Tutorial – Origami tulip with stem

I was asked by someone yesterday to produce a short tutorial on how to make an origami tulip, so here is a photo tutorial on making the tulip, as well as attaching it to a stem.

I’ve taken many photos in an attempt to make the process clear. The photos are all thumbnails with the instructions as captions. Click on them to enlarge the photo, if you need to take a closer look. (There are 31 photos/steps in all!) Please comment if there’s a certain step that you don’t get, I’ll be happy to add more photos to the tutorial.

You will need the following: One paper square of any colour (I used yellow), one green paper square, one florist’s wire, cotton wool/stuffing, PVA glue, paintbrush, pliers

Take the yellow square and have the white side facing up.
1. Take the yellow square and have the yellow side facing up.
Fold diagonally from corner to corner, twice
2. Fold diagonally from corner to corner twice to make an ‘x’
Turn over to get the white side, and fold horizontally/vertically, from side to side
3. Turn over to get the white side, and fold horizontally from side to side twice to make a ‘+’
Turn around so a corner is nearest you, hold it down, and pull the opposite corner towards you
4. Turn around so a corner is nearest you, hold it down, and pull the opposite corner towards you
5. Your square should fall into what's known as the 'preliminary base' or the crane base
5. Your square should fall into what’s known as the ‘preliminary base’ or the crane base
6. Have the open end face away from you
6. Have the open end face away from you
7. Fold the corners on the sides to the middle line
7. Fold the corners on the sides to the middle line
8. Turn the paper around and do the same thing for the other side
8. Turn the paper around and do the same thing for the other side
9. Flip the right side over to see the 'hidden' face
9. Flip the right side over to see the ‘hidden’ face
10. Fold the bottom edges up only by a small bit
10. Fold the bottom edges up only by a small bit
13. Flip the left side back over to get the view seen in step 9
11. Flip the left side back over to get the view seen in step 8
12. Now flip the left side over to see the remaining 'hidden' face
12. Now flip the left side over to see the remaining ‘hidden’ face
13. As per step 10, fold the bottom edges up slightly
13. As per step 10, fold the bottom edges up slightly
14. Flip the right side back over, and hold the open top so that it faces you
14. Flip the right side back over, and hold the open top so that it faces you
15. Open the tulip bulb by smoothing out the inside using your finger
15. Open the tulip bulb by smoothing out the inside using your finger
16. Curl the tips, and you have your finished tulip bulb!
16. Curl the tips, and you have your finished tulip bulb!
17. Now let's make the leaf with the green square of paper
17. Now let’s make the leaf with the green square of paper
18. Have the white side facing up, and fold from one corner to the other
18. Have the white side facing up, and fold from one corner to the other
19. Fold the other two corners towards the middle so that the edges line up with the middle line
19. Fold the other two corners towards the middle so that the edges line up with the middle line
20. Fold the new corners create by the kite in the same fashion, but line the upwards
20. Fold the new corners create by the kite in the same fashion, but line them upwards
21. Mountain fold; fold the left half behind the right half
21. Mountain fold the leaf; fold the left half behind the right half
22. Fold the right half (the half facing you) 'backwards' or towards the left at any angle you like
22. Fold the right half (the half facing you) ‘backwards’ or towards the left at any angle you like
23. Tuck the corners of the leaves by folding a section behind the leaf and your leaf is done!
23. Tuck the corners of the leaves by folding a section behind the leaf and your leaf is done!
24. Take the wire and curl a loop using pliers
24. Take the wire and curl a loop using pliers
25. Wrap the loop with a bit of cotton wool/stuffing
25. Wrap the loop with a bit of cotton wool/stuffing
26. Apply a dab of PVA inside the bulb, at the bottom (don't use too much otherwise the bottom will tear easily)
26. Apply a dab of PVA inside the bulb, at the bottom (don’t use too much otherwise the bottom will tear easily)
27. Insert the wire from the top of the bulb and push it through the base, pulling it so that the cotton sticks to the glue
27. Insert the wire from the top of the bulb and push it through the base, pulling it so that the cotton sticks to the glue
28. Wrap the tape around the wire, starting at the base of the tulip
28. Wrap the tape around the wire, starting at the base of the tulip
29. At a suitable point down the stem, hold a part of the leaf against the stem and continue wrapping tape
29. At a suitable point down the stem, hold a part of the leaf against the stem
30. Continue wrapping the tape as usual, covering the tip of the leaf
30. Continue wrapping the tape as usual, covering the tip of the leaf
31. The finished tulip with stem and leaf!
31. The finished tulip with stem and leaf!

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