Origami is a favorite pastime in Japan and kids learn simple origami in kindergarten. A 3‐year‐old friend taught me how to make theses tulips. The tradition stem for origami tulips is quite difficult for a little one so I made this card easier by using pipe cleaners.
• Origami paper uses is 15cm x 15cm
• 2 sheets of tulip coloured origami paper
• 1 sheet of origami paper for the vase
• 2 pipe cleaners approx 20cm
• A4 piece of construction paper, folded in half
1. Fold the first piece of tulip paper in half to make a triangle, turn it so the long edge is at the bottom.
2. Fold the paper in half again, just enough to crease the centre of the bottom fold. Then fold from the centre to a couple of cm’s from the top of the triangle.
3. Repeat with the other side.
4. Flip the paper over and fold up the bottom corner.
5. Then fold in the right corner.
6. Then the left corner.
7. Turn over, that is the tulip head finished.
8. To add the stem, turn it over again and attach the pipe cleaner with a piece of tape. that is the first flower done, repeat to make the second flower.
9. To make the vase, fold a piece of origami paper in half, then open it out ‐ colour side should be face down.
10. Fold the right side into the middle and then the left and then fold the bottom up, about 5 cm.
11. Glue around the edge of the paper ‐ not the top edge, that will be the opening for the vase, stick the paper to the construction card.
12. When the glue is dry pop your tulips into the vase. Finished.
By: Jo Ebisujima