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.

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

 

 3 – next, and I hope that isn’t too hard to follow, you need to fold back the top layer outwards on both sides.
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.
 
5.  Nearly there, now fold the outside edges in half again, so you should have something that resembles the picture below.

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’.

 

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.

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.

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Enjoy!

 

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