Lotus Flower Instructions
These instructions are for a single paper lotus measuring 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. Select papers in three colors, one each for the leaves, outer petals, and inner petals (we used green, blue, and pink, respectively). From each color of paper, cut four 2-1/2 X 5-inch strips. (You can make your flower larger by cutting larger strips; just make them twice as long as they are wide.)
Fold one corner back so the edge is flush with the crease. Repeat with the remaining corners.
Fold a long edge up to meet the crease. Repeat with the other long edge. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 for all 12 paper strips.
Hold one inner petal strip with the right side up, and nest an outer petal strip in the fold. Then nestle a leaf strip in the outer petal strip. (It will look a bit like a paper taco when you're finished.) Tuck in all corners. Repeat for the rest of the strips until there are four sets of nested petals and leaves.
Create a lotus "heart" (center) by using a paper flower and a button. Sandwich the four nested sets with long sides are together and leaves up; secure in the center with a rubber band., Add the flower/button heart to the center. Make a star out of the paper sandwich by separating the points and lightly creasing them into a star shape. Flip the flower over so that the right sides of the papers are facedown and glue the center flower/button.
To make the lotus flower "bloom," gently pry the inner petals from the outer petals, bending them up and toward the center.
Then pry the outer petals from the leaves, also bending them up and toward the flower heart, leaving the leaves flat. Adjust the petals and leaves as necessary.
Cut a sheet of paper to fit inside a picture frame. Center the lotus in the frame and hang as wall art.
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