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Create Lovely Water Lilies with Roni

Posted on May 24 2019

Summer is almost upon us and I don't know about you but it's about time! It felt like this past winter went on for years instead of months. Now that the weather is warming it's time to head to the beach and here in Indiana, that means a trip to the lake. One of my favorite aspects of visiting lakes is the lovely vegetation...water lilies in particular. They are just so pretty floating on the water like magic.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

I know these look difficult and have several steps but they are really easy steps and once you fold one or two you'll be able to whip through them in a matter of minutes. The hardest part is deciding what colors you want to make them.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 1 - Cut (3) pieces of Lavender Starstruck Foiled Paper 4" square; cut (1) 3 3/4" square; cut (2) pieces of Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper 3 1/2" square.
NOTE: You can make these flowers any size you like - just decrease the sizing down by 1/4" each time. For example (3) 3"; (1) 2.75"; (2) 2.5". For larger flowers, you might start out at 6" (or more) and decrease by 1/2" each time.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 2 - Fold one corner over to make a triangle.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 3 - Fold a corner over and make a smaller triangle.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 4 - Fold over a corner to make the smallest triangle.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

At this point, you have folded the paper three times creating a smaller triangle each time.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 5 - You now have a triangle that has 1 long side and 2 short sides. One short side has the fold and the other short side has multiple edges.

Take the short side with the folded edge and bring it towards the long side and crease as shown.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 6 - (optional) Draw a line from the corner to the center of the folded piece as shown. Once you get the feel for it you can skip this step.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson 
Step 7 - Cut along the line, it will now look like a half of a petal. Snip the very tip off as well.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 8 - Gently unfold to reveal the flower.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 9 - Make small relief cuts between each petal about halfway to the center hole.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 10 - Crease a mountain fold in the center of each petal as shown.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 11 - Repeat steps 2 - 10 for each of the remaining pieces of foiled paper.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 12 - Adhere to each layer of the flower using your favorite adhesive, I used glue dots but you could use liquid adhesive or a glue gun as well. From the bottom working up 3 large petals, the middle size petal and one of the gold petals.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 13 - Take the last gold set of petals; gather all of the individual petals into the center so all of the points meet and add glue.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

It will look like this when you look at either end - I know the points don't meet perfectly but nature isn't perfect either.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

And it will look like this from the side.

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

Step 14 - Adhere to this little golden football to the center of the flower.
 
Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

And you're done!

Water Lilies using Rinea Foiled Papers by Roni Johnson

And here are a variety of sizes paired with a simple rosette "lily pad" that I made using Jade/Jade Starstruck Foiled Paper.  These little gems would be perfect decor all summer long.
Supplies:
Scissors
Adhesive

1 comment

  • DONNA Nuce: May 27, 2019

    Really gorgeous Roni!

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