Origami Flowers by Andreas Bauer is an app that will help teach you the ancient art of paper folding so that you can make amazing origami flowers. It was updated on October 13, 2013 and is available in English only. The app requires just over 12MB of storage space.
There are tons of things you can do with your finished flowers: give them as stand-alone gifts, put them on top of wrapped gifts as embellishments, make interior decorations with them, turn them into Christmas tree ornaments, and use them for place settings at a dinner party.
When you first launch the app you’ll see all the flowers you can learn to make. There are 13 in total, ranging from a Simple Tulip with six steps to an Iris with 19 steps. You’ll also learn how to make a Simple Stem, Tulip, Money Flower, Lily, Water Lily, Lily Pad, Bellflower, Camellia, Hydrangea, Cherry Blossom, and Cornflower.
Along the bottom of the screen you’ll see four menu options: Diagrams, which is the first page that launches; Basics, where you’ll learn how to do the basic moves; Gallery, where you’ll see photos of completed origami; and More, which gives you a bunch of options.
The Basics screen teaches you how to make the different folds (Valley Fold, Mountain Fold, Inside Reverse Fold, Outside Reverse Fold, Squash Fold, and Petal Fold), how to fold and unfold, and shows you the different symbols for the different moves.
The app might cause some difficulty for some people who have spatial problems. The Simple Tulip is easy enough to make, but the other ones are more difficult, particularly for people who have never made origami before.
The app has simple instruction, with one step per screen. Swipe to the left to move to the next step. As mentioned, you get a gallery of images of folded flowers, and a description of all of the symbols and folds. You can also use the images as wallpaper for your device if you want.
The app is currently running on Version 2.1. The update added new images for Cornflower and Hydrangea, and added support for iPhone 5 and iOS 6.
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Personal Comments by Reviewer
I’ve never made origami before and I expect it would be a bit easier for someone with a bit of experience, or if there were videos you could watch. Some of the steps seem pretty confusing because you’re not sure exactly where the paper is supposed to go and the 2D illustrations aren’t really that clear – at least for me.
I imagine that with practice these would get a little easier to follow and you could make some pretty spectacular flowers, especially if you use special origami paper.
Quite a few different choices when it comes to the type of flower to make
Some people may find the steps hard to follow
No videos to show how to make the flowers
For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad with iOS 4.3 or later
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