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How to Make an Origami Lily

Learn how to make an origami lily with this origami video from Howcast.


The first step for the origami lily is we're going to fold a diagonal fold with the color side up, from one corner all the way up to the other corner. Make sure they're nice and lined up, so that they're not off to the side. Get it nice and precise right there. Put a finger down, slide your finger down and then out to the edges. That should give you a really nice diagonal with some sharp points there. Open that back up and then do the other diagonal fold, and once you have both of those it'll give you a nice plus, right in the middle of the paper.

Flip the paper over and then now we're going to do book folds, the bottom edge all the way up to the top, and again be as precise as you can. Nice thing about origami, it's not about how fast you go, just try and be nice and accurate. And once you get the other one, fold the second book fold just like that. And once you've folded the second book fold, go ahead and leave it folded down. What we're going to do is we're going to pinch near the top of the four corners of the paper and once you've pinched near the top of those four corners, just rotate them up, and you can sort of get them all to touch each other and that's going to make a square base.

You can flatten that back down where it's equal, it's going to have two on each side. It's got two flaps on each side and it's not making any new creases. It's just using the creases that we've already created. So now once we have the square base fold it up, so that you can work with
each of these four panels. We're going to use what's called a squash fold. So I'm going to push own on the top of the paper, top of that edge and it's going to squash down just like that. And make sure that this line right here, lines up along the center line, so that it's not off to the side a little bit like that or one way or the other, get it nice and lined up.

And we're going to do that on all four of the panels. So if you want go ahead and fold that flap over, to get to that next panel, and then go ahead and push right down on it, just like that again, and that gets you the squash fold.That's the second one. Flip it over and do it on all of them. You might have to get your finger up there inside a lot, so that it opens up the paper enough so that'll squash all the way down nice and flat.

But sometimes you push down on it just right, you can get it to flap open pretty easily without too much trouble just like that. There's the fourth one. There we are and this is referred to as the flower base, which is useful because we're making a flower. You're going to have two flaps on either side just like that. We're going to use these white flaps as the bottom of the paper for right now, and what we're going to do, it's called a petal fold.

The petal fold consists of three different folds. It's two kite folds and a book fold. So what we're going to do is go ahead and make this outside edge right here at the bottom, and fold both of those into the center. Do it on the left hand side and then also the right hand side just like that. Once we have that, now we're going to fold the top of the paper all the way down to the bottom. And it's a lot of paper, but go ahead and give it a good squish.

And when we open it up those three folds, these two kite folds and this top down book fold, those are all just preliminary folds, so that we can get to the next step. So unfold all three of them and you'll see that there's this nice triangle that we've created with our creases. What we're going to do is we're going to take this flap right here, and I'm going to pick it up as far as it'll go, using this crease that we've made when we folded this down. So right along that edge, we're going to pick that up and when this happens, you'll see as I stretch this forward, these two flaps naturally want to go in, which h is great because we already made that fold right there with that kite fold.

So go ahead and use that fold that we just made with the kite fold, and work our way up to the top, it'll make a brand new panel just like that. That's the petal fold, so I'll show you that once again from the beginning. We open it up like this. We pick this flap up right here and it flattens those other sides down and that's the petal fold, and we're going to do that on all four panels. So go ahead and open it up to different flaps and start making all of these extra steps, just like this. So the two kite folds and then luckily, there should be a little bit of that fold, where we folded the top down, because we folded it through all the layers of the paper.

So it should be there on all of the ones. We shouldn't have to do that step again and then we pick it up for the petal fold. And make sure when you're doing the petal fold that you've got the flaps oriented properly, so that you have the two white triangles down here at the bottom. That's what you're going have to look at when you're making this. Now we're going to rotate the paper around, because these four big extra flaps, those are going to be the petals that we're going to use for the flower. So that's going to turn into the top, so let's use that as the top right now.

And we're going to take each of these little triangles that we made with the petal fold and fold those up, towards these extra petals. So find all the flaps that we've got and fold all those little flaps up.There should be four of them total. There we go, all of them get folded up to the top. And then the next step we are going to find a flap that's just the diamond shape like this. So these are one of the flaps. It's going to alternate between looking like this and this, you see on both sides. So find all the ones that look like this, and what we're going to do is we're going to thin the bottom, so this little edge right here.

These two edges on this outside bottom point, those are going to get folded into the center line just like this. Make sure that it lines up all the way down from the bottom point into the middle section, and we're going to do eight of this total. So go ahead and find any flap that has this nice, just one flat sheet of diamond paper, and then fold both flaps into the center like that. Like I said there's eight times we're going to do that total to make this little fold. Once you finish with all of them, you'll have thinned the entire bottom of the Iris flower, looks like this. And once we've gotten to this point, this is the base for the entire flower.

The next thing is just to find the petals, which are these panels right here on the top. We're going to open them up and we're going to curl them. So a good way to curl them, you can use your finger or another thing, if you have scissors or anything sharp or pointed, I use needle nose pliers for a lot of my origami. But what we can do here is you can just sort of curl it like this.If you've ever made a ribbon before, that's the same sort of idea. You could use your thumb up against an edge, and you can round the petals. You do this for all four of the petals, to give it a nice curve, and you'll see the flower sort of start to come together at this point.This is the opening up of the iris flower. And then once you get all four of them you curl it back, you can see you have a really nice iris flower.

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