Friday, 20 April 2012

diy friday - origami lotus candle holder

Origami Lotus Candle Holder
Welcome to the first project in one love origami's diy friday series!

Today we're making an Origami Lotus Candle Holder using paper napkins and an LED battery operated candle. 

We're using paper napkins because their soft texture makes this model easier to fold and less likely to tear.

Origami Lotus with  Flower Hair Clip
The Lotus is a traditional Japanese origami model, with a recess in the middle that I always dreamed of turning into a candle holder. 

Knowing how fire likes paper though, I opted to use these pretty lotuses to hold round soaps and other items instead.

Now, thanks to the availability of LED battery operated tea-lights, my wish is granted!


Pink and Yellow Origami Lotuses
I like to make Lotus Candle Holders as gifts and table decorations. 

Now you can make them too!

They're easy to fold, inexpensive to make and share, beautifully realistic, and utterly charming!

If you would like to know more about the spiritual significance of the Lotus visit Kali's Kitchen.

Photo borrowed from Wikipedia

You will need:
  • One green square paper napkin, regular dinner size.
  • One pink, yellow or white square paper napkin, cocktail size (smaller than the dinner napkin).
  • One LED battery operated tea-light candle, preferably the "flickering flame" style.

Supplies:  Napkins and Battery Operated Tea-light Candle
Follow these four steps:

    1. Use your large green napkin to fold a lotus.  Be sure to unfold the napkin to its full size before you begin.

You can follow this diagram or this animated diagram from Origami Club

Or you can follow along with this video on YouTube.

    2. Next, use your smaller colored cocktail napkin to make the same model.
    3. Insert the smaller lotus inside the larger one.
    4. Place the lit LED battery operated tea-light candle inside.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Come back next week for our second diy friday project! 

Let me know what you think.  Click the reactions below or leave me a comment! 

Thanks and Happy Folding,  Tara

1 comment:

  1. HI - I was wondering if you have any step-by-step photos or a video you could make showing how you did this with the paper napkins? I'm wondering if because the paper is so thin if they would tear easily. The video you linked is great but if you could make one for the paper napkins that would be awesome!
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