I know spring is this wonderful time when you can get outside and enjoy the earth and the new growth as the world is reborn. Buckets of my friends are always thrilled at the idea of tilling ground, planting flowers and enjoying their therapeutic time outside. And I say awesome for you. I, on the other hand, would rather enjoy the flowers I didn’t plant in the gardens I didn’t till and get my therapy from a good hike (that’s my version of outside time).
I fold paper tulips instead of garden
So in homage to the joys of spring, I “plant” for you, paper tulips. My video only shows one tulip but this is origami. You can make a few thousand (as long as the paper holds out). But I recommend about 7 for a bouquet. And for a little happy display, 3 on stems is perfect, like I show in the video. Or if you want to make the house look extra spring-y fold a hundred. (If you do, snap a photo and tag me on Instagram, I want to see/share it.)
How hard are these to make?
This origami is fairly simple (unlike actual gardening). It uses your basic origami square and a water bomb base (you know water bombs those paper folds that are actually filled with air). It’s really just an alteration of a water bomb to make it narrow at the top. Oh, and you have to pull out some petals.
Blowing the air in can be tricky for people. It’s not actually a balloon. Don’t fold your lips around and exhale with all your strength. You’ll end up biting the paper and getting it all slobbery. Instead pull the sides out to give the paper room to grow. Blot your lips and just inside your lips on a tissue (pretty much just like you blot lipstick), without pressure put your lips on the hole and gently blow. It’s a balance for the right air flow, but you’ll get the feel of it.
I am gonna plant me some more paper tulips now. And you can go back to your gardening that actually involves real plants.