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3D Origami Lotus

3D Origami Lotus – Instructions

Tutorial for making a three dimensional origami lotus using triangular paper units is explained here. I’ve tried to make the steps as clear as possible. Hope you enjoy making this beautiful paper lotus.

3D Origami Lotus

How to make an Origami Lotus:

We will need a total of 734 units for making this origami lotus model. The split up of the units by color:

Green –  318 units

Light Pink – 240 units

Dark Pink – 126 units

Yellow – 50 units

The tutorial for making the triangular units is given here.


A disclaimer before we begin: The quality of the images are not great… something wrong with my lighting!

Step 1:

We will start by making the leaves of the lotus flower. Start with one green units and increment the number of units by 1 for every row.

TDOL2Step 2:

Keep increasing the number by 1 and inserting rows till you have 7 units in a row.

TDOL3Step 3:

Now start reducing the number of units by 1 for every row till you have one unit. You will get this kind of a rhombus shaped structure. We would have used up 49 units for one leaf.

TDOL4Step 4:

Repeat steps 1 to 3 and make 5 more such leaf units.

Step 5:

Attach two units together as shown. We will use 4 connecting units for two leaves. At least 4 connecting units become necessary to hold the structure well.

TDOL5Step 6:

Similarly attach the six leaf units together.

TDOL6Step 7:

Now we will start making the lotus flower. The step to make the flower is going to be a little different than usual. Generally we start from the bottom of the structure and move upwards. Here we will take a top down approach.

We will be using light pink color units here.

Just like how you made the leaves, start for the flower – begin with 1 unit and keep increasing by 1 for the next row.


Keep adding the units till you have 5 units in a row and then start decreasing the number of units by 1.

TDOL8Step 8:

Make 5 more such units. We will need a total of 6 such units for one flower.

TDOL9Step 9:

Now connect two light pink units together using 1 Dark pink unit. Do you see the dark pink unit at the center?

TDOL10Step 10:

Now fill in using Dark pink units as shown.

TDOL11Step 11:

Similarly keep connecting the light pink pieces together.

TDOL12Step 12:

Finally join the ends together in the same manner.


The round structure gets formed as you can see below.

TDOL14Step 13:

Now add a row of light pink. 30 units will get used up here.

TDOL15And … 2 more such rows.

The flower is completed.


Just shape the flower a bit at the bottom.

I set the flower at the center of the leaves to see how it looks…already pretty!

TDOL21Step 14:

For the center of the flower, make a ring out of 10 yellow units in each row.

Here are the first 2 rows.

TDOL17Step 15:

Add one more row.

TDOL18Step 16:

Bring the last row downward.

TDOL19Step 17:

Add 2 more rows of yellow. All the 50 yellow units are consumed.


TDOL20Step 18:

Set the yellow modules piece at the center of the lotus flower.


Here is another look of the completed three dimensional modular lotus flower.

TDOL23I was happy with the way the lotus came out. Just wish I had taken better pictures… next in my to-do list is learning ‘basic photography’!


  1. it was very nice to see this art it is amazing. i also want to learn this art can u help me.

  2. In Step 16, what does “Bring the last row downwards” mean? I cannot figure out how it goes from step 15 to 16.

  3. Thanks a lot. Just finished this lotus and it really looks superb.

  4. It’s lucky when I found your blog..your lotus was so nice..

  5. this lotus u made is awsome im making one for my aunts bday today
    thanks to ur tutorials i havr found a great hobbie u make it so much easier to construct

  6. thanks for this tutorial, it really helped me, i’m making one right now as decoration in my room 😀

  7. which material do you use i cant make the paper just like yours flower it becomes so thin not like your flower thickness

  8. This protect is awesome!

  9. thank you very much…

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