Origami Kusudama Flower Balls

Origami –  how difficult is it? Fold a piece of paper to form a peak, and you have a mountain fold. Fold it the opposite direction, and you have a valley fold. Make a couple of folds, then open them up a bit and squash them, and you have – tada – a squash fold.

Its just mountains and valleys…. How hard could it be?
– Unknown –

My youngest daughter has been making origami Kusudama flower balls. I asked her to teach me how.

We started with a trip to a Hobby Lobby to buy a package of 12 inch by 12 inch patterned paper, a stick of super sticky glue (double sided clear tape or a glue gun would work too), and some  long paper clips.

I would have bought a paper cutter if I didn’t already have one, because each sheet of 12 inch paper had to be cut into four 6 inch by 6 inch squares. If I had wanted smaller flowers, I could have cut the paper into smaller squares. For the project I had in mind, I needed to make 24 flowers. 5 petals per flower. 120 squares of paper.

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There are many websites and YouTube videos that explain how to fold each flower petal, but I’ll fast forward through that rather tedious process so I can display the flowers themselves. The photo above shows some of the petals in various stages of being joined to create a finished flower (which is the one in the centre of the photo.)

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In the photo above, I’m almost finished one half of a Kusudama Ball. Six flowers form half a ball. I used the paper clips to hold the glued sections together until the glue dried.

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Once the half ball was finished, I attached it to a thick piece of black cardboard and mounted it in a frame.

I could have joined two half balls and made a full ball to hang from the ceiling.

The boredom of making 120 petals was relieved somewhat by the variety of papers I chose. If they had all been one colour, or solid colours, I might have abandoned the project!

I don’t suppose any of you have some half finished projects that were simply too boring to finish?!

I was going to start an origami business but was afraid it would fold.
– Unknown –

Those pics are paper-view…
– storm avoider –

20 thoughts on “Origami Kusudama Flower Balls

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! I’ve never seen kusudama flowers. Love the choice of black and white, too.


    1. I’m decorating a black and white guest bedroom – the patterns were perfect!
      Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope the flowers took your mind off other things…


  2. They look lovely, and I really like the choice of paper/patterns.


    1. The paper manufacturers sure know how to put together great selections! I have a book of Christmas papers too, which will be fun to work with this winter.


      1. One of my favourite things to do is browse round the craft paper or stationery department of a shop. 🙂


  3. I was going to tell you how impressed I was with your beautiful work, but then you hit me with that awful pun, so I won’t.


  4. What a beautiful project! I would love to see what you make with Xmas paper. I have never tried origami – maybe I will now.


  5. Those pics are paper-view( cuz y’all seem to like puns). What an innovative way to decorate your guest room.


    1. Paper-view! Wonderful – I’ll have to add that one to my list of best all time puns!


  6. Hi.

    Congratulations for your youngest daughter making so skillful Kusudama flower balls. Here in my country we love to make
    3D Origami.


    1. I hadn’t seen that kind of origami before. I’ll send the link to my daughter. Thanks for the links – they all add another dimension of interest to my blog!

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