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Origami Lily Flower Instructions

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The origami lily is a traditional paper folding design that is almost as popular as the origami crane. However, it is interesting to note that there are several different methods of creating an origami lily. The method used in this tutorial is my personal favorite and seems to be one of the more popular ways to fold a beautiful origami lily.

The origami lily is an intermediate level project best left to people who have previous paper folding experience. Once you've mastered the steps, you can fold an origami lily in about 10 minutes.

1. Create a Square Base

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To begin, you will need to make a square base. This is a very common base for origami. If you do not know how to make a square base, please review steps 1-2 of our How to Make an Easy Origami Flower tutorial.

2. Create Flaps

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The next step in making an origami lily flower is to create a series of flaps. Fold the left side of your paper in so it meets the middle crease. Unfold. Fold the right side of the paper in so it meets the middle crease. Unfold. Flip the paper over. Repeat this process with the other two sides. Then, use these creases to flatten the paper until your model looks like the photo at the left.

3. Flatten the Paper

origami lily
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On the sides of the paper that are colored and have white showing, fold the left and right points in towards the middle. Crease firmly, then unfold.

Using these creases as a guide, pull the horizontal edge of the paper up and flatten into a diamond shape. When finished, your origami lily should look like the photo to the left. Repeat this process on the other three sides of the paper.

If you are having trouble with this step of the project, there is a YouTube video by everydayARTgeek that demonstrates the process in great detail.

4. Fold in Towards the Center

origami lily
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Rotate the model 180 degrees so that the open points are on the top. Fold the top triangle of your smaller diamond shape up. Fold the left and right corners in to meet the center. When you're finished, your origami lily should look like the photo to the left. Repeat this process on the other three sides of the paper.

5. Shape the Flower Petals

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Carefully open up the top flaps of your model. These are the petals of the origami lily. Curl them gently using your finger or a pencil.

6. Your Origami Lily Is Now Complete

origami lily
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Congratulations on completing your first origami lily! A single flower looks great displayed on a bookshelf or next to some pretty handmade pottery.

7. Create an Arrangement of Pretty Origami Flowers

origami lily
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If you want to make an arrangement of origami lilies for display in your home or to give as a gift, you will need jewelry making wire, needle nose pliers, bead cones, a hot glue gun, and a vase. Cut a length of wire to the size you would like the stem to be. Use your pliers to create a small loop on one end of the wire. Thread the other end of the wire through your bead cone, tucking the loop of wire into the wide part of the cone. Use a bit of hot glue to secure your flower into the wide part of the cone. Repeat as needed to make all of the stems for your bouquet of lilies. Then, wrap a piece of wire through the stems as needed to secure the flowers into the desired arrangement. Trim the excess wire and add your flowers to your vase!

8. Make an Origami Lily Pen

Origami Flower Pen
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To make an origami lily pen, you'll need a lily folded from 6 inch x 6 inch origami paper, a plain ballpoint pen, and washi tape in the color of your choice.

Poke a hole in the bottom of your flower and insert the pen. (The flower should be on the top of your pen, so it doesn't interfere with your writing.) Hold the flower in place with one hand and wrap washi tape around the base of the pen with your other hand. Remember to stop wrapping the tape when you hit the part where the pen cap should be. If you wrap the entire length of the pen, your cap will no longer stay on and the ink will quickly dry out.

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