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Origami Ball / Kusudama

Make a modular Kusudama origami ball.

Origami Ball / Kusudama

This is a beautiful Kusudama Ball. If you’ve never done origami before, don’t be scared away. Take your time and you too can accomplish this.

I’m not 100% sure on the time frame. I have never started a project like this and worked it to the end. I usually take a few breaks … chocolate breaks! :)

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Steps

Step #1:

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  • You will need 30 pieces of paper: 15 of one color and 15 of another color
  • I'm going to use double sided paper for my ball. This means there is color on both sides of the paper. Usually one side has color/design and the other is white.
  • I will do the directions in regular paper. Blue and Green.
  • Cut all pieces in half.
  • You should now have 30 pieces of one color and 30 pieces of the other.

Step #2:

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  • Start with one piece of paper. This will be the "flower petal." Make sure you crease the paper really well.
  • Place paper colored side down.
  • Fold in half, per picture #1.
  • Unfold, per picture #2.

Step #3:

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  • Take point at bottom right (A) and fold to center top (B). [Picture #1]
  • Take point at top left (A) and fold to center bottom (B). [Picture #2]
  • Your piece should look like a parallelogram. [Picture #3]

Step #4:

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  • Now we are going to fold the larger triangle in half. Take the top right point (A) and fold to bottom center (B). [Picture #1]
  • Completed. [Picture #2]

Step #5:

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  • This next part can be tricky, so take it slow. Open up your last fold to 90 degrees. You will see there is a little pocket. [Picture #1 and #2]
  • The top point needs to fold down to the center top, closing the pocket. It should make a square. Crease well. [Picture #2]
  • I usually put my finger inside the pocket, pushing down on the paper. This makes the paper open up. Then gently press down on the outside. You will see it forming a square. Make sure the top points are straight and crease.
  • More pictures in next step.

Step #6:

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Here are more pictures from that last step. It can be challenging. Just take your time.

Step #7:

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  • Take top layer and fold top point down to bottom of square. [Picture #1]
  • Unfold the fold you just made. Take the top right side of the paper. Fold diagonally with the edge along the center line. [Picture #2]
  • Fold down/over using the first fold. [Picture #3]

Step #8:

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Now simply "close the book" taking the left point of the square back over to the right. [Picture #1 and #2]

Step #9:

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  • Fold top point down to bottom, similar to previous step. [Picture #1]
  • Unfold.
  • Take top left side and fold down along middle line, similar to what we did before. [Picture #2]
  • Fold down/over like before. [Picture #3]

Step #10:

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  • Take notice of the flap. [Picture #1]
  • Fold so it's standing upright. [Picture #1]
  • You are going to stick your finger in the pocket again to open the pocket and kinda squash the front down. [Picture #2]
  • Make sure it stays centered. You can see the fold line in the back paper. Make sure the point you just made is lined up with that. [Picture #3]

Step #11:

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  • Do the same on the other side.
  • I turn mine over so I'm working in a similar way as before. [Picture #1]
  • When you are finished it should look like this. [Picture #2]
  • I made one more without all the black marks for you to see. [Picture #3]

Step #12:

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  • Now the easy part! This next piece is kinda like a "jacket" for the first piece.
  • Take your other piece of paper. Lay it color side down.
  • Fold in half and unfold — same as before. [Picture #1]
  • This time we are going to fold the top right corner down to the bottom middle. [Picture #2]
  • The other side — fold the bottom left corner to the top middle. [Picture #3]

Step #13:

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  • Unfold both sides.
  • Let's put on the "jacket."
  • Take your first piece and lay it in the center of this piece, kinda at an angle along the fold lines. [Picture #1]
  • Simply tuck in the flaps. [Picture #2 and #3]

Step #14:

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  • Place unit in front of you vertically. [Picture #1]
  • Fold the unit in half. [Picture #2]
  • Fold the top left point down to the lower right side, making a triangle. Make sure to also fold the little tab. [Picture #3]
  • Turn over and do the same to the other side.

Step #15:

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  • Your first piece is finished!
  • Now make 29 more!!

Step #16:

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  • Great Job - you've made 30 total units!
  • I made 3 in the green/blue color combo to show you how to assemble. [Picture #1]
  • I have also made 30 units in the black/red/pink combination (2 color paper) to finish the project. [Picture #2]

Step #17:

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  • Let's Assemble!
  • Take two of your units. Look at picture #1 to show you the pocket and the tab.
  • Take one of your units and place the tab into the pocket of the other one. [Picture #2]
  • Slide the rest of the way in.

Step #18:

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  • We are going to finish the triangle shape by adding the third piece.
  • Lift up tab 1 and slide tab 2 into pocket 3. [Picture #1]
  • Finish the triangle by sliding tab 1 into pocket 5. [Picture #2]
  • Completed triangle. [Picture #3]

Step #19:

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  • I am now going to continue with the black/red/pink units. [Picture #1]
  • You will notice this unit has 3 colors. The red piece has pink on the other side instead of white. This can make for a beautiful ball.

Step #20:

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  • Continue adding units and making triangles. [Picture #1 and #2]
  • Notice the "petals." There should be 5 for each "flower." [Picture #3]
  • Keep going... you're almost there. The ball will begin to form.

Step #21:

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Here are some pictures while it's progressing.

Step #22:

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  • The last few pieces can be tricky - just take your time. Remember: triangle and 5 petals.
  • Completed!
  • Happy Folding!

Conclusion

Have fun and enjoy.


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