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Origami Kusudama Flower by Carla Bagshaw

These beautiful Kusudama flowers are simple and effective. You can add several together to make a wonderful bouquet if you want to take the project further, adding different colors to blend.

  • Papercraft and Scrapbooking
  • < 1 hour
  • Intermediate

You Will Need:

  • Five square sheets of paper (120gsm or less) at least 9 x 9 cm to begin with.
  • Score Tool (useful but not essential)
  • Glue (PVA)


  1. Take your first square of paper and fold the square corner to corner diagonally and crease the fold well (this is where the score tool comes in handy, but your fingernail will do just as well) With the point of the newly formed triangle at the top and the long edge at the bottom we need to create a diamond. Take the right hand corner and fold it over to meet the top point (crease well. Repeat this step on the left side to complete the diamond.

  2. Take the right flap; you need to pull the center line back so that it meets the bottom right diagonal (the top will overlap) and repeat this step on the left side, this will now create the illusion of three overlapping diamond shapes.

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  4. Now you need to make what is known as a ‘squash fold’, which means you have to invert the newly formed folds. Focus on the right side for now. If you hold the piece upright you can see down the newly folded flap of paper. You need to separate it by sliding your finger into the fold, the fold will begin to open and you will be able to ‘squash’ the paper down. After repeating this step on the left side you will have formed two new full ‘diamonds’.

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  6. The tops of the new diamonds now need to be folded back so that they are the same height and the lines match the diamond shape underneath.

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  8. Fold the two new diamonds back on themselves where the center crease already exists and place some glue along the edge of one of the sides. Roll the two edges together and hold them until they stick. This forms your first petal.

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  10. Repeat the steps above with the remaining 4 squares of paper until you have all five petals. Glue the petals together by gluing along the edges and hold the petals together. Make sure each petal is firmly stuck before moving onto the next as they can slip.
    Now your flower is complete and you can experiment with different colors and sizes. These make really beautiful toppers on gift boxes too.

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  12. Top Tip: As with all origami the main trick lies with making really crisp folds, as it is these that hold the shape of the piece, so be firm but be sure not to rip the paper.