Make a Paper Lotus Bud with 16 Petals...
You’ve just learned how to make a paper lotus bud with eight petals. Now, I’m going to show you how to create a lotus bulb with 16 petals, using a very similar technique.
First draw the inner and outer circles and fold the paper as in step 2.4 above.
Open up the paper again and take the left edge over to meet the right edge, and fold in half vertically, as pictured below.
Now bring the upper left corner over to meet the center on the right side of the paper. Do the same for the lower left corner to create a triangle, as pictured below.
Now fold once more so that the left sides of the triangle meet in the center horizontally, as demonstrated in the photo below. Crease well.
Open up the paper. The creases will serve as your guides for cutting the 16 petals.
Cut along the perimeter of the outer circle.
Now cut along the individual creases until you reach the inner circle. And don’t forget to create a hole for the stem in the center of the circle.
The gluing process is the same as above, but it’s just a bit more tricky since we have more petals to glue.
First, fold all the odd petals.
Add some glue to the upper right corner of each folded petal.
Glue them carefully to the next petal, going clockwise around the circle. Don’t forget to glue them close enough for the outer layer to fit, but not so close that the stamen can’t pass through. If you wish, you can use paper clips to hold your petals together.
Now, add a bit of glue in the upper left corner of the remaining petals. This time it’s easier to first glue the petals in pairs.
Now glue each pair of petals with the neighboring pair until the bud is complete.
Now add some glue to the bottom of the stamen, insert the wooden skewer through the hole and glue it to the bud.
You’ve done it! Don’t your paper lotus buds look amazing?
Arrange and Enjoy!
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