This ‘Kusudama’ is one of the most simple variety and is really very easy to make. However, once again, for those ‘die-hard’ Origamists who insist there should be no use of anything other than paper – Sad News! This model does require the use of glue in order to create the ‘flowers’ and the ‘globe’ in totality.
I have used a ribbon to add a nice lil touch to this model. The kusudama’s size can be enlarged by increasing the number of floral units you are making.
What you need:
60 sheets (small sized) of approx 5″, square shaped, of paper. Regular ‘Post-It’ Size would do, too.
A Piece of Ribbon (optional)
A glue stick to attach the petals
How to go about it:
In this particular model, I have used just 12 floral units of varying color. One needs to make each of these floral units seperately and then glue them together. Each floral unit is further made up of 5 individual ‘petals’.
Each of these petals need to be folded first, that is 5, for a sinlge floral unit. Hence, in reality u are making 60 ‘petals’ initially and then taking 5 at a time, from this lot, and making 1 floral unit.
I found this handy video on YouTube.com which I thought was pretty good to follow and fold the model.
Putting it all together:
For stringing the ribbon through, when you have glued the first 6 floral units, you should ‘thread’ the fine ribbon though the centre portion of the “middle” flower. Then you can proceed to glue together the rest. When you reach the point where you have to glue in place the “middle” flower for the bottom of the globe, thread the ribbon though the flower’s centre and pull it out from the other end. You can keep it longer at the base and curl the end. You can also attach multiple ribbon pieces to the base of the kusudama and then curl them.
I agree that this takes up sometime, and requires patience. But as you can see, the end result is quite something!