The Japanese kusudama is a paper model that is usually created by joining multiple identical pyramidal units together to form a ball.
Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.
The kusudama is a form of origami. It is often confused with modular origami, but is not such because the units are strung or pasted together, instead of folded together. It is, however, still considered origami as early traditional Japanese origami often used both cutting and pasting.
When I made these flowers I took only one part of what would make a kusudama – I’ll leave that challenge for another day! – and looked at other ways we could use them. They are quite bulky so not for use on a scrap page but will make a very pretty embellishment on a card. They would make very pretty decorations as a banner – maybe at a baby shower or themed birthday party but I used the ones we made as hair accessories. As a paper accessory they won’t last very long but my girls love having coordinating hair accessories – this way they can make something to perfectly compliment an outfit.
Deep breath in – all you going to need is 5 squares of equal sized paper (The hair flowers were 10cm square.). After playing around yesterday I think DS paper has the best density but I made some with cardstock (a little thick) and others with origami paper out the craft box. Some adhesive and a bone folder.
Fold in half on the diagonal – colourside out.
Place triangle point at the top and fold the bottom corners up to the apex.
Fold the points outwards so that the vertical line lines up with the edge of the square – that sounds confusing but pictures will help;)
Using your bone folder open up the flaps so they form a kite shape and lie flat.
Fold down the tips (to form an inverted triangle) so that the base of the triangle lines up with the edge of the square. (again confusing but use pictures!)
Fold the kites in on themselves so that you once again have a square shape.
Place glue on the two outermost flaps and form a cone.
After playing around yesterday the higher the density of your card or paper the stronger the glue you will need. So Snail worked well on the paper flowers as did 2-way glue but for higher density card like Designer Series paper I needed Sticky strip and for the cardstock I whisked out my handy glue gun.
The Origami paper flowers were perfect for hair clips but I think they would be best on a slide or crocodile style clip.
Watch this space for a card design using these pretty flowers.
That one petal complete and you’ll need four more.