Spring is here but if spring flowers are still a few weeks away for you, as they are here, why not fold an origami tulip – or a bouquet of them? This is one of those great paper folding crafts that looks really impressive but is simple enough for a child of about 4 and up to do it. You can make them with any kind of paper you like; I like to use kite paper because it’s semi-transparent and looks really lovely set in a sunny window.
Related Article – How to Fold a Simple Window Star with Kite Paper
Materials needed for your Origami Tulip
-pipe cleaners for the stems
I apologize for the dim photos and my scaly winter-dry farmer’s hands in the pictures! It’s almost spring, featuring thunderstorms, snowstorms and many lambs and kids to care for, so the former and latter are u.avoidable here. 🙂
How to Fold your Origami Tulip
Start by folding your square in half in each direction, like this.
Now fold it diagonally in each direction. As always, crisp folds will make your project go much more easily.
Push in at the sides like this to make it triangle shaped.
Fold up at each side from the bottom to the center, like this:
Now turn the top flap from the left to the right, like this. Do the same on the other side too.
Grab the two flaps on the side facing you and tuck them in as far as they’ll go. Crease them in place. Now flip it over and do the same on the other side, making sure it’s even.
Now, look at the bottom of your flower. See that little hole in it? Pinch the top together loosely and blow gently into that hole to fill out your tulip and get the right shape.
Peel each of the 4 petals down and semi-fold them into place. Slide a pipe cleaner into the bottom of your origami tulip and you’re done!
These add such a lovely spring touch to a table or windowsill while we’re waiting for better weather! And kids love to make them.over and over again,for as long as the paper lasts.
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Erin is a homeschooling mum of 3 from Canada. Her eldest started homeschooling back in 2003. She lives on a homestead in Northern Canada and can be found surround by goats and chickens creating natural crafts, nature study ideas and more over on The Usual Mayhem