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!
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)
hole punch (optional but helpful)
Step 1: Stem and Stamen
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
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.