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How to make a pop-up Kirigami lotus

Given below is a simple technique which can be used to make pop-up greeting using origami paper; we will make a simple popup lotus using this technique.

Glimpse of the Result:

Pop up lotus

How To:

Step 1:

Start by taking a rectangular peice of paper for the lotus and another piece for the base of the greeting.

Step 2:

Cut the rectangular piece in two equal halves as strips.

Step 3:

Take a strip and fold it into half thrice.

Step 4:

Hold the folds together and cut the corners to shape it like the edges of a lotus flower petal.

Step 5:

Unfold to get a structure as shown. Make cuts at the points indicated in black.

Step 6:

Repeat steps 3 and 4. For this strip, make cuts at the top in the points indicated.

Step 7:

Insert one strip into the other at the cuts made.

Step 8:

Bring the folds together.

Step 9:

You will get the below structure after folding them together.

Step 10:

Take the other rectangular piece and fold it in half to make a fold. Make a crease and unfold.

Step 11:

Apply glue as shown and paste it at the center crease.

Step 12:

Repeat this for the other side of the petals folded.

Step 13:

Open up the base and you have your lotus flower blooming at the center.

A simple method to help you begin your experiments with pop up greeting cards.


One comment

  1. Thanks for this how-to. I had seen one made by a colleague but forgot the details. Now I made a couple of practice pieces with some success, and plan to find prettier paper to make some to send to friends.

    Best wishes,


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