Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

Verbal instructions via Whatsapp by Nishi Sakpal, Mumbai, India

Designer/Creator: Unknown/Traditional

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Fairly thin or speciality origami paper is recommended for this model.

Folding level: Intermediate

Steps: 20

Description: Note that this model is a 3D lily flower with 4 petals that is folded from the Waterbomb or Balloon Base. As often happens with origami, there are various well-known and not so well-known ways to fold what is considered to be lilies or irises.

In general, lilies in real life have 6 petals. Origami models exist with folds having 4, 5, 6 or more petals that may represent lilies or lily-like flowers, with the 4 petal lilies being by far the most common type because of the fact that 6 petal folds are much more complex to create.

The Preliminary Base leading to the Bird Base is often used to fold lilies, which perhaps makes this model, using the waterbomb base, slightly easier than most other creations of paper lilies.

The petals are long and slender and curl upwards from the center and then downwards in an arc. The stem is also quite long, making the model quite suitable for placing in a vase or for garlands.

Remarks:

Fold this lily as a decoration for any occasion.

Lilies can be made up as garlands or presented in vases.

They make beautiful last-minute gifts. Fold one flower or a whole bunch in different colors for someone special.

Summary explanation:

The actual folds used in this model are not difficult. What could be a challenge for a beginner is the fact that there are multiple 'similar' folds resulting in many layers.

So, remember to follow the sequence of the steps exactly and count frequently to ensure that you have the correct amount and type of flaps where indicated.

The folding of this lily is divided into 6 parts:

Part 1 - The Waterbomb Base

Steps 1 to 8 creates the Waterbomb Base as a starting point for this flower.

Part 2 - Making 4 squash folds

Step 9 to 12 will describe how to use squash folds to start shaping the flower.

Part 3 (Step 13) will involve Turning the flaps for the next steps.

Part 4 (Steps 14 to 16) will comprise folding the stem or lower part of the 4 petals.

Part 5 (Steps 17 to 19) will form the 4 points of the petals.

Part 6 (Step 20) will describe the opening and shaping of the petals.

Try to focus on one part of the folding sequence at a time. This will make things easier to follow and understand.

Part 1 - The Waterbomb Base

If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside of the lily is facing down before you start to fold.

NOTE: This model starts from the Waterbomb or Balloon Base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.

Step 1

Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the edges are facing up and down, left and right.

Step 2

Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 4

Turn the square over and position it so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.

Step 5

Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.

Step 6

Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangle shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.

Step 8

Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat.

The model will have one open end, which should be facing you.

Part 2 - Making 4 squash folds

Step 9

Turn the model sideways, so that its closed point is to the left with 2 of its flaps pointing up and 2 down.

Step 10

Working with the top flap, the front layer only, do the following steps to make a squash fold:

10.1

Grasp the top corner of the triangle, top layer only, and fold it downwards and to the right, so the top edge meets the horizontal center of the model.

Starting at the left, closed point, make a nice, even crease.

Result: The top edge of the triangle will come down to lie straight along the horizontal center crease to form a long, skinny triangle with a point that will extend past the right side of the model.

10.2

Lift up the flap you have just created as far as it will go so it points to the ceiling.

Locate 3 crease lines on this flap. The fold nearest the ceiling we will call Crease A. Then there will be 2 more creases on either side of the flap, Crease B and Crease C.

10.3

While still holding the flap upright, coming from the right side, insert a finger into the pocket of the flap and open it as far as possible to the sides while at the same time, pushing down Crease A until it lies flat.

The result should be that Creases B and C move apart to make space for Crease A, forming a large kite shape that will cover part of the horizontal center of the model when it is press completely flat.

10.4

Now fold the bottom half of the new flap upwards so that the horizontal center crease of the model is visible again.

Result: First squash fold is done.

Step 11

Working with the bottom flap, the front layer only, do the following steps to make another squash fold:

11.1

Grasp the bottom corner of the triangle, top layer only, and fold it upwards and to the right, so the bottom edge meets the horizontal center of the model.

Starting at the left, closed point, make a nice, even crease.

Result: The bottom edge of the triangle will come up to lie straight along the horizontal center crease to form a long, skinny triangle with a point that will extend past the right side of the model.

11.2

Lift up the flap you have just created as far as it will go so it points to the ceiling.

Locate 3 crease lines on this flap. The fold nearest the ceiling we will call Crease A. Then there will be 2 more creases on either side of the flap, Crease B and Crease C.

11.3

While still holding the flap upright, coming from the right side, insert a finger into the pocket of the flap and open it as far as possible to the sides while at the same time, pushing down Crease A until it lies flat.

The result should be that Creases B and C move apart to make space for Crease A, forming a large kite shape that will cover part of the horizontal center of the model when it is press completely flat.

11.4

Now fold the top half of the new flap downwards so that the horizontal center crease of the model is visible again.

Result: Second squash fold is done.

On this side, we will call it Side A, you will end up with a large triangle on the left, and 2 small, loose triangles peaking out on the right.

Beneath this will be the original triangle formed by the Waterbomb Base.

Step 12

Turn the model over from top to bottom and repeat Steps 10 and 11 on the other side (Side B) so that your model will now be cymmetrical.

You have now completed the 4 squash folds.

Part 3 - Turning the flaps

Step 13

Turn the figure with its closed point facing you.

Before continuing with the next steps, make sure your model consists of the following layers:

On each side of the model there should be 4 double-layered folds, while at the end furthest away from you, there should be 4 small, separate triangles, each composed of 2 layers.

13.1

Fold the left flap, the front layer only, to the right so your model has a smooth surface.

13.2

Turn the figure over and repeat the previous step so you have a smooth surface on this side of the figure as well.

Part 4 - Forming the lower part of the 4 petals

Step 14

14.1

Fold the bottom left and right edges inwards to meet along the vertical center.

Crease and leave folded.

14.2

Flip the right flap you have just folded, over to the left, so it lies on top of the folded left flap.

14.3

Fold the next flap over to the left as well so you have a smooth surface to work with.

Result: First lower petal folded.

Step 15

Repeat Step 14 once more on this side.

Result: Second lower petal folded.

Step 16

Flip the figure over and repeat Steps 14 and 15 on this side as well to form 2 more lower petals.

Result: Four lower petals folded.

Part 5 - Forming the 4 points of the petals

Step 17

17.1

Fold the top left and right edges inwards to meet along the vertical center.

Crease and leave folded.

17.2

Flip the right flap you have just worked on to the left.

17.3

Fold the next flap over to the left as well so you have a petal consisting of 2 parts divided along the vertical center.

Result: First petal point folded.

Step 18

Repeat Step 17 once more on this side.

Result: Second petal point folded.

Step 19

Flip the figure over and repeat Steps 17 and 18 on this side as well to form 2 more petal points.

Result: Four petal points folded.

Part 6 - Opening and shaping of the petals

Step 20

Gently open the 4 petals of the flower by pulling them outwards and curl them downwards using your fingers or a pen or similar object.

If using a pen, place it on the underside with your thumb on top of the petal. Pressing from both sides, start near the bottom center of each petal and pull towards the outside of the petal in an arc. This is an outward motion and then downwards as you get to the end point of each petal.

You might find that the paper seems to resist being opened. Be patient and keep shaping the petals until they are opened the way you prefer.

Shape all 4 of the petals so they look the same.

Marvel at your beautiful 4-petal lily.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text-only instructions.

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Compiled by Nishi Sakpal and Lindy van der Merwe, April 2023

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