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- Coloured paper
- Glue stick or sticky tape
- Thread or string
Involve participants in cutting and folding.
- Take square pieces of coloured paper 7 x 7 inches or 18 x 18 cm. Each flower needs 8 squares.
- Fold each square diagonally.
- Take one folded square and cut along right angle (90 degrees) stopping 1/2 inch / 1.5 cm before the fold. Do this three times as shown in photo 1 below.
Divide the pace into four roughly equal parts when cutting.
- The parts are called ‘flaps’; the smallest flap being in the centre of the triangle.
- Open square in front of you and starting from the centre flap, bend it backwards gently.
- Fold second flap upwards by joining and gluing the tips together.
- If you have participants with poor dexterity you may give them a medium flap to fold over as shown in photo 3; this makes it easier for gluing.
- Fold third flap also upwards and glue tips.
- Fold the last flap backwards and glue tips.
- Glue tip of third flap to the lower part of fourth flap, as shown in photo.
- This is the first 'petal' of the flower; put it to one side and make three more.
- When you have four 'petals' staple them together, put on one side and make another four petals.
- When you have two lots of stapled petals, you have a flower.
- Cut tips to make it easier to glue the two sides together.
- Hang flowers from ceiling or windows with a yarn, string or ribbon.