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Modular Origami Lily Star –Make and Use it as a Candle Holder post image

Modular origami is a technique in which two or more sheets of paper are folded into units or modules. The units are then fitted together to form one larger piece.

The origami piece shown in the photo is reminiscent of both a lily and a star. Designed by Leonor Martínez (Colombia), this is a charming example of modular origami.

This particular origami Lily Star is made with eight modules. To make the units you must use eight square pieces of paper measuring 3 x 3 inches (7.5 x 7.5 cm). Duo color paper is best.
Here are video instructions to make the origami Lily Star (designer Leonor Martínez).

Each module is made from the simple origami kite base.  I recommend using clips or miniature clothes pins to hold the modules in place during assembly. If you need to handle these origami lilies a lot, I suggest putting a drop of glue between the modules to prevent the petals from coming undone.

These modular flowers look great when used as candle holders (Do NOT leave them unattended!)

Paper Tips for Modular Origami

Modular origami figures turn out beautifully if made with paper squares cut from similar pages of a catalog or brochure.

It will be necessary then to have a sufficient number of copies of a given catalog or brochure to yield the required number of identically patterned paper squares. Rotated repetition of the pattern will give the finished model a kaleidoscopic look.


The photo shows an example of identical pages from outdated catalogs used to make this modular origami lily.  Click on the image to view it larger.

Lilies symbolism:
• Chastity and virtue
• May birth flower
• 30th wedding anniversary flower
• Virgin Mary’s purity

origami lily candle holder

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  • BellaLovesOrigami July 14, 2015, 9:27 am

    Loved folding this. Thank you for the video Leyla.

  • Jane Millikan June 30, 2013, 7:22 pm

    I just saw photos from your OUSA display! Will you someday share the instructions for your pentagonal boxes?

    • Leyla Torres July 1, 2013, 12:26 pm

      I’ll very likely make a video of the pentagonal boxes in the future.

  • Falk Brito January 31, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Wonderful! Functional origami!

  • Amanda Jolley January 20, 2013, 5:26 pm

    This is so beautiful! I’ve tried my hand but am having a difficult time keeping it from popping apart. Any suggestions?

    • Leyla Torres January 21, 2013, 10:44 am

      Hi Amanda, here are some suggestions:

      • Make it with very thin paper. Letter or office type paper is too thick.
      • Use clips or miniature clothes pins to hold modules together while assembling them.
      • You may want to assemble units two by two, add a drop of glue to each pair to secure it.Let it dry and proceed joining the pairs.
      • Personally, I just exercised patience and used glue when finished to secure the modules in place.

  • David January 19, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Simple, elegant and useful; I like functional origami!
    Thank you, Leonor and Leyla

  • Md January 19, 2013, 9:14 am

    Super bravo

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