How to Fold a Flower Origami Ball: Kusudama (Part 1)

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Kusudama is a form of origami, using the same pieces of origami units to form it to the shape of a ball. The finished piece is used for decoration, and can also be a gift for a friend! There are many different types used, this article is a step by step guide to show you how to make a flower origami unit (part 1).

Things You'll Need

  • 5 square pieces of paper (3cm x 3cm each)
  • glue
  • Fold the paper in half, creating a triangle.

  • Take the sides and fold them upwards going towards the top of the triangle, it should look like a square now.

  • Take the piece you just folded and fold it down to the edge of the square.

  • With the fold you've just created, lift it up, then press it down (see next picture).

  • Fold a smaller triangle with the flap you've created on both sides.

  • Fold the piece on the side half way on both sides.

  • Apply glue on one side of the petal, stick it to the other side, creating the first petal.

  • Make four more petals.

  • Glue them together to form an origami flower.

  • To create the flower kusudama, see the second part (found in Resource Tab)

Tips & Warnings

  • Always allow glue to dry completely.
  • Get ready to make 12 more flowers for the kusudama unit!
  • Read the tutorial on Part 2 to learn the complete kusudama.

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