It’s Tulip Season!
Did you know that Miffy is from the Netherlands, the tulip capital of the world? Here are some fun facts about tulips:
- There are over 150 species of tulip bulbs, and 3000 different varieties total.
- Some tulips can grow over 2 feet tall.
- Tulips can be many different colors, but there is no such thing as a blue tulip.
- Every year, the Netherlands produces over 3 BILLION tulip bulbs to sell around the world.
- 9 inch by 12 inch construction paper, in the color of your choice
- 9 inch by 12 inch construction paper, green
- Scissors (Need an adult to use)
- Glue stick
To make the tulip head
Step 1: Fold a piece of construction paper in half like a book, and then turn it on its side and fold it in half again.
Step 2: Turn the paper on its side one more time, and fold the paper in half again. Now unfold the paper (open the book) so you can see the crease in the middle.
Step 3: Using scissors, cut along that crease.
You should now have two pieces, 3 inches by 4.5 inches
Step 4: Take one of the pieces. Fold it in half like a book
Step 5: Trace a half-tulip shape along the middle fold
Step 6: Using scissors, cut out the tulip shape
Step 7: Do Steps 4-6 to the other half. For consistent tulip shape, use the tulips you just cut out as a stencil.
You should now have 8 individual tulip cut outs. Note: You do not need to use all 8 tulip cut outs, this demonstration uses only 6.
Step 8: Fold each of the six paper tulip flowers in half along their fold. Use your glue stick to add glue to the back of one half. Then glue another tulip half onto it.
Step 9: Repeat with the other tulip cut outs. Complete by gluing the two remaining halves together.
To make the stem
Step 10: Take some green construction paper, cut it to be 9 inches by approximately 2 inches.
Step 11: Tightly fold it into a straw-like cylinder. One easy way to do this is to roll the paper around a pencil. Wrap clear tape around the stem at the top and bottom.
Step 12: Insert the stem into the base of the tulip, where all the folded tulips meet in the center. You may need to pull them slightly apart to make the stem fit.
Step 13: Cut out two large leaves from the green construction paper, and tape or glue them to the base of the stem
And now you have a beautiful tulip!