Lotus flowers are exquisite water plants. Their perfectly formed petals are beautifully highlighted and extremely eye-catching, and they are a lovely addition to a water garden. Faux versions look amazing when used as part of an indoor decorating scheme, and they do not have to be made from silk or another fine fabric. Tissue paper blooms are delicate and absolutely gorgeous, and they are very easy to make.
For a single lotus flower you will need art-quality pink and yellow tissue paper. Do not use paper that is meant for lining gift boxes and bags. The color will bleed when glue is applied and if it ends up wet. You will also need scissors, a pencil, a soda bottle cap, green construction paper and high-quality craft glue. It will also be helpful to have something round to trace for the leaf.
Begin by drawing the pink petals for the lotus flower using the photo as a guide. You will need between 16 and 18 petals for each one. You should make an equal number of large, medium and small petals. Cut them out and set them aside. You will also need a strip of pink paper to cover the exterior of the soda bottle cap. Apply a thin layer of craft glue, and wrap it with the pink paper strip.
Next, glue the pink tissue paper petals around the outside of the bottle cap. Make three complete rows, and be sure to stagger the position of the petals. The flower will begin to come to life as each petal is glued into place. Use the second photo as a visual guide.
As the glue on the cap dries to the touch, cut out short yellow strips for the center of the lotus flower. They should be about ¼” wide and one inch in length. You will need about 25 or 30 individual strips. Alternately you can snip the edges of a single one-inch wide strip of yellow tissue paper. If you choose the second option, the strip of tissue paper should be about six inches long. Spread a generous amount of craft glue into the base of the soda bottle cap, and add the individual pieces or the loosely rolled fringed strip.
In the meantime, make the lily pad. Trace around a circular item on a piece of green construction paper, and carefully cut it out. Snip away a pie-shaped wedge to complete the leaf.
Finish by gluing the base of the lotus bloom to the center of the construction paper leaf. Let the glue dry before handling the flower further. It will be ideal for decorating a wrapped gift, a tabletop, a mirror tray and more.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience