August 14, 2021

A boy named Raj was upset because he had done poorly in his English test. He was sitting in his room when his grandmother came and comforted him. His grandmother sat beside him and gave him a pencil. Raj looked at his grandma puzzled, and said he didn’t deserve a pencil after his performance in the test.

His grandma explained, “You can learn many things from this pencil because it is just like you. It experiences a painful sharpening, just the way you have experienced the pain of not doing well on your test. However, it will help you be a better student. Just as all the good that comes from the pencil is from within itself, you will also find the strength to overcome this hurdle. And finally, just as this pencil will make its mark on any surface, you too shall leave your mark on anything you choose to.” Raj was immediately consoled and promised himself that he would do better.

Moral of the Story

We all have the strength to be who we wish to be.


Accordion Paper Flowers – Materials:

one square piece of paper 15cm x 15cm is nice – but any will do

paper scraps

button (optional)


glue stick

craft stick for the stem – though you can also roll up some green paper and use that instead!

How to make paper flowers step by step instructions with pictures.

Take your square piece of paper and prepare to concertina fold it into 8 equal folds. The easiest way to get the folds neatly spaced out, is to keep folding your paper in half and then unfolding it so you have some guide creases (see the two top images).

Then unfold and recrease, alternating your fold until you have a neat concertina.

Cut the paper into 4 equal parts (or if you want a bigger flower, cut in half and repeat with a second piece of paper).

Glue the four pieces of paper together – end to end.

Then the end back to the first piece of paper so you have a concertina ring like in the top right photo.

Gather the top of the ring together (bottom left).

And push down (bottom right).

Sometimes it will pop back up again, but usually its stays in place.

Cut out a paper circle and glue the circle and button in place.

Take a craft stick or coffee stirrer, paint green and secure to the back of your flower with glue or tape!

Your DIY paper flower is finished! Make more!

How to make paper accordion flowers (video):

I do hope you enjoyed this flower tutorial. The method really is quite straight forward and so fun!


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