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I have a confession: I am lousy at origami! All those intricate little folds, with my stubby fingers...it always ends up in a crumpled ball on the floor of my studio! I wanted to make a paper tulip (my favorite flower) that would both look realistic and be easy for a paper novice to make! The stem and leaves are quite simple, but getting the look of the curved petals of a tulip when using paper seemed difficult...until I used this template! There is a little assembly required, but the result is a beautiful paper tulip with the curved bloom we all recognize!

Materials:

Craft paper, pink and green

Spare chopsticks or wood skewers (you could even use a pencil!)

Glue or tape (I used a combination of both)

Scissors

hole punch (optional but helpful)

 
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Step 1: Stem and Stamen

Picture of Stem and Stamen
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  1. The stem is the easiest part, by far. The template piece is a straight strip, printed on green. Roll the stem wrap onto your chopstick/skewer and glue or tape into place.
  2. Either poke a hole into the center of the base circle or use a hole punch. I could not find my darn hole punch, so I just poked a hole with the chopstick and slid it through. Slide the base circle down onto the stem, approximately 1 1/2 inches from the top.
  3. Cut out the Stamen.  One side has a rounded bumpy look to it - you are going to cut down in between each one approx. 1/4 inch. Just a quick little snip! Then wrap around the top of the stem, making sure the bottom of it meets the base circle, and glue/tape into place.

Step 2: Petals (Part I)

Picture of Petals (Part I)
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4. Cut out all 6 petals. 3 will be interior petals and 3 will be exterior petals. Cut the little "tabs" at the bottom of each one, this will help us form the "cup" of each petal.

5. Using your stem, or a pencil, curl each petal slightly. The interior petals should bel curled inward, the exterior petals curled outward.

Great I have been looking for a paper flower to use on some LED lights Thanks

sunshiine7 months ago

This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

sunshiine

Love the way you made it, quite unique!