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Flat Unit Origami Ideas for Handmade Cards

Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas online.

Origami embellishments

Origami embellishments

Handmade Greeting Embellishment

Handmade cards just got easier. Use this flat fold origami pattern series for your next round of handmade cards!

After pursuing flat unit origami for a few years, a designer of paper rosettes will start tweaking folds they find a bit too simple for the look they want to achieve. Presented below are variations of a fold that appears in the book reviewed below.

The main reason to make these paper rosettes or card embellishments is to apply them to something. Explore four variations below for new handmade card ideas.


  1. Decorative Papers
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue
Basis origami for card making

Basis origami for card making

Table of Contents

  1. Original Pattern From Memory Folds
  2. Variation #1
  3. Variation #2
  4. Variation Idea #3
  5. Tea Bag Folding Variation #4
  6. Memory Folds Book Review
Completed embellishment

Completed embellishment

This is the original fold from the Terri Pointer book reviewed below. It is called a Star within a Star. This guide shows variations of the pattern.

Variation #2

Tuck the outer edge kite (blue arrow) behind the left edge (red arrow) of each unit.

Tuck the outer edge kite (blue arrow) behind the left edge (red arrow) of each unit.

The gray and white rosette below is another example.



You can see how color, type of paper, and paper weight can give subtle looks that make each project interesting results. Tucking the half-kite as in #2 makes the center pop. The gray and white rosette at the center top is an example.

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Book Review

Tea Bag Folding and Memory Book Ideas

Tea bag folding, or flat unit origami, is perfect for scrapbooking as this book illustrates on the cover and inside. The pattern folds generally lay flat and then pop out when the page is opened to give the scrapbook page some depth. The card embellishments slip into envelopes nicely, as well. Do you design handmade cards? I hope these ideas are enjoyable. Add them to your greeting card idea book.

If you are new to this papercraft see my introduction page about tea bag folding titled Tea Bag Folding: a Flat Unit Origami Craft.

© 2012 Sherry Venegas

Paper Folders and Card Making Questions

Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on June 08, 2015:

Good eye, It is thumbnail 2 in 'Teabag Fold Variation #3'. The tips at the tip and bottom are folded only quarter. The result is a more pointy looking rosette. Thank you, Fanienne

fabienne on June 08, 2015:

humm I can't find the (H part you are talking of in your variation 3. As far as I can see it stops at G).

Nevertheless I love Tbag folding and these folds are awesome. Thank you for sharing them.

Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on June 13, 2012:

@AustriaChick: First handmade greeting cards, than memories books, paper crafts, such as, bookmarks, hanging paper ornaments, make them big for party decorations. My other TBF lenses show all the ways.

AustriaChick on June 09, 2012:

These are lovely, but what do you do with them?

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