Introduction: Kusudama Flower Bouquet
Have you been wanting to find a more original and cheaper substitute for live flowers at your wedding (or just around your house)? Well this for you! Not only does it look great, you don't need to water it. Plus, it won't wilt and die!
Before you get started though, be aware that this is a VERY time consuming project.
Let's get started.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
1.) Squares of paper, I used 1/4 of a regular sheet of origami paper (most patterned paper will do! You can get this from a craft store such as Michaels)
2.) Wooden Dowel Rods or Skewers
3.) Craft Glue
4.) Paper Clips
5.) A Large Foam Ball
6.) Floral Tape (optional)
Step 2: Fold Your Modules
1. Begin with a perfectly square piece of paper …
… and (if the sides aren’t the same colors) place it pattern/color side down on the table.
2. Fold corner to corner, and crease firmly.
3. With the open end facing away from you, take both bottom corners of the “triangle” and bring them up to the top-center point creating a “diamond” shape.
4. Fold the center edges (both sides of the paper that meet in the middle of the diamond) in half to meet the outer edges, creating points that protrude from the diamond to the right and left sides.
5. Open these folds completely, and “smush” at the middle fold to flatten out what should now look like two awkwardly shaped diamonds on top of your squatty square-diamond.
6. Bring the top points of your outer diamonds down “into” your fold and crease until it is level with the rest of your paper.
7. Fold the outer edges both back in on themselves.
8. Now you should be able to bring the edge folds together to touch each other in the middle, creating a loop of paper, that you’ll soon discover looks like a flower petal.
…place a line of glue on one of the inner folds, and then paperclip together while it dries.
This is one out of five petals modules you will need for each flower. Repeat steps 1-8 to create the other four petals.
Step 3: Assemble the Modules
Once your individual modules are relatively dry, you can glue five of them together, using paperclips as you go.
Once you have two to three of the petals glued together and semi-dry, you can squeeze a line of glue down the center of the petals, and place in a wooden dowel.
After you place the dowel, add the rest of the modules and secure them to one another with paper clips.
Once all of the petals are glued to the dowel, you should have a flower!
Step 4: Cover Your Foam Ball
Once you have enough flowers to cover your foam ball, you may start inserting them into it.
Make sure that you densely pack the flowers on the ball, any foam that ends up showing will ruin the effect.
Step 5: Create a Stem (optional)
For a stem, take your remaining dowels and stick them into the foam ball where you think a stem would be. (They should all be in the same area.)
Wrap the dowels with floral tape to be sure that they stay together. If you would like you can add a ribbon, bow or whatever else might suit your fancy.
There you have it, a kusudama flower bouquet.