Handmade for the Holidays: DIY Origami

Makenna Doyle, Journalist

How To Make A Simple Water Lily

The water lily is a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth. These can be
given as gifts or accompanied with bigger gifts. Making a water lily is an easy way to pass time. All you need is a rectangle or square piece of paper and practice. You might not get it on the first try. Have patience and trust the process. Good luck! Here’s a couple links to learn more about the water lily before trying. https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/water-lilies



1. Get a piece of paper (8 x 11’) or a square piece
2. (Square piece of paper skip to Step 8)
3. Fold into triangle
4. Cut off remaining paper
a. Here’s a link to know more about turning rectangle paper into a square
b. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Square-from-Rectangular-Paper
5. Unfold
6. Fold diagonally in half
7. Unfold
8. Fold in half
9. Unfold
10. Flip over
11. Repeat Step 10
12. Unfold
13. Fold corner point into the center
14. Repeat on remaining three sides
15. Fold corner point into the center
16. Repeat Step 16
17. Flip Over
18. Repeat Step 15 and 16
19. Fold triangle in half
20. Repeat Step 21
21. Flip Over
22. Fold Triangles Back
23. Repeat Step 24
24. Finished


Here’s a couple more links to use for visuals and help!