I had posted previously about Japanese kusudama, which are paper balls, usually made out of flowers or other shapes. The origami skills needs to create these cute little flowers is not anything that should intimidate anyone who hasn't done origami before. But actually finishing a kusudama is time consuming! One kusudama is made up of 12 flowers, or the equivalent of 60 petals.
After a full Sunday afternoon of work, I had my finished my practice kusudama!
I love how delicate yet structured it is! I think it would be perfect to have a long piece of ribbon or even tulle ribbon strung along the side of the pews in my church, with a kusudama here and there.
To make the flowers that make up this kusudama, check out these instructions:
Folding Tree's Kusudama Instructions, part 1
To learn how to take your flowers and turn them into a kusudama, check out these instructions:
Folding Tree's Kusudama Instructions, part 2
You'll need the following to complete a kusudama:
- 60 square pieces of paper (origami or another lightweight paper)
- Glue (I just used white craft glue)
- Optional - bamboo skewer to easily (and cleanly!) spread the glue
- Ribbon - if you want to hang your kusudama