This year I delved into the world of origami after stumbling across the beautiful Kusadama ball. If you’re not particular skilled at origami like me (I often find all those crazy manipulations very difficult to master) then this project is just for you. Made up of modular units the Kusudama ball is pretty easy going, consisting of a few simple folds and plenty of glue gun fun. Each flower is made from 5 petals (each one made individually).
You can find a wonderful tutorial on the basic petal construction here courtesy of Folding Trees. If you don’t want to invest in fancy origami paper simly grab a magazine or newpaper out of the rack and cut yourself some squares, they can be any size you like. Often starting bigger is better then once you master the folds take the size down to produce sweet little petals. You can be as creative as you like with your media – infact I am hoping to get hold of some sheet music which I think would look absolutely amazing!
Each flower uses 5 pieces of paper and once you’ve made yourself 12 flowers (in total 60 pieces of paper) now comes the fun part of assembling them. You can really cet creative here and embellish each flower centre with a button or bead.
Again courtesy of Folding trees here is the second tutorial on how to assemble your ball.
For my ball I shamefully butchered an old paper back which I was unlikley to read again (one of those £2.00 pulp fictions from the Works so I didn’t feel too bad about it – plus it give is a bit of character. This one was a trashy Vampire novel so you could say it’s a gothic inspired ball, and if you look close you might get a nice snippet about some fang action hehe).
Kusudama ball made by recycling an old book, embellished with an assortment of metal buttons.
For the hanger I made a crochet chain of around 30-40cm (see how I still managed to sneak a wee bit of crochet in there) – looped the top and then added a few matching buttons to the bottom of the strand. I love the metal buttons used at the centre of the flowers I think they finish off this vampire story inspired Kusudam ball perfectly.
This ball was a hot topic of my craft club last night and so next month’s session is set to be a master class in paper folding, I will be sure to post all the gorgeous creations my fellow crafters come up with next month.
Once again happy crafting…enjoy!