A Simple Origami Pocket Posy

Gay Merrill Gross's Pocket Posy "An Origami Pocket Posy" www.origamiexpressions.com

Ring a ring o’ roses
A pocket full of posies
Traditional Nursery Rhyme

About the Origami Pocket Posy

Every now and again you come across an origami model that uses some of the most basic folding sequences structures in a way you’ve not thought about before.  These are the ones that show you that there is always something to be discovered and that origami designs don’t have to be complicated to be stunning.

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This model, the Pocket Posy designed by Gay Merrill Gross is definitely one of these.  It is incredibly simple to make! This is one that children can make in as little as five minutes. This is not the first model by Gay Merrill Gross that has been featured on this blog. I’ve also featured a Money Origami Mandarin Duck, His and Hers Money Origami Clothes, and an Origami Slinky.

Folding the Origami Pocket Posy

You need either two or three pieces of paper to make this design, depending on whether you want to include the central part of the flower.  If you use patterned paper for the flower petals, you probably don’t need the centre section.  Use paper that is 7.5cm x 7.5cm (3in x 3in) to make the flower petals and another the same size for the leaves & stem. If you do want to include the centre part of the flower, use a piece of paper ¼ of the size. You can buy 7.5cm origami paper from Amazon here that will do just fine.

I said above that this model uses a familiar folding sequence. The flower is basically an opened out preliminary base! If you want to include the centre of the flower, fold another one out of the smaller square and slot it in the open top.

The OrigamiUSA Holiday Tree

Every year, OrigamiUSA decorates a Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, as a thank-you to the museum for the office space they use at the museum. This is the most popular tree in New York after the tree at the Rockerfeller Center.  Click here for my review of the 2015 OrigamiUSA Holiday Tree.  OrigamiUSA gives away a model to people that attend the lighting ceremony, and this year’s Holiday Gift is this Pocket Posy! They are looking for people to fold a Pocket Posy and send it back to them to arrive no later than 20 October 2017. These need to be packed carefully and send to:

15 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

If you are planning to send some origami Pocket Posies to OrigamiUSA, please note their guidelines:

  • Please do not send models other than the Pocket Posy by Gay Merrill Gross
  • Use only 3 inch paper (the gift packaging has size limitations)
  • Use 3-inch patterned or solid color paper for the flower
  • Use 3-inch green paper for the leaf/stem
  • Creating a center for the flower from a 1.5-inch paper is OPTIONAL.
  • Do not draw on or embellish the model in any way

Origami Pocket Posy Instructions

Diagrams for the Pocket Posy are available on the OrigamiUSA website.

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About the Author


Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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