A Simple Origami Lily Making Guide


A Simple Origami Lily Making Guide


Lilies are beautiful and elegant flowers that make great statement pieces and decorations anywhere. In this origami tutorial, we are going to make an elegant origami flower of a lily. An origami lily can be quite tricky to make, but this step-by-step instruction will help you make an intricate paper flower.

For this instruction, use a thin piece of origami paper. That way, it is easy to curl the petals of the origami. It is also better to use origami paper with color on one side to follow the instructions much clearer. Once finished, it would make a beautiful decoration anywhere or in any event.

Difficult Level: Intermediate – Hard

How to fold an Origami Lily - Step 01

To make this origami lily, get a square piece of origami paper and face the colored side upwards. Fold the paper crosswise and lengthwise in half. Crease the paper well and unfold.

After making the crease, turn the origami paper to the other side.

Diagonally fold the paper along the dashed lines.

Start forming the waterbomb base by pushing the paper from both sides as shown by the arrows.

As you push the sides in, the background triangle should form. Hold it down as you continue to bring both sides together.

Finish the waterbomb base by squashing down the paper to flatten.

Fold along the dashed lines of the top layer triangle to the center. Crease the origami paper well and unfold.

Using the middle crease as a guide, lift the right corner flap to the middle. Make sure to lift the top outer flap ONLY.


Once you have lifted the flap, squash it down to flatten.

The origami paper should now look like this: repeat steps 8 and 9 to the back layer.

Bring left and right corner to the center. Crease well and unfold.

Fold the piece in half as shown. Crease well and unfold.

Using the crease made in steps 11 to 12 as a guide, lift the bottom flap (uppermost layer only) upward.

Lift the bottom corner till you reach the top point.

Repeat steps 11 to 14 on each of the other (back, left, and right) sides.

Fold each of these triangular flaps downwards on ALL four sides.

Rotate the origami piece 180 degrees counterclockwise so that the open part is at the top.

Fold the outer flaps along the dashed line as shown, then squash it down.

Repeat step 18 on the left, right, and back sides of the origami piece.

Unfold each petal of the origami lily, prying open all the four top flaps.

Your origami lily is finished! Slightly curl the petals of the paper flower to make it more realistic.

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  1. Helped a lot for my Mother’s Day card covering. Thanks

  2. I made this with a pink paper. Looks so fabulous. Imma surprise my girl with this. Hope she would love it. yay !!

  3. a bit hard…
    but it was so so worth it
    tuned up nicely in the end.

  4. Fabulous flower!! I really want to send you a picture of the flower i have made same as this one….how can i contact you through your email…

  5. This is one of my favorite origami designs of all time.

  6. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! Mine came out perfectly!


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