How to Make Paper Water Lily Flowers

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How to Make Paper Water Lily Flowers
Origami is a safe activity for adults and children to perform together. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The water lily, also called the lotus, is one of the most popular and elegant origami folds. Many people have probably been attracted to the art of paper folding initially because they saw one of these delicate blooms, which are used as decorations for many types of celebrations. Paper water lilies are a beautiful and environmentally conscious idea for decorating water-related centrepieces or vases at weddings and birthday parties. Once you have the method down, you can make as many as you like whenever you want.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Lay a piece of square origami paper with differently coloured or patterned sides in front of you. Arrange the paper so the colour or pattern you want to see more of faces up. Rotate the square so it looks like a diamond.

  2. 2

    Fold the top point down to the bottom point, and crease along the fold; unfold. Fold the left point over to the right point, and crease this fold; unfold this as well.

  3. 3

    Rotate the paper so it looks like a square again. Fold the paper lengthwise, and make a sharp crease; unfold. Fold the paper again width-wise, make a crease and unfold it.

  4. 4

    Flip the paper over so the back (the colour or pattern you wish to see less of on your water lily) is facing upward. Look at your paper and make sure that the creases create an asterisk design. Fold down the upper right-hand corner so it meets the vertical centre crease.

  5. 5

    Fold in the other three corners so their edges also meet the centre crease. You now have a smaller square. Fold in all four corners to the centre again.

  6. 6

    Notice that you again have a smaller square. Fold all four corners of the square into the centre again. Turn the resulting square over so all the flaps face downward.

  7. 7

    Fold all four corners in toward the centre one last time. Pick up the small square gently. Carefully pull each of the four opened flaps up and over the top.

  8. 8

    Begin with the next layer of corners, and pull each of these flaps up and over the top. Work slowly so the paper does not tear. Shape your water lily gently with your fingers.

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