tweetkids papershop: mini-flora

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Ludovico’s mini-flora 

Ludovico loves magical paper experiments and today he taught us all how to make mini-flora. The original mini-flora prototype was made with white computer paper, while we tried new floral combinations with strips of coloured card.

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The process is easy enough for young children to learn and make alone, or in this case with the help of the mini-flora master himself – Ludovico!

Here’s how to make them:

  • Take two strips of paper of the same length and width (about 25x1cm is fine), although you may need a 40cm strip to make a full circle or ‘roller’. A bi-coloured mini-flora is quite stunning, so play with different colours.
  • Next, glue the two strips together to make an L shape.
  • Turn and fold, alternating between each leg of the L shape, so that eventually you have no L left, but a little ‘spring’. Glue the last fold onto the spring to help it stay in one piece.
  • You can join different springs together to make circles, and what we call ‘mini-flora’. They can also be turned inside out.

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It’s a nice technique to experiment with, even though they serve no particular purpose! Mini-flora are fun to make and lovely to look at.

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Thank you Ludo, from Viola, Francesca, Matteo, Viola and Rachel

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