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.