For some, the celebration of New Year is over but for us Asians!
Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is another most anticipated celebration every year that lasts for two (2) weeks! And that’s cool! You’ve got to experience the oriental way of celebrating the New Year, full with many traditions, colourful decors the will bring good luck for the coming new year, foods of course! And the most important part is being with your family and together you welcome the new leaf of the year.
So this weekend, I’ve been thinking what DIY crafts can I share to you, then I remembered the time I used to make this flower origami to décor my bedroom or even my IG photos.
And as you’ve noticed, I love creating crafts that are so budget-friendly because am a certified giam siap (Hokkien for “stingy” ) type of gal, LOL.
And one of my favourite origami is the lotus flower. I’ve learned the craft for years and am telling you now it is very fun to make. You can make it while chatting with your friends or with your Mom, or while watching your favourite Korean drama series, and you might not realize – you’ve made a lot!
Materials that you need are the following:
• Coloured papers – old magazine pages, old or new gift wrapping papers, brochures, etc. but not newspapers or old directory books (if you still have it) because these papers smells carbon and it’s awful.
• A pair of scissors
• Strings for tying up
• Ruler and pencil for measuring and marking
• Any trinkets available in your crafting closet
First, get all your colored magazine papers and lay it flat on your working table. I used a silver gift wrapping paper for this tutorial for my lotus paper for Chinese New Year!
Depending on the occasion or the mood that you have, you may use any colored papers and color-coordinate it – it’s up to you!
Then cut some rectangular papers in size 3.5inches x 7inches. Make more of these papers so that it will be easy for you to assemble it later. If you are aiming to create a much bigger lotus, just adjust the paper sizes!
After you have cut and produced some rectangular papers, fold each papers just like the photo above.
You need to create those kinds of folded papers both for petals and leaves. For the basic lotus flower, you need to make four (4) pieces of folded paper for the petals, and four (4) pieces of folded papers for the bottom part.
After folding the papers, inter-lap it together and tie the papers in the middle and secure the papers.
Start carefully unfolding the paper petals to form your own paper lotus. You may watch my prepared video clip below how to unfold it.
And viola! You have your own paper lotus for Chinese New Year!
Like I’ve said earlier, you can use any kind of papers just not the newspapers because it smells awful, lol
You may create these many paper lotus and use it as your table ornaments by adding some candies in it!
This could be an awesome ice breaker, and an impressive décor to your table.
You can also make these as an accessories for your gift boxes, make it as a hanging lotus flower, glued a clip on the bottom and it will be your paper lotus hair clip. Or even make it as your party paper lotus hairband.