I recently purchased some origami paper squares on the Festival of Japan stand at the Sandown Crafts show earlier this month, and had a go at making a small version of the dahlia flower I did earlier (see post of 3 August).
The final diameter of the flower is twice the diameter of the paper circles used. I was probably being a bit ambitious to try one inch circles, but I did manage to do 1.25 inch circles. Bit fiddly, but using the proper paper made such a difference, as it is very easy to fold. The paper is patterned one side with a plain co-ordinating colour on the reverse. I made two flowers, using the same paper, but switched the sides around. Then made a quick card with them.
I think this smaller size is very effective and looks prettier on a card than the larger version. Instructions can be found on the Origami Maniacs blog - here.
Whilst on origami, also found these delightful bows. There is one step which is a bit tricky, but I think they are fabulous for decorating pressies.
The dark blue one was my first attempt, so a little crumpled! Again, instructions can be found on the same blog - here.