These beautiful, easy-to-make tulips will brighten up any springtime table and make the perfect addition to any Easter basket. You can start your kids on their origami journey at any age (with help), and by age 8, they should be able to follow the folding instructions on their own.
This tutorial has been reprinted with permission from Easy paper projects by Maggy Woodley, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019.
- 1 square piece of paper, 4 inches square
- Green paper, square 11 x 3 â inches
- Toothpick or fine brush, to shape the stem
- Glue stick
Fold the flower
- Turn the square piece of paper to have a
diamond in front of you.
- Fold the bottom stitch over to meet the top stitch and make a nice neat crease along the center. You should now have a triangle in front of you.
- Take the point on the right and bring it to the point on the left, creating a new, smaller triangle.
- Open it again. You should have the same triangle from step two, but now with a crease in the middle, which will help shape your tulip.
- Turn your paper over and bring the lower left corner up. This time you don’t line it up with the top stitch, but bring it about â of an inch from the top stitch. Repeat with the right side.
- Your basic paper tulip is complete, but to shape it a bit more, turn the tulip over. With the three points of the flower at the top, fold up the sides to shape your flower.
- The basic tulip is now complete and can be used for greeting cards, collages or flower bouquets.
Make the rod
- Take the strip of green paper and start winding it diagonally; using a toothpick or a fine brush to get it started should help. Using a glue stick, secure with a little glue.
- Make a small cut in the bottom of your tulip flower and insert the stem. You may want to glue the rod in place.
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This article was published in Chicago Parent’s March / April 2021 review.