How to Make a Paper Lily
Introduction: How to Make a Paper Lily
This instructable will show you how to make a lily out of paper. In order to make it, you will need a piece of paper (any size as long as it is a quadrilateral) and a pencil or pen.
Step 1: Make a Square
If your piece of paper is already square, then you can skip this step. Fold the edge of your piece of paper to the other edge, lining them up as best you can. Fold the remaining chunk back along the line. Crease it well, then tear it (or cut it) off.
Step 2: Crease It Like an "x"
Fold into a triangle again the other way
Step 3: Fold It in Quarters
Fold the paper in quarters and then unfold it. It should look like the picture.
Step 4: Make a Square Base
Fold the paper in half and bring the ends together along the creases
Step 5: Fold the Wings
fold the edges of the wings from the top section of the model into the center crease and unfold.
Step 6: Compress the "wings"
open each of the wings and fold down across the creases. (Tip: it is easier to get a better corner if you use a pencil to help fold it.)
Step 7: Fold in the Bottom Sections
Fold the bottom sections into the crease in the center. Repeat for all four sides. Make sure you are not folding the smooth side.
Step 8: Fold the Model in Half
Fold it right in the center next to the corner of the triangles you just made and then unfold it.
Step 9: Rotate
Rotate the model 180 degrees. the opening should be facing away from you.
Step 10: Unfolding
Unfold all all the triangles you made in step 7.
Step 11: Make the The Pollen Things
Pull the center down and fold in the triangles back over the new triangles. Repeat on all four sides. They pollen things may be called stamens.
Step 12: Flip Up the Triangles
Flip all the triangles you just made up.
Step 13: Fold the Bottoms
Switch to a FLAT section of the model. Fold the edges of the bottom part of the flower into the center crease. Repeat for all four flat sides.
Step 14: Open It Up
gently move the petals until it becomes square.
Step 15: Curl the Petals
Using your pencil, curl all the petals to finish your lily.
Step 16: Enjoy Your Flower
Congratulations! You have a flower that can never die! Give it to that special someone or your arch nemesis. It's up to you.
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Handprint Lilies | How to Make an Easy Paper Lily
These handprint lilies are so beautiful and surprisingly easy to make! They’d make such a thoughtful handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day if you make a small bouquet and tie them together with a ribbon. Or you could make a bouquet of handprint Easter lilies if you use white paper. Can Easter lilies be pink? I think they’re just white? Either way, they’re adorable for spring and they’re a wonderful low mess craft to make with the kids!
I had such an awesome helper when I made these paper handprint lilies! My spunky 5 year old loves crafts, and she loves helping me with the crafts that I make for the blog. It’s so much fun that she’s finally at an age where we can do crafts together! You know… as opposed to me making the entire craft while she watches me make the craft and “helps” makes each step more difficult . Big difference!
As a blogger, it’s a lot of extra work to make crafts since I have to set up a full photo shoot and take pictures every step of the way. Usually my kids lose interest, but my 5 year old was totally into it for this one! She wanted to be part of every step and insisted that I include a photo of her and the paper lily that she made all by herself (see below!). So I have to give a big shout out to my awesome helper and hand model for this one! I loved having her at my side!
I love the idea of turning a handprint into a flower! Who would have thought they’d look so pretty!? And this craft is so simple that my 5 year old could make the entire craft all by herself. She needed a little bit of help here and there just to help her make things look tidy, but for the most part, she was able to create a beautiful paper lily all by herself.
Here’s my little helper with her finished flower:
The poor thing was home from school and sick with a fever when we made it, but a little bit of crafting (and children’s Advil…) made everything better and cheered her right up!
Check out our video on How to Make Handprint Lilies
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- 6″ Green and Yellow pipe cleaners
I used pink printer paper to make our lilies, but you could easily use construction paper. It would probably work if you made them out of thicker card stock too, they might just be a little bit harder to curve into shape.
Start by tracing the outline of your hand onto the printer paper.
Then cut out your handprint. If you have any pencil marks showing on the paper, just use an eraser to carefully erase them.
Curl the bottom of the hand shape into a cone. Leave a small hole at the tip of the cone, just large enough to fit a pipe cleaner through.
Then use a small piece of invisible tape to hold it together.
Use a ROUND pencil (not a hexagonal pencil like I’m showing in the picture below) to curl each one of the fingers of the handprint outwards. A pencil crayon, marker or round pen will also work well.
If you use a pencil with the hexagonal corners like I’m showing in the picture below, it will end up leaving little folded marks on your paper. I just forgot to go back and take a better photograph of that for you so just try to keep it in mind while you’re making these.
Curl each one of the fingers outwards so that your flower looks something like this:
I ended up using one 6″ yellow pipe cleaner and one 6″ green pipe cleaner. If you don’t have short pipe cleaners, just cut the standard 12″ long pipe cleaners in half.
Start by bending the yellow pipe cleaner in half:
Make a little “J” shaped hook on the end of the green pipe cleaner and loop it over the bend in the yellow pipe cleaner.
Then bend one side of the yellow pipe cleaner in half again, leaving the other side straight like in the photo below.
Pinch the “J” shape in the green pipe cleaner so it tightly holds the yellow pipe cleaner. If there’s room, you can twist it a little, but as long as you pinch it tightly, it should hold itself together nicely.
Then take the longer end of the yellow pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the shorter side of the yellow pipe cleaner. Keep wrapping tightly until you reach the end of the yellow pipe cleaner.
- Take the pipe cleaner stem and poke it through the middle of the hand print flower, pulling it all the way through so the green stem is below the flower and the yellow part is in the middle of the flower.
Then repeat all of these steps to make yourself a small bouquet! The bouquet doesn’t need to be big. Three handprint lilies looks beautiful!
Don’t they look pretty? And they are so easy to make! Who would have thought!?
- Pink or white printer paper or construction paper
- 6 " Green pipe cleaner
- 6 " Yellow pipe cleaner
- Trace the outline of your hand onto a piece of paper.
- Cut out the handprint. Use an eraser to carefully erase any pencil marks that are on the paper hand shape after you cut it.
- Curl the bottom of the hand shape into a cone, leaving a very small hole at the tip of the cone, just large enough to fit a pipe cleaner through. The pipe cleaner needs to be snug, so make sure the hole is small.
- Use a small piece of tape to hold it together.
- Use a round pencil, pencil crayon, or marker to curl each one of the fingers of the handprint outwards.
- Bend the yellow pipe cleaner in half. Make a small "J" shaped hook on the end of the green pipe cleaner and loop it over the bend in the yellow pipe cleaner. Pinch the "J" shape in the green pipe cleaner so it tightly holds the yellow pipe cleaner.
- Bend one side of the yellow pipe cleaner in half again, leaving the other side straight. Then take the longer end of the yellow pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the shorter bent sides of the yellow pipe cleaner. Keep wrapping tightly until you reach the end of the yellow pipe cleaner.
- Repeat all of these steps to make a small bouquet, then tie it together with a ribbon.
These handprint lilies are so easy to make and they look so beautiful! Who would have thought that you could make paper flowers using handprints!? If you make them with white paper they make lovely Easter lilies. Or you can use coloured paper and make a bouquet of handprint lilies for Mother’s Day. They’re such an awesome Mother’s day craft and a low mess Easter craft idea!
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February 27, 2018 at 12:57 am
Those are very sweet!
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Loved making these, thanks!!
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How To Make An Origami Lily Flower
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Origami Lily Flower
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Time Needed: Approx. 5 Minutes
Supplies: 1 Sheet of Square Paper
The origami lily is a very well known and loved origami flower . It’s easy to make and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. You can make a whole bouquet of paper flowers.
All you need is 1 square sheet of paper, any paper will do. The best paper to use would be thin but strong paper around 15x15cm or larger to begin with.
The origami lily flower is only one extra step from the origami bird base !
Origami Lily Flower Instructions
Scroll down to follow the photo tutorial for the Origami Lily Flower .
Step 1: This is the front of your paper, the origami lily will end up this colour.
Step 2: This is the back of your paper, you will see this colour on the inside of the lily.
Step 3: Start by making a water bomb base. If you already know how, click here to skip to step 14 . Fold the bottom point up to the top point.
Step 4: Unfold the previous step.
Step 5: Fold the right point over to the left point.
Step 6: Unfold the previous step.
Step 7: Flip the paper over to the other side and rotate.
Step 8: Fold the bottom edge up to the top edge.
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14 Comments for “How To Make An Origami Lily Flower”
This was exceptionally easier than i thought.
It was fun and super easy I loved making it!
Myn was with color
I’m not the best at origami but I think I did pretty good for my first try. [Used posted notes]
This îs my lilly, it didn’t come out quite right, cause i opened it at some point to figure out what i did wrong, and re-did it… But it’s cute
I ❤ it. So easy to follow.👍
It wasn’t really that easy to follow. This should be put in the intermediate section because I was looking for an easy, cute one and it turned out that it wasn’t so easy. DO NOT RECOMMEND FOR BEGINNERS. just because it says “easy” does not mean it is. thanks for reading, DogMom
Excellent visuals and instructions. I practiced using a piece of advertising and shall move ahead to nicer paper.
Mm. Not so easy. Initially I only had 2 petals. Fixed that. But still… not good. The steps where it says “repeat” could really use so more more visuals. and I agree this is intermediate. Cranes, roosters. Those arent bad. But this… this is intermediate.
Very good for the first (or second) try, now you can make more even better. Thanks for the feedback, we will have a look at adding more steps 🙂
I think that is was hard to do the 27 step
… I think I messed up
No photo, incomplete, after 4 tries I got stuck in number 25 each time. I will persevere though.
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Origami lilies are a more advanced origami fold but are popular and rewarding to make. When completed, the lily becomes an ideal decoration and can be used for table centerpieces, gift packaging and craft work.
Making the Initial Folds
- Lay your A4 paper horizontally and fold the top left corner down to make it even with the bottom of your paper. You should now have a folded triangle shape with a rectangle shape on the right.
- Cut or rip the rectangle portion off. Unfold your paper, and you’ll have a square.
- If you are using origami paper, start with the colored side of the paper facing up.
- Take the top corner and fold it down to meet the bottom corner. Then make a crease on the fold.
- Open the paper back up and repeat this fold with the other end of the paper, folding from left to right.
- Open the paper back up and rotate it 90 degrees. Now fold the top down on a horizontal fold and crease. Repeat folding one more time with a vertical book fold.  X Research source
- Your paper should look like a right-angled triangle with the left crease and base forming a right angle.
- The trick is to hold the bottom right layer down with one hand, while folding down and creasing the balloon flap with your other hand.
- The portion of paper you just folded should look like a diamond.
Making the Advanced Folds
- Pick up the top left flap of the triangle that’s sticking out. It should look like a shark fin when standing up with the points of your diamond on each side.
- This is a variation of what’s called a balloon fold.  X Research source
- There should be two flaps at the top and bottom of your paper, with two other folded flaps sandwiched in the middle.
- Once you have creased the folds, then unfold fold the corners back.
- Open the pocket up with your finger and fold, creasing the edges. Use your free hand to keep your paper in place.
- You should now have a kite shape.
- Once both side of your paper have the same kite fold, grab the top flap that you haven’t squash folded on the left side of your paper.
- Pull it up and squash fold it, creating another kite fold.
- Once you have folded the left side over. Flip the paper over again and repeat.
- If you don’t have two points on each side of your paper, fold the flaps over until they are evenly divided.
Completing Your Lily
- This is sort of like the squash fold from before.
- You should now have another kite shape on as the top layer. This one should be right side up.
- You should end up with another right side up kite shape like you had on the other side of your paper.
- Repeat these folds on all the sides of your paper that have the triangle opening and upside down kite.
- repeat this step on each side of your paper with the triangle flaps.
- You should only see two smooth, flat sides now on the side of the paper facing you, and facing the table.
- Once you have folded down the first two flat-sided flaps, fold your paper over to reveal the second two flat-sided flaps. Repeat the process.
- You may have to play with the already curled flaps when you fold the sides over to prevent these flaps from flattening.
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- Make a few of these lilies and arrange them in a flower pot for a pretty floral decoration. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 1 Not Helpful 2
- Find three green twist ties and knot them together at the top.
- Braid them until there is nothing left in the strand.
- Then knot them at the bottom.
- Push the braided twist ties from the top into the lily and down. Voila, stems!
- You can also make a stem by wrapping green origami paper on a pencil.
- Tape the stem to the Lily that you made.
- Put a leaf.
- And you can slide your pen or pencil through the hole at the bottom to decorate your pencil too!
Things You'll Need
- Piece of origami paper
- Pencil (optional)
- Tape (optional)
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- ↑ http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-book-and-cupboard-fold.html
- ↑ http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-squash-fold.html
- ↑ http://www.origami-make.com/origami-fold-balloon.php
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To fold an origami lily, first, fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally. Open it back up, then fold it diagonally in the other direction. Fold your paper again to form a triangle, then grab the corner and fold it back to the center so it forms a diamond shape. To make the smaller folds, flip your paper over and repeat the last step so that your entire paper is diamond-shaped. Then, take the 2 widest corners of the diamond and fold them into the center. Unfold them, then pick up the top flap on the right side of your diamond and fold it to the center. Flip the paper over and repeat the last 2 steps. To complete the lily, fold the top flaps inward, then flip the base of the triangle up. Then, fold the flaps over so you hide the sides and flaps you just folded to the middle. Finally, fold the tops of the smooth flaps over and use your finger to curl them downward so they look like petals. For more advice on folding origami, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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