Origami is a relaxing and peaceful hobby, a beautiful art, a craft, a science and a meditation all in one.
There is something beautiful in turning a plain flat piece of paper into an amazing three dimensional object using just your hands. It allows you to quiet the mind, block out distracting and negative thoughts and allows you to focus on the present moment.
Making one of these models takes just 10 minutes, so put some time aside and indulge your inner self.
Start by folding a triangle base
Working on the top layer only, valley fold A and B up to meet the centre point, C. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
The next fold is called a ‘book turn’. Fold the left side over to the right, as if you were turning back the page of a back. Turn over and repeat on the other side. You should now have a plain square on both sides
Valley fold A over the central line by 5mm.
Do the same on the right-hand side by valley folding B over the central line by 5mm.
Turn over and repeat these two folds on the other side.
Now you have a kite shape. Open each of the last two folds and you will create a pocket. You are going to force one of the flaps into it’s opposing pocket.
Push the corner of the right-hand flap into the pocket on the left and force it inside.
Valley fold the dotted line, and unfold. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
Rotate the model by 180º and open out rhe four arms. you will see a small hole in the top. Blow through the hole to inflate the tulip, then gently tap the base to even it out.
At the top of the tulip are four corners, which are the tips od the petals. Gently peel each tip back and pull it down, curling it with tour fingers. Try to keep the petal shapes symmetrical.
You should now be holding a beautiful origami tulip