To make this Lotus Blossom you will need 8 small pieces of paper for the flower portion of the project. Each piece measures 6 inches long by 3 inches wide. 4 pieces of green paper for the leaf portion of the project. Each pieces measures the same...6 inches long by 3 Inches wide.
Start with the flower portion first. Take one of the rectangles, and fold in half lengthwise.
Here is your folded piece. Make sure that the colour is shown on the outside.
Next, you are going to open it, and fold the 4 corners down so that it meets the center line that you just folded in step 3.
Bring one side toward that center line and fold...Do the same on the other side.
Here is what the model should look like now.
Then we are going to fold the model in half - BACK on itself using that center line that we created in step two. The paper should be open at the top. Create 7 more of these for a total of 8 modules.
Now we have our 8 modules, next we are going to fold our green pieces of paper which are the leaf portions of our blossom
Take one of the green pieces of paper, and fold lengthwise as shown.
Unfold and fold the four corners toward the middle center line as before. (sorry, my paper is dual colored.)
Fold one side toward the middle centre line, and then do the same for the other side.
NOW THIS TIME, when you fold the module in half, you will fold it bring the sides in together. Make all 4 of these modules.
This is what the green ones should look like.
Here are ALL of our modules, and we are ready to rock!
Next we are going to divide our modules into 4 bundles. Each bundle will consist of 2 red modules and one green module.
We are going to pick up the green module first. Then we are going to lay a red module over the green one. Then we are going to take the last red one in our group and lay it on top. They will fit nicely together. Do this with all 4 groups.
This is what our stack should look like.
Next are going to tie a string tightly around the middle. Cut off the excess.
Using the centre string as a guide fold the modules in half so that it spread out like the diagram.
Turn module over. Take one red piece and start folding up towards the string as shown. If you look at step 19, there are a total of 8 "sections". Once you fold up one petal, skip the next "section", and fold up the next one. So all in all, you only fold up 4 petals in this step.
This is what you should have so far....a petal in every other section. Now we are going to fold up the petals that we skipped over in step 20.
Okay...now we have completed our first layer of petals. We are going to continue to completing the second layer of petals in the exact same way. The reason why we stagger the petals like this is to create a realistic effect.
We've almost got the petals done....
Yay! The Petals are done! Now grab a very small paint brush so we can use the handle of it to slightly curl back the petals.
Almost done! Now it's really starting to come alive. We are going to slightly curl up the petals...see next step.
Kinda hard to tell, but the leaf tip is actually pointing UP, not down.