Years ago, we had a visitor from Japan who gave us a kusudama flower she had been discreetly making during her stay here. It was simply beautiful. Over a period of several months, she had been quietly cutting, folding and assembling pieces of newspaper in her room whenever she had some spare time. That meant folding 60 petals, assembled into twelve flowers, to create a ball-like shape referred to as kusudama. She also added a touch of watercolour paint to the edges, using one of those cool Japanese water brushes. You can see a photo of the flower at the end of this post.
This project involves making just one component with 5 petals, as pictured above. However, if you’re feeling inspired…
- 5 sheets of origami paper or other paper cut into squares
- pencil, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, if cutting your own paper
- glue or double sided tape/scissors
For information about origami history and folding tips, have a look here. For information about symbols and basic techniques, click here.
Origami Flower Instructions
1. Begin with white side up, if using traditional origami paper. This sheet had colour on both sides.
2. Valley fold paper in half diagonally.
3. Valley fold one side to line up with the upper point of the triangle.
4. Repeat on the other side. You will now have a square.
5. Take one of those points and fold it down, so the edge aligns with the side of the square.
6. Repeat on the other side.
7. Unfold and open up one side. Flatten and crease well.
8. Repeat on the other side.
9.Valley fold the top part down to make a small triangle, making sure the point aligns with the centre crease.
10. Repeat on the other side.
11. Valley fold one side in half, along the existing crease.
12. Repeat on the other side.
12. Apply glue or double sided tape to the outside of one of these folds. To make the petal shape, curl the paper inwards and join both sides together, making sure to align the edges. You have now completed one petal, and will need five of these to make one flower.
13. Apply glue or double sided tape along one of the outside edges of the petal. Press against the edge of another petal, making sure the top and bottom are properly aligned. Continue until all five petals are attached. If you decide to make a kusudama flower, you will need to make 12 more of these smaller flowers.
Here is a photo of the lovely kusudama flower I mentioned earlier: