Tutorial Author: Librada Ureña, Teaching Artist

Adapted for blog & Simple Origami Tutorial by: Sarah Clowe, Director of Art Programs

Materials: Square pieces of paper

Fold simple paper to create a bouquet of spring tulips!

Follow the tutorial below for a 3-dimensional effect or jump to the end for a simpler beginner's level tulip.

The city of Albany traditionally holds the annual Tulip Festival during Mother's Day weekend.  Due to the current efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 this year's Tulip Festival has gone virtual.  We are continuing to celebrate tulips at the museum by featuring tulip art.  To learn more about the online celebration including driving self-tours to view tulips in the area and streaming musical performances visit the Virtual 2020 Albany Tulip Festival page.

Origami Tulip Blossom

Crease the paper to form an x with a line in the middle

1. Start with a square piece of paper. If the origami paper you are using is a different color on one side have the color you do not want for the tulip facing you.

2. Fold the top right corner into the bottom left corner.

3. This will create a diagonal crease. /

4. Repeat fold on the other side.

5. Open the square. Now there will be two diagonal creases that create an x.

6. Flip the square over to the opposite side.

7. Fold the square down to the bottom line.

8. Open the square and check that you have folds that make an x with a horizontal line in the middle.

Fold the tulip shape

9. Using the creases, slowly start to fold in the square according to how the creases fold.

10. Now you’ll have an upside down triangle.

11. Rotate to an upright triangle.

12. Fold the bottom right edge up towards the middle of the triangle.

13. Repeat on the left side.

14. Flip over and repeat on both sides. You should now have a diamond shape.

15. Turn right hand side over so that there isn’t an opening in the middle of the diamond shape. The middle of the diamond shape should be smooth. Repeat on the opposite side.

16. Fold left hand side over to the right, make sure it lays a little bit over the middle of the diamond shape.

Give the blossom form and finishing touches

17. Repeat on the right hand side. Flip over and repeat step 16 and 17.

18. Notice now that the right hand side is laying on top of the left and it’s over the middle of the diamond shape.

19. Tuck the right edge into the left pocket. Flip over and repeat on the other side.

20. Bring the bottom of the origami to face you and blow on the hole located in the middle.

21. This will puff up the shape. 

22. Now you have the shape of the tulip.

23. Gently peal down the four petals.

24. You have an origami tulip!

You may choose to stop here and make a collection of blooms, or continue on and create stems for your flowers using the directions below.

Tulip Stem

1. Begin with a square piece of paper, and rotate the paper so it looks like a diamond.

2. Note: If using two sided origami paper make sure the color you want to use for the stem is facing down.

3. Fold in half vertically.

4. Open paper. Notice: There is a vertical line on the middle of the paper.

5. Fold right side into the middle line.

6. Repeat on the left side.

7. Again fold the right side to the middle line.

8. Repeat on the left side.

9. Rotate origami so that the sides you just folded are now at the bottom.

10. Again fold right side into the middle line.

11. Repeat on the left side.

12. Fold the top edge down to the bottom edge.

13. Rotate origami so that the pointy edge is now the top.

14. Fold the left side into the right side.

15. Now you've created a Stem

16. Place the origami Tulip on the Stem.

Simple Origami Tulip Option Available in PDF Format

Simple Origami Tulip Tutorial

Click the link to view an easier tulip option available for younger ages: Simple Origami Tulip Tutorial
Interested in more origami tutorials or other ebooks?

The simple origami tulip tutorial was made from directions found in the 2011 book, Easy Holiday Origami by Christopher L. Harbo published by Capstone Press. 

I found this book as a free library ebook loan available from the Internet Archive.  The Internet Archive is an American digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge." It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and millions of books. 



Published May 7, 2020