Step 1: The
leaf papers have the same size as the
stem papers. This leaf paper is prefolded
in half two times to get this pattern with
Step 6: Make
80 to 100 of these leaves for
one completed plant.
Step 5: Fold
/ bend / curve the tip of the leaf, see arrows
Step 2: Cut
along the prefolded lines to get your
Bonsai leaf papers.
Valley-fold over these 2 lines.
Step 4: Press
the model flat from aside, see arrows.
Then turn the model.
Step 3: Valley-fold
over these 2 lines.
Step 10: Fold
over these two lines.
Step 8: Crumple
the paper in your hands, by
making a paper ball of it.
Step 9: Valley-fold
Step 7: The
branche papers are half the size of
a standard stem paper.
Langeveld shows here how the stem of the Bonsai Tree should look like
Step 16: Make
10 to 12 of these branches with leaves
Step 15: Glue
the leaves into the branche.
Step 12: Now
the branche has an opening on the
left and right. The leaves are glued in these
Mountain-fold over these two lines.
Step 11: Mountain-fold
over this line.
Step 14: One
branche is done.
Step 13: Bend
/ fold / curve the branche, see arrows
Step 21: This
main stem is strong enough to hold the plant.
Step 19: Fold
the top of the main stem in half a few times.
Step 20: Wrap
tape around the top
Step 18: Insert
a metal / florist wire into the main stem
Step 17: Roll
up three a4 papers, use tape to hold them
Step 22: Glue
or tape two stem papers together.
Then crumple it in your hands to get a more
realistic looking stem paper.
Step 28: Wrap
is more tightly around the top.
Make three of these standard size stems.
The next pictures show how they are
curved / bended into the right shape.
Step 25: Bend
/ curve the main stem into the right shape,
see next picture as guidance.
Step 26: The
main stem is done.....
Step 24: Wrap
it more tightly around the top of the main stem.
Step 23: Wrap
the paper around the main stem
Step 29: Glue
one standard stem to the top of the
Step 27: Wrap
a standard stem paper around a metal / florist wire
This DIY-video also shows you how to make the Bonsai Origami Tree:
Step 30: Glue
one standard stem on the right side of the
top of the main stem.
Step 31: And
glue one standard stem on the left side.
Step 32: This
is how the Bonsai stem should look like.
Step 34: Glue
three branches with leaves to the stem on the left and also three to
the stem on the right of the plant.
Glue about 5 branches to the top of the plant.
Step 33: Magazine
papers are wrapped around the base of the
This is covered with Origami Sand (r) (c)
"Bonsai" is a Japanese word and it actually means plantings in a tray
or pot with low sides. Bonsai is an art of growing small trees in
containers. The "art" is giving the tree a special shape by techniques
like leaf trimming, wiring branches, clamping etc.