Picture of Kusudama Light (Chandelier/Centerpiece)

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!

Picture of 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.

ndgirlone5 months ago
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!

looks complicated

boddhi15 (author)  Tinyshoetime1 year ago
Moreso just tedious
Wanderer421 year ago

this is a great idea.

boddhi15 (author)  Wanderer421 year ago

I love that you used this model for the light; I never thought of cutting the units to make room for something inside. :)

boddhi15 (author)  watchmeflyy1 year ago
Thanks. I've been experimenting with kusudama designs lately. Its pretty versatile. I'm thinking of making a collection around the design
sobeeya1 year ago

seems hard to be but really beautiful

boddhi15 (author)  sobeeya1 year ago

Thanks! Overall it's really not too hard, just repetitive. Lots of folding and gluing.

it would have been sooo much cooler if you used clear origami paper to make the kusadama flowers

boddhi15 (author)  Noble_Knight1 year ago

Give it a try. I'd love to see the results.

tofugami1 year ago
This is so pretty. I was thinking of making something like this. Thank you for sharing.
boddhi15 (author)  tofugami1 year ago

Give it a try. Its not hard, just time consuming

Bhawya1 year ago

Its so attractive!

boddhi15 (author)  Bhawya1 year ago
yaonya1 year ago