                                      This flower isn't folded very precise

                                                            I used stems of different length for this bouquet,
                                                            and some of them are more curved then the others.
                                                            Each flower is different too: Some are more opened
                                                            then the others.

First, I design a nice flower, then I place the flowers with stem in a pot or vase. After this,
I search for leaves that fit well in the arrangement. If I can't find a nice leave, I start
designing a new leaf that does fit well in the arrangement.
If the flowers are edgy, I choose edgy leaves too. If the flowers are looking round or curled,
I mostly choose round looking leaves for the bouquet.
When you've made large flowers, it's better to use large leaves for the arrangement in most

Using the right colours for an arrangement is very important to me.
I always make sure that the colours of the flowers fit right to the
colours of the leaves, stems and the pot or vase.
If you find it difficult to get the right colours, you can search pictures
in Google of arrangements with colours you like and use these pictures
as examples. Or you can visit a flower-shop to find inspiration for
a nice coloured bouquet.

I use pretty small pots and vases for my origami flowers, unless I'm making a large bouquet.
Sometimes I use a limonade glass or a mug for a bouquet.
My pots and vases usually don't have any offprint on them, so the flowers stay prominent
in the arrangement. If you like pots with offprint on it, you can just use them ofcourse,

whatever you like for yourself.

                                                        The position of the flowers is very important. I always try
                                                        to get a nice balanced arrangement, but I'm not very precise
                                                        doing this, otherwise the bouquet doesn't look very alive.
                                                        How you arrange your flowers is mostly a matter of your
                                                        own taste or style.
                                                        If I'd remove one of the two flowers in the right of this
                                                        picture, the arrangement would be out of balance.

So, these are the steps I take for making a nice origami flower arrangement:

    1.    Choose a nice flower, or more different flowers that fit well to each other.
    2.    Choose a pot or vase that fits to the flowers and place the flowers in it.
    3.    Choose leaves that fit well to the flowers, pay attention to shape and colours.
    4.    Make sure you get a nicely balanced arrangement.

You can try to make exactly the same arrangement as you see in an example.  When you've
done this more often it's nice to start experimenting a bit by making little adjustments
everytime you make a new bouquet. By doing this you start getting your own style in making
origami flowers. Some people like using very bright colours for their arrangements and others
like using autumn colours when they are making origami flowers.
You can go to a flower-shop for inspiration, or take a walk in the nature. Maybe, somebody
gave you a beautiful bouquet once and you like to make the same bouquet with origami flowers.
There are also millions of pictures with flowers on the internet nowadays: Just search pictures
in Google and type 'pink flowers', 'spring flowers' or 'beautiful flowers' and you'll get to see
a countless number of pictures with flowers on your screen.

balanced arrangement of origami flowers in a pot

sweet arrangement of pink paper flowers
colourful bouquet of origami tulips in a pot
cute purple flower with yellow center