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Kusudama Flowers Tutorial

Japanese Kusudama balls are traditionally assembled from real flowers and herbs, and used as incense or pot pourri. A decorative paper version can be created by first folding origami flower petals and gluing them together into flowers, and then assembling 12 flowers into a decorative ball.

But these lovely paper flowers are so versatile and have many uses in addition to assembly into a kusudama ball:

  • Make a single kusudama flower, as shown here, as a lovely place setting, wedding favour, or buttonhole.
  • Add floral wire stems to the bottom of each flower and assemble them into a paper bouquet.
  • Glue 12 flowers together into a full kusudama ball to make a beautiful gift or stunning decor for parties and weddings.

kusudama flowers papercraft tutorial

(You may also recognise the Kusudama flower as the logo for the now-defunct papercraft site, Folding Trees, that I used to run with Eve Henley. With Eve’s agreement, this tutorial is my updated and revised version of the kusudama tutorials she originally posted there.)

This tutorial is Donationware – the instructions are available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:

kusudama flowers papercraft tutorial

Send me a donation and receive the easy-to-print PDF version of the tutorial as a thank you! It includes some additional info that you’ll only find in the PDF version:
– Instructions and tips for adding stems and making a paper bouquet (pictured below)
– Step-by-step instructions for turning 12 flowers into a decorative floral ball (pictured below)

Donations of any size are much appreciated. Just add the amount you wish to donate, and, once you have checked out and paid, your PDF will instantly be available to download from your PlanetJune account.

Make your flowers into a paper bouquet and floral ball (instructions available for any size donation)

The complete instructions for the kusudama flower are available below, regardless of whether or not you choose to pay for them 🙂

This is a PlanetJune original tutorial. Please do not share or reproduce this tutorial; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/kusudama

Kusudama Flower

You will need

  • 5 squares of origami paper per flower (your choice of size; I like to use 2″ or 3″ squares)
  • White craft glue
  • Optional: glue spreader

Instructions

Note: As with all origami, this works best if you strongly crease each fold by running your thumbnail along each fold before moving on to the next step.

Step 1. Start with a square of origami paper. Fold it in half on the diagonal to form a triangle, with the coloured side facing out.

Step 2. Fold the left and right corners up to meet the top point and form a square.

Step 3. Fold the front points out so each outer edge lines up with the edge of the square.

Step 4. Unfold the last fold so the points meet at the top again, then open each side up into a pocket (below, left).Flatten each pocket out along the crease lines you just made, to form a kite shape (below, right).

Step 5. Fold the tip of each kite shape forward along the line of the edge of the paper, to form a triangle.

Step 6. Fold the lower edge of each side up along the existing crease.

Step 7. Add a thin layer of glue along one of the front flaps (shown in blue, below, left), then bend the petal so the front flaps meet and create a petal shape (below, right). Hold in place until the glue dries.

Step 8. Repeat Steps 1-7 four more times, to make a total of five petals.

Step 9. Add a thin layer of glue (shown in blue) along the edge of one side of a petal, then add another petal next to it, so they meet at the centre. Hold in place until the glue dries.

Step 10. Repeat Step 9 for the remaining petals, to complete a 5-petalled flower. (I find it easiest if I first make a two- and a three-petal piece as shown, then glue the two together).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please leave me a comment if you did, and consider leaving me a donation. (The PDF version that you’ll get in return for any size donation also includes instructions for making your flowers into the bouquet and decorative ball.) Thanks!

origami paper kusudama flower bouquet by planetjune

16 Comments »

  1. Edwin Anthony said

    I loooveee it… M so happy I made that… Mail me some such sweet hand craft..

  2. Arpita Das said

    Amazing,I would love to learn more of flower making.I find it very creative and soothing

  3. Janine Williams said

    I live in Spain and run a ladies lunch group raising money for local charities.have seen some origami flowers which I think could be a good ‘fund raiser’
    Would appreciate full details and if you know where to purchase supplies

  4. Linda St-Denis said

    I like you to tell than I like if you to be possible have a site french language I a known not the English language. Thank you. My adresse imail is l.stdenis@yahoo.ca

    • June said

      I’m sorry, Linda, my site and patterns are available in English language only (please see my FAQ for my reasons why).

  5. Leah said

    Thank you so much! I made a bottle vase aswell to put them in! I’m gonna do 6 all together, I’ve on,y done one but they look great! So amazing! Thanks my mum will love them

  6. sourev said

    wow it’s not good but too good.

  7. Cathy Stein said

    This is an awesome origami flower. I lived in Japan for 3 years and learned some origami while I lived there. I will send donation soon. How do you except payment? Email me and let me know. Thank you. Cathy Stein

    • June said

      Cathy, just click the ‘donate’ button above and you can select your donation amount, pay, and then download the PDF version. See my FAQ for details of how to pay.

  8. Kay said

    Love these flowers. Thank you for the tutorial. You are so kind to share your knowledge.

  9. Asha said

    its u gud supper …… its very easy to make … Thank you hw has upload dis …

  10. Stella said

    I love your blog it inspires me to create

  11. tanveer said

    Thank you I was dying to make …
    Finally with your help I made it…

  12. Rebecca Matlock said

    Hi! Thank you so much for posting! Your very talented! Beautiful! I do have a question please. Would it be possible to get instructions through residential mail? I’m disable and also do not have a computer. The only way I’ve used these services are by my phone. I would very much like to learn how! I am in hope’s it will distract me from my health problems. Thank you kindly, Becky

  13. Lynne buddin said

    Thank you
    such simple clear instructions

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