Tutorial Origami kusudama flowers

Time to make some great origami flowers. I’ve just made a couple of flowers and each one is made up of 5 pieces of paper trimmed down to 10cm x 10cm square.  The bigger your square of paper the bigger your flower will end up. You need a good glue for this and some paperclips come in handy.

I’m doing some step by step photos for you and rather than using the patterned paper have used a plain piece of cardstock as I think that makes it easier to see the steps:

1 – fold your piece of paper in half – I’m using a bone folder so that the folds get a firm crease.

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2 – fold one diagonal into the centre and repeat with the other side.

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 3 – next, and I hope that isn’t too hard to follow, you need to fold back the top layer outwards on both sides.
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4 – open up the  triangles you have just made and now flatten them out and then the outside pointy bits, you need to tuck those into themselves.
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5.  Nearly there, now fold the outside edges in half again, so you should have something that resembles the picture below.
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6 – stick the outside flaps and then bring the edges together, and all being well, you end up with the same thing as in the second picture, one ‘petal’.

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I have used five petals to make a flower, you can make them tighter and use six (and if you like folding!).  As the glue ‘sets’ I use some paperclips to hold the folds and petals together.  A glue gun comes in handy for this.

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And here you have it, the final result of 5 petals all glued together.  You can turn them into a flower bauble and to do this you will need around 12 flowers and some ribbon. 20120928_215318

And here’s one I made a while ago…
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Enjoy!

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