As you may have seen from some of my other recent instructables, I am engaged and in the process of planning a wedding with my fiance. We are having an art theme wedding and love to do crafts. I designed some wedding jewelry for the bridal party based on the Kusudama origami flower. Along that theme, my fiance and I wanted to explore other ways to incorporate this design in our wedding. She hasn't decided yet, but may use a kusudama flower ball for her bouquet. While testing this out, I wanted to try hollowing out the flower ball and making either a lighted chandelier or centerpiece for the wedding. The benefit of this design is that the lights would be easily biodegradable, and we could recycle left over scrapbook pages to make them.

Step 1: Folding the Kusudama Flower Petals...Lots of Them!

To make a Kusudama flower ball I needed to make 12 individual kusudama flowers, each with five petals, for a total of 60 petals. I wanted the ball to be pretty big and sturdy, so I opted to recycle a variety of left over scrapbooking pages instead of using origami paper. The scrapbooking pages were thicker and had interesting designs. I used colors that would be in the wedding. They are all shades of green and brown. I cut out 60 paper squares 6 inches by 6 inches from the pages (NOTE: for the chandelier, I should have made them bigger. Next time I plan to make them 8 by 8 or larger to create more space for the light and greater distance between the bulb and the paper).

I will give a quick run down on how to fold the petals, but I've written more detailed instructions in my other instructable on kusudama wedding party jewelry. Take a look for better instructions.

To make a petal I took one 6 by 6 sheet and folded it in half diagonally to make a triangle. I position the triangle with the open angle up (farthest away from me). I then took the two angles of the triangle to the sides and folded them up to the open angle to make a diamond shape. This is represented in the picture above.

<p>This is pretty amazing! </p><p>I've been making kusudamas for a while, but somehow never thought to put a light inside of them. Totally didn't occur to me to cut the ends off to create a hollow!</p><p>I will definately have to try this!</p><p>I agree with the other person here in that it would be interesting to make it out of clear sheeting. Things to try are OHT's (overhead transparancy sheets, the things you use with overhead projectors) and maybe cellophane, since that comes in different colours. Would suck to work with and glue though because of its thin nature and its sensitivity to moisture.</p><p>Could possibly print on an OHT sheet with a colour laser printer to get tinting and shades.</p><p>Good quality tracing paper might be an option too, as it's robust plasticy stuff and though white, it is kinda see through by design. </p><p>Things to try, anyway. :)</p>
I'm going to try making this because its really beautiful. Thank you for the detailed how-to. By the way, your fiance is one of the luckiest women alive! That you are taking the time to make all this for your wedding, and also one for your niece, is thoughtful and amazing. I bet your wedding will be out of this world gorgeous. Keep this up and you two will have a fantastic marriage-Cheers!
<p>looks complicated</p>
Moreso just tedious
<p>this is a great idea.</p>
<p>I love that you used this model for the light; I never thought of cutting the units to make room for something inside. :)</p>
Thanks. I've been experimenting with kusudama designs lately. Its pretty versatile. I'm thinking of making a collection around the design
<p>seems hard to be but really beautiful</p>
<p>Thanks! Overall it's really not too hard, just repetitive. Lots of folding and gluing. </p>
<p>it would have been sooo much cooler if you used clear origami paper to make the kusadama flowers</p>
<p>Give it a try. I'd love to see the results.</p>
This is so pretty. I was thinking of making something like this. Thank you for sharing.
<p>Give it a try. Its not hard, just time consuming</p>
<p>Its so attractive!</p>

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