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How to Make an Origami Lotus Flower Photo Frame

Make a Special Mother's Day Gift

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Every mom loves to look at adorable pictures of her kids and the sweet crafts her children have made. This is an origami Mother’s Day project I created to combine paper folding and a favorite photo for a special gift that Mom is sure to cherish. This origami lotus flower photo frame is quick to make, very inexpensive, and can be enjoyed long after Mother’s Day has passed.

To make your origami Mother's Day project, you will need one sheet of 12 inch x 12 inch scrapbook paper. Lightweight paper is ideal for this project because it will need to be folded several times. Thick paper becomes hard to manipulate when there are several layers in the project. If you do use a thicker paper for the project, it might be helpful to keep a straight edge nearby to sharpen the folds as you work through each step.

You can choose a solid color, a subtle watercolor pattern, or a pretty damask design for your flower. Try to pick something that picks up the colors that are in the photo you want to frame. If this is not possible, use image editing software to make a black and white copy of your picture. This will allow you to use whatever colors you wish for your origami flower.

Children ages eight and up should be able to make this project with minimal adult assistance.

1. Make a Blintz Base

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

To begin your project, you will need to create a blintz base. Fold the paper diagonally to make a paper triangle. Crease well, the unfold. Fold the paper along the opposite diagonal. Crease well, then unfold. Open your paper to reveal an “X” crease pattern. Fold each of the corners in to the center. When you’re finished, your project should look like the photo to the left.

2. Double Blintz

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

Without unfolding the blintz you did in the last step, fold each of the corners in to the center once more. When you’re finished, your project should look like the photo to the left.

3. Triple Blintz

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

Without unfolding the blintz you did in the last step, fold each of the corners to the center a final time. At this point, it’s normal for the paper to be stiff and a bit hard to fold. Use a straight edge to make creases if needed. When you’re finished, your origami flower should resemble the photo to the left.

4. Make the Origami Lotus Flower Petals

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

Partially unfold the last flaps you created. When you pull them out from the center towards the side of the paper, roll them round the barrel of a pencil or your finger to help curl into the desired petal shape.

5. Shape Your Origami Lotus Blossom

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

Bend each of the outermost triangles (the ones that are between the flaps you just unfolded) slightly back. Crease well, then push all of the sides in to shape your project into an origami lotus flower.

6. Complete Your Origami Lotus Flower Photo Frame

Origami Lotus Flower
© Dana Hinders

Add the photo to the center of your origami lotus flower photo frame. I used one of my son's wallet size school pictures, but you could make your image a heart or circle shape if you prefer. Tape or glue the photo into place.

Use double sided tape to attach the origami lotus blossom to a jar lid. Tape that is sold for use with scrapbooking embellishments, such as Provo Craft’s Terrifically Tacky tape is ideal for this project because it provides a very strong bond without wrinkling the paper. I used the back of an empty Altoid container for my frame. Any type of lid will work as long as it's smaller than your frame and has tall enough sides to be used as a hook for hanging your photo on the wall.

Your origami photo frame is now finished.

Want more cool ideas for how to use origami to display your favorite family photos? Check out About Origami’s Origami Picture Frames and Modular Origami Frame tutorials.

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