Sunday, August 12, 2012

Origami Kusudama Ornament Tutorial

I am super excited to share this darling ornament today! My friend Elizabeth taught me how to do this.  It is a time consuming project, but it is super cute!  My dad saw it and said "I would hang that on my Christmas tree".  That's when I knew that this was a pretty good project.  Here's a close up:

Ok, now on to the tutorial.  The first step is to cut 60 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.  The square in the pictures that will follow is 3x3, because I really wanted you to be able to see each fold.  Here's what the paper looks like that I chose:

The next step is to fold this piece of paper in half:

Next you will fold the two corners up to the top:

The next step is kind of tricky.  You will take one of the wings that you have created and open it up and then fold it down.  Repeat on the other wing, so that it looks like this:

Then you will fold down the tops of the outside triangles:

Then you fold the two side triangles in half:

Then you'll hot glue the two sides together to make these cone shapes:

Then you will need to glue 5 petals together to make a flower.  It'll look like this:

  You will need to make 12 flowers total.

The next step is to glue the flower in groups of four like the picture above.  You will have three flower clumps.  The next step is to hot glue the three clumps together.  Here is one more view of my ornament:


  1. Love it! I wouldn't have the patience for it. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  2. Very cool, you put a lot of work into those instructions too! Thanks for the post. Caught you on Inspire Me Monday hop
    ATA Girls

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your ornament at the All Star Block Party features this week. Stop by and grab your button.


  4. This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it! I'm you're newest follower! Come by and visit sometime! I'd love to be buddies!

  5. What a gorgeous ornament - love it Ashley!
    Like Holly, I wouldn't have the patience for it - but wish I did - would love to make these in sparkly paper for xmas time

  6. Wow, that's really beautiful! Liz

  7. This is very pretty - I've made a few, and I know the time and folding that goes into making these! Nice job!

  8. Just gorgeous! I've seen these around - and I'm definitely going to try them myself sometime!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. So beautiful! That looks like a lot of work - nice job!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime's TIOT party!

  10. I just love this and think it would be great above the doors for Christmas time! I've never seen anything like it so thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    And thanks as well for stopping by Teagan's Travels Destination: Inspiration linky party. I so hope you'll be back this Tuesday.

    Blessings, Michelle

  11. It really is gorgeous. Dad is right!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  12. Wow that is amazing you are so creative with paper!Thanks for sharing at I Freakin did it Friday

  13. This is beautiful! Wow! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

  14. This is gorgeous! I've booked marked you so I will be TRYING to do it. Ha, I've got so little patience.

  15. Wow that is beautiful. I wish I had the patience to make something as lovely. Thanks for linking up to Flashback Friday Blogshare