How to Fold a Japanese Paper Ball (Kusudama)

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Introduction: How to Fold a Japanese Paper Ball (Kusudama)

Learn how to fold a beautiful Japanese paper ball (Kusudama). Paper balls make excellent decorations or Christmas tree ornaments.

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    Im having issues with the end of it. I have tucked... and folded in every possible way and it doesn't look anything like the end of the video. I did find a way to end up with four yellow visble sections and 4 white alternating... but they don't look like a petal as it does in the video. can anyone explain in detail whats going on in the end of the video.... I really wanna make one of these.

    i made one as a mid term project, very relaxing =) but for some reason mine took around 46, dunno why.. anyhoo i gave it to my nan for her bithday and she hung it up with thin string, so if the light shines on it, it looks like its just floating =)

    I like the look of this, and would like to try it, but am I the only one who does not get the final third of the video?  It just gets to the unfold bit and then cuts out.

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     hhaha i made one... hahah.. i get my nerve freak out. hahhaha but i made it hahahahahaha

    These can be extremely beautiful and longer lasting if you make them out of fabric. Just starch the fabric first before folding

    you keep covering the pictures i can't see anything that your doing'

    jeez man no offense but no one will be able to do this cause the last step in folding can not be seen

    i know that you've gotten a lot of comments about this, but it really is a problem... your hands just make it too hard to figure out what you are doing in the last two steps, I got the whole way without any problems, until you unfolded it. great ible though

    I was right with you until the last part when you fold in and tuck...your fingers are in the way and I just cannot figure out what you did

    im gonna start now! il post a pic when im done (might be a while lol =P)

    Thank you for the instructions, I am going to start folding, hope that I can make it

    I hate glue as well. I find it a pain to wait for it to dry, and it's too messy. I just use hot glue instead, it takes less than a minute to harden and it's much cleaner than ordinary glue.

    This is awesome, however I don't think I could find the time to fold 36 of these lol.

    I've been making Kusudama to give as ornaments using a different fold for the flowers. I absolutely love this fold, you can really use it alone as well! Great Job :)

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    I've seen lots of different kinds of Kusudama patterns :) I think this is one of the more "standard" ones.