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Step 1

To make the stamen, you will need a strip of paper, so cut a 15cm x 15cm square in half.

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Fold the strip of paper in half; then fold it in half once more; and then fold it in half one last time, so you have created a thin strip, as demonstrated in the photo below.

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Now fold the thin strip in half width-ways.

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Step 2

Take a pair of scissors and make lots of small vertical cuts in the folded strip of paper. This will create a paper fringe. At this point, cut the folded edges as well to allow the ‘stamen’ to open up. Trim the ends a little to make the stamen shorter.

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Step 3

Make a small hole in the centre of the paper with a sharp pair of scissors, and then insert a wooden skewer through the hole.

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Add some glue to the inner side of the stamen, fold the paper upwards and hold in place until firmly glued. When dry, gently separate the individual strips of paper to give the stamen more volume and a natural, fluffy shape.

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Step 4

To create the lotus bud, choose a different piece of colored paper from the one you used for the stamen. You will only need one sheet of paper for the bud.

First, put the square paper on your table surface with the colored side facing upwards. Place a circular object like a bowl with diameter of about 14cm (5.5in) in the middle of the paper. Make sure it’s centered. Trace around the outline of the circle with a pen.

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Step 5

Now you need to fold the paper. Bring the bottom edge up to meet the top edge, and fold in half horizontally. Crease well.

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Open up the paper again and take the left edge over to meet the right edge, and fold in half vertically, as pictured below. Crease well.

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Bring the bottom left corner up to the top right-corner, and fold the paper diagonally. You should have a triangle, as pictured below.

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Unfold the paper and fold it again on the other diagonal, so that the lower right corner meets the upper left corner. Crease well.

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Step 6

Unfold the paper and place a circular object like a jam jar lid with a diameter of around 6.5 cm (2.6 in) in the center of the white side of the paper and trace around it.

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Step 7

Carefully cut out the bigger circle. Make sure to cut inside of the pen marks so that you remove them.

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Place the circle on a flat and soft object like an eraser or a piece of clay. Use the sharp end of the skewer to create a small hole in the center of the circle.

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Now cut along the eight lines created by the folds. You need to cut them until you reach the inner circle. If it helps, trace the folds with a pen first, so that you can see them clearly.

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Step 8

Place the paper on a flat surface with the color side facing downwards.

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Fold every second petal inwards.

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Add a bit of glue to the upper left corner of the four petals you’ve already folded.

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Glue each petal to the next folded one. You should fold all petals in the same direction. Make sure to glue them fairly closely so that you leave space for the second layer of petals. But also ensure that you’ve left enough room for the stamen to pass through the central hole, as pictured below.

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Step 9

Now, add a bit of glue on the upper right corner of the remaining petals.

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Glue each petal to the one on its right to form the second layer of the bulb. You may find it useful to keep the petals in place with a paper clip until they dry.

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Insert the stem with the stamen through the hole, glue it in place and your lotus bulbs are ready.

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