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How to fold a lotus flower

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower

Cambodia’s lotus flowers are totally captivating. Because they rise untarnished from the muddy pond waters where they grow, they are Buddhist symbols of purity. But they are even more beautiful when their strong petals are carefully pulled back and folded — like pieces of organic origami — into a variety of intricate designs. Here's how to do it: READ MORE: Cambodia's islands of change

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: The buds

Start with tight, fresh lotus flower buds.   READ MORE: Be still: How to experience the unexpected Zen of a staycation

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Pinch-fold

Gently loosen the outermost petal and pinch-fold it in half.   READ MORE: Travel memoir: Lands of contradiction

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Form a triangle

Form a triangle by folding the petal in on itself twice.   READ MORE: Drift away at Jumby Bay, a private island resort in Antigua

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Tuck in the end

Working in a circular motion, continue to fold petals back until you get as close to the centre as you like. Carefully tuck in the ends as you go.   READ MORE: It's a wild world at Kenya's Ol Jogi Ranch

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Arrange

Folded flowers will keep fresh for several days before they begin to brown.   READ MORE: New Zealand's art deco time warp

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Different folds

There are countless different kinds of lotus flower folds and arrangements.   READ MORE: Travel memoir: The power of pilgrimage

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Keep it simple

Lotus flowers are often displayed floating in water.   READ MORE: Escape to Ananda spa resort in the Indian Himalayas

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Peel back the petals

For a more simple arrangement, carefully peel back the petals.   READ MORE: Travel memoir: Finding wanderlust

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Tuck in

Tuck in some of the inner petals to frame the flower.   READ MORE: Travel video diary: Kamalame Cay private island in the Bahamas

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How to fold a lotus flower

How to fold a lotus flower: Enjoy!

Enjoy your handiwork...or continue to fold to get...   READ MORE: Marlon Brando's private island in French Polynesia

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How to fold a lotus flower: Fully folded

Tuck in all the petals in to get this final look.   READ MORE: Cambodia's islands of change

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