Making an Origami Kusudama Blossom


When you learn how to fold origami flowers, you will definitely want to add a kusudama flower to your list of projects. This beautiful flower is relatively easy to fold, but it is sure to impress all your friends. Kusudama origami consists of several equally folded blocks that are glued or sewn together to form a spherical shape. Kusudama is often considered the forerunner of the modern genre of modular origami.

To make a kusudama flower, you can use origami paper, paper for clippings or a calendar cut according to your desire. Larger paper makes larger petals, which gives the flower a more spectacular appearance. Mix and match patterns to get an artistic effect or make all the petals of the same solid color if you want your flower to look as realistic as possible.

Children aged 6 years and older should be able to fold kusudama petals with a little practice, but most likely they will need the help of matures to make a finished flower. If you are folding this model together with a child, use large squares measuring 6 by 6 inches to make it easier for small hands to work with the project. You can also make a kusudama flower out of money.
Funny fact

The Japanese word “kusudama” does not refer to a flower at all — it translates as “healing ball”.

What you will need
Equipment / Tools

Paper clips (optional)


6 sheets of square paper


Form a triangle

Put the paper in front of you with the back side up. Fold it diagonally to make a triangle. In origami, this is sometimes called a shawl fold, a diaper fold, or a triangular fold. This is a simple database that is used to develop many different types of projects.

Make a square

Fold the left and right corners to the middle to make a square. In origami, this shape is called the base of the helmet.
The Council

Do not forget to make clear folds to make the most beautiful origami kusudama flower.

Fold the corners down

Fold the left and right corners down so that they coincide with the edge of the paper.

Straighten the valves

Straighten the valves that you created in the previous step. In origami, this is called a squash-shaped fold. Smoothing paper without creasing requires some practice; however, the squash crease is one of the most important in origami to know, as it is used in everything from origami flowers to origami postcards. Fold the upper triangles down.

Create your own Kusudama Flower petals

Fold the left corner so that it coincides with the first side fold. Repeat with the right corner. Carefully glue the petals of your flower together. Repeat until you have a total of six flower petals. When you’re done, compare the flower petals to make sure they’re all exactly the same size and shape.

Complete your Kusudama Origami flower

Glue the petals together to make your origami kusudama flower. For best results, use an adhesive pencil or liquid needlework glue and let each joint dry before continuing. If you have any problems, use paper clips in the middle of the petals to hold the flower together until all the glue is dry.

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If you want to add a little extra decoration to your kusudama flower, consider attaching a button, a clipping band or a rhinestone to the center. If you make a wire loop and thread a button through it, you can use the extra wire to attach your flower to a bow on a beautifully wrapped package.

Creating a Kusudama Ball

If desired, you can fold 12 flowers and glue them together to make one big origami kusudama ball.

Making an origami bouquet

One origami kusudama flower is good on its own, but kusudama flowers can also be added to origami bouquets to create beautiful flower arrangements for weddings and other special occasions.

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