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This is a very impressive looking Origami Kusudama
Create a beautiful kusudama that will receive many "wowzers".

Posted by Lanie V. from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • Published See Lanie V.'s 85 projects »
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  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 1
    Step 1

    I'm using two sided origami paper to make ONE PIECE of the Kusudama. Purple on one side, grey on the other. To make the complete project you will need 36 pieces of paper measuring 3 inches by 3 inches square. All 36 units will be folded the same way. Once you learn how to fold ONE PIECE, you will be able to make the full project. Let's begin:
    Take your square, and fold in half as shown.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now, unfold it, and fold the other way as shown. :)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Okay...unfold again, then fold diagonally as shown.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Unfold again. Turn over paper, and fold diagonally with the other two remaining corners. The grey side is shown now, with the purple on the inside.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Unfold...with the grey side of the paper facing up, place your finger at the centre point of the paper, and press down. This should make the paper square "pop-up".

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Grasp two of the diagonal corners as shown...

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then slowly bring in the other two sides as shown.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Okay...this is what you should have now. :)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Lay flat, so it looks like a small purple square on your table. Focus on one tab as shown and create a flute shape (refer to diagram), and press down flat.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 10
    Step 10

    Once you've pressed the paper down, your unit should look like this. Repeat this step for the remaining 3 sides.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Okay, once the back side is folded, your unit looks like this.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Turn the flap over on both sides so that it the one solid color on both sides as shown in the diagram.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 13
    Step 13

    Fold down the left flap toward the centre line, then the right side.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 14
    Step 14

    This is what your unit should look like now.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold the flap down as shown in the diagram. Do the same for the remaining 3 sides.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 16
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    This is what your unit should look like now. :)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 17
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    Here is the top view of what it should look like.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 18
    Step 18

    Now...you're going to love this....gently unfold your work...yup!

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 19
    Step 19

    Place your index finger over the pointed center tip and press down. This will "pop" the corners of the unit up.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now...pay attention....lets work on one of the four corners. Look at the diagram. Do you see where my thumb and pointer fingers are placed? Pull back those sections behind the first corner of your unit...

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 21
    Step 21

    Fold over the left flap of the "corner" towards the centre line. This should be easy to do as we have already made all of the "pre-fold" work in steps 1-17.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 22
    Step 22

    Now fold over the other flap towards the centre line as shown.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold flap down as shown.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 24
    Step 24

    Now work on the second corner in exactly the same manner.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 25
    Step 25

    After completing the second corner, this is what you should have now. Lets work on the third corner...

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 26
    Step 26

    Now we have completed the third corner. Look to the next diagram.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 27
    Step 27

    To complete the fourth corner, you have to spread out the 3 completed corners to give your fingers room to complete the fourth.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 28
    Step 28

    Now we just tuck in the fourth flap. This will hold secure the entire unit. :)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 29
    Step 29

    Here is the top view of your completed unit. Look to the next diagram....

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 30
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    Here is what your unit looks like from the side.....Now...you have to make 35 more units for a grand total of 36!

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 31
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    Sorry for the colour change...I had a personal request for a red/gold colour combo. Here are my 36 completed units. :))

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 32
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    Now this is where you get out your needle and thread. Insert your needle a few centimetres from the tip as shown. Make sure you keep your needle straight.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 33
    Step 33

    Push it down the length of the thread. Leave a long tail of thread. Thread on a total of six units.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 34
    Step 34

    Here's what you should have thus far...

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 35
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    Loosely tie a knot. This will create a circle of units. Make sure you tie it about 3 times for sturdiness. You need to make a total of six groups of these. :)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 36
    Step 36

    Here are my 6 groups containing six units each which by the way make 36 units! Now we are going to put the whole thing together...won't be long now...promise!

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 37
    Step 37

    Okay...take ONE group, and plop it down in front of you....you will need to centre it on a very very long piece of string.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 38
    Step 38

    Grab the next grouping, and place on top of the first group, making sure that there are 3 units on each side of the string. Bring the long string up from the bottom of the fist unit and tie a gentle knot. Keep layering in this manner...

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 39
    Step 39

    Once all six groups are added, use the string and start wrapping the ball tighter. This will create the uniformity of the ball. Tie into a final knot, and snip excess!

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Here's The Venus! - Step 40
    Step 40

    Congrats! You did it! I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!

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teresa.moorman.12
teresa.moorman.12
BEAUTIFUL,,,,,i love it, thank you so much for sharing this, its just great!!!
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Luqsnat
Luqsnat · 1 project
Nice one dear, i‘m gonna make soon. Bravo! u did a great job mehnn.
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Vandana J.
Vandana J. · Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN · 19 projects
its nice...
i like your how to ...
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Skullgirl666
Skullgirl666 · West Molesey, England, GB · 11 projects
Whoa - this must take exceptional patience! It's beautiful Happy
I would love to try this out but don't know if I could handle it ;)
SGx
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Happy I HAVE to make this!!!
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