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These are step by step instructions for a realistic Bonsai Plant with flower buds.
I used a red 3x3inch paper and a green paper
for the buds.
Fold in half over this line.
Prefold over these 2 lines.
Prefold over these 6 lines
Make an inside reverse fold over these
Push these 2 edges against each other
Valley-fold over this line
Repeat steps 4 to 6 on the left
Valley-fold the model in half
Press the corner flat between your fingers,
see red arrows.
Do the same with the other two corners
Valley-fold the three corners upwards
Curl the tip of the leafs outwards a little
Make enough green and red buds for one plant
This paper is 3x3inch too.
Prefold over these 4 lines,
then turn the paper
First valley-fold over the 2 lines at the bottom right.
Then mountain-fold over the 2 diagonal lines in the
middle. And valley-fold over the
2 lines at the top left.
Valley-fold this flap upwards
Squash-fold the flap.
Valley-fold over these 2 lines.
Unfold the folds of step 17
Valley-fold the edge indicated by the red arrow
Push/press the edges downwards.
Valley-fold the triangular flap upwards
steps 16 to 21 on the other three flaps
Valley-fold one petal straight upwards.
Do the same on the backside.
Valley-fold over these 2 lines,
do the same on the backside.
Press the bottom of the 4 edges flat,
see arrows as example.
Make 4 of these parts
The biggest bunch with buds need
2 of these parts glued together.
The two smaller bunches only need one.
Glue the tip on the left inside the opening
at the bottom of the bud.
Glue all eight (or 4) tips inside the opening
of a bud.
Make the bunches full by glueing more
buds in the remaining gaps.
The arrows show where I glued the
edges of the buds together.
Roll up two a4 papers together with
a metal/florist wire inside.
Wrap tape around the top.
Wrap a crumpled brown a4 paper
around the white stem.
Rotate the brown paper a few times,
Bend the stem on a few places, see
next picture as guidance
This is the main stem, the base is placed
in a pot filled with florist foam or large
Make two more
of these stems/branches
The arrows show the main-stem.
The other two branches are glued or
taped to this
The three bunches with buds are glued
inside the top of the three branches.
This is a video with me folding an almost similar Bonsai Plant with