Origami Tulip



origami flower This origami tulip is three dimensional (not flat) and it comes with a stand in the shape of a stem & leaf. You will need two sheets of paper that is 6" square in size (or larger). A brightly colored paper for the flower is recommended, and a green sheet of paper is good for the stem & leaf. Though, a slightly larger sheet for the stem wouldn't hurt. As an alternatively, you can also wrap floral tape around a wooden skewer and use that as a stem (more about different stem origami tulip here). origami flower

                       Let's start folding the flower part first:



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Step 1:
Start with a square sheet of paper: fold it in half (left to right) and unfold. Fold it in half (top to bottom) and unfold.

If you are using paper that is a different color on the two sides, then start with the colored-side facing up.



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Step 2:
Turn the paper over.

Fold the paper along the diagonals in both directions; unfold. This gives you a "X" shaped crease superimposed on the "+" crease made above.



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Step 3:
Bring the top-edge of the paper to meet with the bottom-edge of the paper (connect red dots). At the same time, push in the left and right sides.



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The paper will naturally fold along the creases you've already made.

In transition...



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almost there...



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Done. This form is a common intermediate stage used in making various origami models.





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Step 4:
Working with the top layers only, fold the bottom tips to meet with the point at the top of the model.


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Step 5:
Turn the model over.


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Step 6:
Repeat step 4: fold the bottom tips to meet with the top point.


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Step 7:
Like turning the pages of a book, swivel one layer from the front-right towards the left side. At the same time, swivel one layer from the back of the model towards the right.


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Step 8: Working with the top layers only, fold the top-left edge of the paper pass the vertical midline. The amount of space you extend beyond the midline is up to personal taste and is not exact.


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Step 9: Fold the right edge towards the left. Fold at approximately the same angle as the left flap. The two flaps should overlap a little.


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Step 10: Pry open the layers of paper in one of the flaps. Insert the other flap into this space. The paper may buckle a little and that's OK. If the paper buckles too much, adjust the folds in step 8 & 9 so the flaps overlap less.


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Step 11: Turn the model over.


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Step 12: Repeat steps 8 & 9 on this side of the model. Fold the left side in a little pass the vertical midline.


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Fold in the right side in a similar manner.


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Tuck one flap into the other flap.


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Step 13: Spread apart the 4 edges so they are as far apart from one another as possible.


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Step 14: At the top of the model, look for a single layer of paper which you can peel down and away from the rest of the flower.


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Repeat on the other 3 edges. You should get 4 petals.


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Top view of the origami tulip.


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Step 14: Bottom view. Notice that there is a small hole at the bottom of the model. Blow air into this hole so the model puffs up.


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Bottom view of origami tulip after inflation.


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You can adjust how far down to peel the petals. The origami tulip flower is done.
Time to make the stem & leaf!


Stem and Leaf

The stem and leaf for this origami tulip is amazingly easy to make - less than 10 steps! It is quite sturdy and can stand up by itself.


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Step 1:
Start with a square sheet of paper of the same size (or larger) than the paper used for the tulip flower. Fold it in half, corner to corner. Unfold.



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Step 2:
Fold the top-left and top-right edges of the paper to the midline made above.



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Step 3:
Fold the bottom-left and bottom-right edges of the paper to the vertical midline.



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Step 4:
Repeat: fold the bottom-left and bottom-right edges of the model to the midline. This makes the stem more narrow compared to the leaf.



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Step 5: Turn the model over.


Step 6: Fold the model in half (bring bottom to top).


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Step 7: Fold model in half again (left to right).


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Step 8: Finally, peel the outer layer of paper (leaf) away from the inner layer (stem).


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Done!


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Instead of making the tulips stem with paper, you can also wrap floral tape around a wooden skewer. Poke the skewer through the hole at the bottom of the tulip. This type of stem makes it easier to arrange the origami tulips as, for example, in a vase or in a bouquet.