Japanese Brocade (Design by Ishibashi Minako)

Japanese Brocade (Design by Ishibashi Minako)
Japanese Brocade (Design by Ishibashi Minako)

This “Japanese Brocade” created by Ishibashi Minako, is also known as the ‘Ishibashi Ball’. It is a pretty little pattern that requires only 6 sheets of paper or varying colors.

It is folded as a variation of the Sonobe unit and can make pretty decorations for the home…

What kind of Paper to use:
6 square sheets of paper is all what you need. You can use printed or patterned paper or Origami paper of an appropriate size.

In the image attached to this post, I have used 6” square sheets of paper of 3 colors; that makes 2 sheets of each.

If you are planning to use wrapping paper for this model, it is advisable to avoid the “foil variety” as it will make t very difficult to keep in place.

How to fold this model:
YouTube.com has multiple videos on folding this model. Contributors have uploaded videos using both – solid colored sheets as well as patterned sheets. Folding time taken is around 10 minutes. This is one good instructional video which I founds pretty easy to follow; it is by Kevinsorigami.

Kusudama Venus – Paper Ball

Paper Ball Kusudama
Kusudama Venus

This model looks very dainty and intricate when you first look at it, but in reality, is very quick to fold!

This floral kusudama is a popular sight on YouTube.com’sPaper Ball Kusudama – as well as on many other Origami-related websites. I think almost everyone who is into Origami has tried this one out!

Here, smaller the paper size you use, the prettier will be your final model! So, here’s where all those bits of gaily patterned wrapping paper or even varied colored Post-it notes come in real handy.

What you need:

36 sheets of square shaped paper of your choice. I have used the readily available (yeah, I did buy an enormous pack) Post-Its to fold this model.

A needle and thread to connect all the units into a globe

Tasseled String for decorative Purposes – (optional)

How to Fold this Model:

A video on YouTube.com explains how to fold a unit of this model. This is a 5 part video (short videos) which explain the folds as well how to attach the 36 units you make in the end.

Putting it all together:

Once you have folded your 36 units required for this paper ball, divide them into the following groups:

A. 1 unit for the top –centre
B. 6 units for the first row
C. 11 units for the second row
D. Another 11 units for the third row
E. 6 more units for the fourth row
F. The last unit for the bottom –centre

String or thread a needle gently through the bottom tip of the single top – centre unit. After this, string it though the bottom tips of the next 6 units, thereby completing (A) and (B) above. Proceed to separately string together (C), (D), (E) and (F). Once you are at this stage, gently and carefully group (A), (B) and (C) as one hemisphere of the paper ball. Similarly for (D), (E) and (F). Then, pull these two hemispheres together, keeping in mind to tie the threads at the centre of the paper ball when the hemispheres are brought close together.

Once you have tied it firmly, carefully wriggle the 2 groups’ threads / string to the opposite ends and pull gently, yet firmly.

The paper ball should remain in shape (spherical) this way. Once done, you can adjust the units properly, if required.

Origami Rabbit (By Hideaki Sakata)

This is a 2-part post of “How to fold an Origami Rabbit“, and is aimed at helping readers to fold this model, by following the steps in a video.

This model is from the book Origami, by Hideaki Sakata

What you need:

A square shaped paper of size 6″ or slightly larger. The size of the paper would invariably depend on the size you would like the final model to be. One can get origami paper which is of varying sizes on Amazon or any craft shop.

Part – 1:

The first part or step in this, would be to fold the ‘Rabbit Base’. The Rabbit Base is used as a ‘precursor’ or base fold to many models such as different type of Birds, Swans and Rabbits as well.

How to fold this Rabbit Base:

I have prepared an ‘easy to follow’ home video on folding the Rabbit Base. Please click on the “Play” button on the video below to view.


The second part details how to go about folding a Rabbit, once you already have the ‘Rabbit Base’ folded.

Electra! (Design by Dave Mitchell)

Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)
Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)

This imaginative kusudama, designed by Dave Mitchell, requires just paper and patience! One needs to use paper of a smaller size and I have seen that regular ‘Post It Note’ sizes are just perfect. One can use an array of colors to fold an Electra and ‘interlocking’ these to make a ‘globe’ is real easy too.

Origami base to start off:

It starts off with a simple ‘waterbomb’ base, and can make use of a single color of paper too.

What you need:

60 pieces or rather sheets of paper. I have used Post – its to create this model. These are square shaped of size approx 5 inches or so.

Here’s how you do it:

I have found this video on Youtube.com by Cabulete, which clearly depicts how to fold an Electra. In it, they have used a paper size of 5″ or so.

Putting it together / Technique:

Try to connect different colored units together to add ‘variety’ to the color in the model. One should remember that the design consists of a “star” shape, connected to a “triangle’ shape. This alternating pattern is to be followed throughout the design and comes in really handy when checking up on whether you are going the right way.

Enjoy folding!

Floral Kusudama

Floral Kusudama
Floral Kusudama

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!