A pretty kusudama flower can be made by folding five or six square pieces of paper. If you make twelve flowers, they can be assembled into a beautiful kusudama ball. Even if you use colorful sticky notes, the result is very impressive and can be used for decorative purposes or even worn as a temporary brooch.
Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally. It should now look like a triangle.
Fold the triangle’s bottom two corners of up to its point. You should now have formed a square.
Fold each previous fold backwards halfway. The back-folded back edges should line up with the edges of the “square” underneath.
Expand the triangles you folded in the previous step. Lift one side triangle, insert a finger to open the pocket inside, and re-flatten it along the crease so that it is expanded into a diamond. Repeat on the other side. If you’re feeling confused, take a look at the image for further guidance. Turn the paper over.
Tuck in the triangular point sticking out on the left side. If you open the left area of the folded paper slightly, you’ll see that, underneath the top sheet of paper, there’s a fold that half-covers the diamond underneath. Simply fold the point of the diamond into the body of the shape below the piece of paper that is half-covering it.
Repeat with the triangular point on the right side.
Turn the paper over again.
Fold the left- and rightmost corners inward along the creases that already exist. The resulting outline should once again be a square.
Glue the top of the folded flaps where indicated by the image. Using a glue stick may be a good idea because it dries so quickly, but you can also use white liquid glue as shown here.
Bring the folded flaps together, fastening them in place. Squeeze the flaps together so that the glue takes, then pinch the creases together tightly so that the folds protruding into the cone stay somewhat centered. To hold the glued pieces together, secure them with a paperclip.
Make four more of these.
Apply glue to the central seam of each piece. This seam is where the folded edges meet (where they were glued together previously). Spread out the glue so that the centers of the pieces can stick together securely. Begin pressing the pieces together. The five cones will make the Kusudama flower’s five petals.
Continue adding pieces until you’ve assembled the entire flower. Glue everything together in a circular formation.
Use paperclips to hold the petals together.
Wait for the glue to dry completely before removing the paperclips. Otherwise, the petals risk slipping apart.
Make sure your folds are sharp, precise, and crisp. It will give the finished item a clean look.
Don’t use too much glue, it would probably look best to use clear glue.
Choose nice bright colors.
Make sure that the edges on the square are all even so there are no problems with over laps.
You should first ready all 5 pieces papers. Do it on first one, then on all five. It will be faster.
Make 12 of these and glue them into a traditional Kusudama sphere.
Stick a pipe cleaner into the bottom of the flower for a colorful stem.
Try waiting for the glue to become less wet before trying to stick the petals together.
Make even bigger flowers by getting bigger paper.
A glue gun works well.
Make a lot of the flowers and try putting them into a bouquet.
Try adding more and more petals to make it look even fancier.
You may find that rubber cement or especially ‘Krazy’ glue dries more quickly (but is harder to work with).
Experiment with a variety of patterned, coordinated paper for colourful results. (See the recently made images for some ideas and examples.
Sticky notes can be difficult to work with (because the folds will stick together).
Use a cover over your workspace, as it can get messy.
Watch out for paper cuts!
Things You’ll Need
5 pieces of square paper (for example, Sticky Notes)
Glue (white liquid or stick)
How to Make Origami
How to Make a Kusudama Ball
How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog
How to Make an Origami Flapping Bird
How to Make Origami Paper Claws
How to Assemble a Senbazuru
How to Make an Origami Dog Face
How to Fold an Origami Star (Shuriken)
How to Fold Paper Flowers
How to Make a Bouquet of Colourful Flowers out of Plain White Flowers
Sources and Citations
The Peace of Paper – Research source