Wednesday, 9 June 2010

How to make Lotus Flower Books

Quite a few of you have asked if I would show a tutorial on making Lotus Flower Books. I'm not up to making videos yet so I hope step-by-step instructions are ok for you. (Thanks to Alysn at the Beetroot Tree for giving me the 'ok' to do this.)

You will need:   4 squares of paper 10cms x 10cms
                        2 squares of thick card 5.25cms x 5.25cms
                        2 squares of paper (for covers) 7cms x 7cms
                        fibre or ribbon, glue

1. Make a horizontal, vertical and one diagonal fold on each of the 4 larger squares of paper.

2. Push the diagonal folds in so that the paper folds into a smaller square.

3. With the folded corners in the same orientation, glue 2 squares together.

4. Continue with the remaining squares.

5. Cover each piece of thick card with the 7 cm square cover papers. Trim the corners.

6. Glue one cover onto the top of the folded papers.

7. Place the ribbon or fibre over the inside of the second cover, tape it down, then glue to the back of the folded pages.
This can be as long as you like, depending upon how many times you want to wrap it round the book!

Decorate your cover and tie the ribbon (or fibre).

I hope that explains it ok for you! If there are any parts that are confusing, please let me know so I can do some editing.

Please link back to me if you decide to have a go.....and show me what you come up with.
Of course you can adapt the sizes if you wish; I have made them in all different sizes but the one above is the cutest!


dosfishes said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, yours are truly beautiful and delicate. I will have to give it a go!

Sandy said...

Thanks so much dear Linda for this wonderful tutorial.
I will work this is the next time. So wonderful books you are created. Love them all.

La Dolce Vita said...

oh thanks for sharing this! wonderful!

Judy S. said...

Great tutorial, Linda! Even though I'm not a paper crafter, I think I could follow your directions. Sure can tell what your vocation used to be! ;)

Shashi Nayagam said...

I must try this. It reminds me of what we used to do as kids during our spare time at school. Of course we didn't have any spare paper but we would be naughty and tear some from our work books and make things out of the papers.
Thanks for the tutorial Linda.

Catharina Maria said...

I hope to make it this week Linda !
Love ♥RINI♥

An Zeelmaekers said...

thanks for sharing this... i will try it in my next project

Heather said...

Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow Linda. I am too busy right now to make a book but will certainly have a go as soon as I get a minute to myself.

Julie said...

An excellent tutorial Linda! Thank you very much for taking the time to do this and to share it. I have saved a copy for future reference. Many thanks x

~*~Patty said...

Oh aren't you kind and generous dear Linda. Lovely of you to share the how to!

Holly Loves Art said...

What a lovely tutorial! Looks like such a fun project. Thanks for sharing!

Diana said...

That's such a sweet little project, LInda, thank you! I'll be having a go (want to prepare some paper using my own hand-carved stamps as per last week's correspondence! Thank you so much for all the inspiration.

Gabriela said...

Fantastic! Thank you so much! I can't wait to try it!

Doone said...

heloooo - Donna here - from Derby,

I am doing the ' extrA due to demand' soldering class at the BRT , think its the 22nd? - best check eh!. Do you teach the paper art work classes?

Lorraine said...

thanks very much Linda for this tutorial..I was wondering how you made them..will have a go at this soon I think

Heloise said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I have had a go at making some and just blogged about them with a link back here. I can see there are many possibilities.

Lynn said...

Thank you dear Linda for the tutorial, I hope to try this after my move :)

Jill said...

Hello there - I'm another retired teacher enjoying trying out every art and craft experience available. I love your inspiring blog and I shall certainly visit again, Jill

Debs said...

Wow Linda, this is such a gorgeous project to undertake. I'm getting onto it right now!!!! Thanks ever so much for sharing!
Debs x

Emma said...

Great tut for these gorgeous little books. Those cards in the last post are fabulous - I'm a very lucky girl! Weren't we lucky to win Heloise's beautiful work?!

Rain, Skye, hmmm, no comment;)

Kimmie said...

thank you so much!
I have seen this fold before - but never seen them attached to make a longer and more intricate "book"

Dot said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial Linda. I will definitely give this a go. Don't think I would be anywhere as neat as you though!
Dot xx
P.S Would you be interested in doing another art swap at some stage? I would love to create something special for you!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I shall have to give it a go. Yours looks great!

Gini said...

Brilliant brilliant tutorial Linda!
Absolutely perfect with the pictures, sketches and words.

I'm completely a visual learner and usually struggle to understand written instructions on crafty projects but I can do this!

Thank you so much for preparing it as I know how time consuming these things are :-)