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Origami Tulip Card

By: Jo Ebisujima of A Bit of This and A Bit of That

This great guest project from Jo of A Bit of This and A Bit of That is perfect for Mother's Day.

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 Tulips Finished


  • 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.

  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.

    Origami Tulip Step 2
  3. Repeat with the other side.

    Origami Tulip Step 3

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

    Origami Tulip Step 4
  5. Then fold in the right corner.

    Origami Tulip Step 5
  6. Then the left corner.

    Origami Tulip Step 6
  7. Turn over, that is the tulip head finished.

    Origami Tulip Step 7
  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.

    Origami Tulip Step 8
  9. To make the vase, fold a piece of origami paper in half, then open it out - colour side should be face down.

    Origami Tulip Step 9
  10. Fold the right side into the middle and then the left and then fold the bottom up, about 5 cm.

    Origami Tulip Step 10
  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.

    Origami Tulip Step 11
  12. When the glue is dry pop your tulips into the vase. Finished.

    Origami Tulip Step 12


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My preschoolers in my home daycare will love making these! Sometimes its hard for them to squeeze the glue out of the bottle, so I pour some in a container and let the kids dip in a Popsicle stick to get their glue out. I use a small, glass votive candle holder because its heavy and doesnt tip over like a lightweight plastic dish would. Its also deeper than wide, so you dont have to put in a lot of glue for the kids to get enough glue on their sticks.

I loved this, and found it very easy to make when you don't have a lot of time about 20 minutes tops I would think that this would make a great group project, for all ages

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