M.Y.O Kusudama Tutorial

kusudama

The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper ball made out of multiple identical origami shapes glued together. They were traditionally used as a ball for incense or potpourri but now we see them more for decoration or as a gift. Today, we will be using old magazine pagesmake our own kusudama.

 

Materials
Old Magazines
Strong paper glue

 

Step 1.

Prepare 5-6 pieces of old magazine pages cut into 15 x 15 cm squares.

Old magazine paper in squares

 

Step 2.

Fold the square paper into a half triangle.

Half triangle

 

Step 3.

 

Fold the two creased corners down to create a smaller square.

smaller square

 

Step 4.

Fold the two triangular flaps in half, open these flaps up, then re-fold them flat, so that the inner crease created in the previous step falls to the outside.

step4

 

Step 5.

Fold the triangular flaps in half inward.

step5

 

Step 6.

The final shape of the paper after these six folds will be a square.

step6

 

Step 7.

Roll the square into a cone and glue the sides. Make 5 of these.

step7

 

Step 8.

Glue the 5 cone together to form a 5 petal kusudama.

step8

 

Finally, our own kusudama flower.

kusudama

You can place them around your home to beautify the surrounding.

Tip: You may want to drop a few drops of essential oil into the petals to fill up the home with some nice fragrance.