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Instructions: Rose Stem


This is a relatively simple design for a stem that can be wedged into the little pockets in the base. I came up with this shortly after I finished designing the base because... well... hey, you gotta have a stem, right?

stem01 Step 1

Start with a rectangle of paper in whcih the short edge is half the length of the square you folded the rose and base out of. The long edge should be at least the length of the paper for the rose but can be longer if you want a longer stem. Shown is a half square, color side down. Valley fold where the length from the fold to the short edge is about equal to adjascent corners of the rose base.

stem02 Step 2

Valley vold in half the long way from the center of the crease from step 1 to the opposite short edge.

stem03 Doing Step 2

... as seen here.

stem04 Step 3

Valley fold as shown. The long edge should line up with the center crease from step 2. Note that both of these creases are made the entire length of the paper.

stem05 Doing Step 3

as seen here.

stem06 Step 4

Open the top layers out while valley folding and mountain folding where indicated. Valley fold the bottom layer following the crease from step 1.

stem07 Doing Step 4

This is how it should look while folding step 4.

stem08 Step 4 Result

This is what you should end up with after completing step 4. Turn the model over.

stem09 Step 5

Valley fold the rest of the stem over. The crease should line up with the edge of the middle layer of paper and not the edge of the bottom layer.

stem10 Doing Step 5

As seen here.

stem11 Step 6

Valley fold the top layers from the corners created in step 5 to the center line as shown.

stem12 Step 7

This is perhaps the most complicated of all the steps in this process. In this image, blue lines represent mountain folds and red lines represent valley folds. Fold the top layers as shown.

stem13 Step 8

This is more or less what you should end up with after completing step 7. fold the 'wings' over and tuck them in between the other layers of paper.

stem14 Doing Step 8

This shows me folding one of those 'wings' in between the other layers of paper.

stem15 Step 8 Result

After all that, you should end up with something like this. This is the underside of the platform that attaches to the rose base. Turn it over so that you're looking at the top of the stem.

stem16 Step 9

Valley fold as shown. The goal here is to make this platform into a square so the actual location of the two creases can vary slightly.

stem17 Doing Step 9

It's a little blurred but it should give you a good idea of how it should look when completed.

stem18 Step 10

Attach the stem to the base by tucking the corners of the square platform into the pockets in the base of the rose.

stem19 Doing Step 10

This is why we wanted the crease in step 1 to match the distance between corners of the base. It should be a good fit.

stem20 Step 10 Result

Now you've got a rose at the end of your stem... or a stem on your rose, depending on how you look at it. Now for a little work at the other end of the stem.

stem21 Step 11

These last few steps bind the end of the stem. I prefer to do it by folding the paper but if you would like to save a little time, you can use a bit of tape at the end, or skip this altogether if this end of the stem will be stuck out of sight somewhere.

Start by opening up the inner layers as show.

stem22 Step 12

You'll want to view the full size image to see a little more clearly which folds are which. Fold where shown - mountain folds at 45 deegree angles from the point where the creases on either side of the center crease intersect the edge so that the two creases meet at the center crease. Valley fold from that point to the edge.

stem23 Doing Step 12

In a rathar blurred view, you can see me doing step 12. It is essentially an inside reverse fold on that inner corner there.

stem24 Step 13

looking at it form the side, open up one more crease. It won't open the entire lenght of the stem without mangling things at the other end so don't force it.

stem25 Step 14

Once you've got that second crease from the center opened up, valley fold where shown - from the point where all the creases intersect in step 12 to the edge. Note that the edge (in this case the left edge) is actually two layers of paper as you will see in the next image.

stem26 Step 15

Once you've completed step 14, refold all the lengtwise creases that you've undone to get to thos point, and tuck the corner into the pocket that was created in step 14.

stem27 Doing Step 15

This shows the corner getting stuffed into the pocket. Repeate steps 13-15 on the other side of the stem (not the other end, of course, since it's stuck in the rose at this point.)

stem28 And you're done!

Now you've got a completed rose with a stem.