A fractal is a repeating pattern that occurs in nature. Fractals are a relatively new concept -- their connection to nature was discovered in the 1970s by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who coined the term "fractal." These fractals are tiny and repeat many times to create some very complex structures including trees and flowers. You can create your own origami fractal rose with a few repeated folds. This project is appropriate for beginners but requires some supervision to get the right number of folds. Use a sheet of rose-colored paper to duplicate the color of a real rose.
Fold a piece of origami paper in half. Unfold. Turn 90 degrees. Fold the paper in half again. Unfold.
Turn the paper 45 degrees. Fold in half diagonally. Unfold. Turn the paper 90 degrees. Fold in half diagonally. Unfold.
Fold down each corner of the square so that the point of the corner touches the center of the square. The center is marked from the creases of the previous folds.
Fold the corners of this smaller square shape in toward the center. Repeat the process by folding the corners of this new smaller square shape in toward the center. Repeat one more time. Folding down these corners will get progressively more difficult.
Curl the topmost flaps two-thirds of the way back so that they resemble the petals of a flower.
Curl the next layer of flaps back halfway, so they also resemble flower petals. Repeat this folding process for the next two layers down. When you reach the bottom, you'll have created your origami fractal rose.
Tips & Warnings
- The more folds you create, the harder the paper is to manipulate.
- PBS; Hunting the Hidden Dimension - The Most Famous Fractal; John Briggs
- Origami Make: How to Make a Fractal Origami Rose
- "Origami"; Hideaki Sakata; 1984
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