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.

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•    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
•    Glue
•    Tape



1. Fold the first piece of tulip paper in half to make a triangle, turn it so the long edge is at the bottom.

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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.

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3. Repeat with the other side.

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4. Flip the paper over and fold up the bottom corner.

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5. Then fold in the right corner.

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6. Then the left corner.

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7. Turn over, that is the tulip head finished.

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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.

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9. To make the vase, fold a piece of origami paper in half, then open it out ‐ colour side should be face down.

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10. Fold the right side into the middle and then the left and then fold the bottom up, about 5 cm.

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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.

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12. When the glue is dry pop your tulips into the vase. Finished.

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By: Jo Ebisujima