Saturday 14 December 2013

Kusudama snowflake ball

   I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank you for your kind comments throughout the year, I do appreciate you taking the time to look, comment and follow.
    I spent a lovely morning with a new crafting buddy this week. Our children are at the same school and through various chats in the playground we discovered we have some mutual interests, so we booked a grown up play date. Jane showed my how to make these amazing flowers.
     We began by making a single Kusudama flower using 6x6 papers, the result was great but me being me I thought 'how small can I go?', so these flowers are made with a 2inch square. That means I can get a complete ball out of two 12x12 sheets, the ball measures 3inches across. There are tutorials available on youtube, I would recommend, 'Make a Kusudama flower' and 'Make a Kusudama ball'.
    I do apologise to any 'black belt' origami experts out there, this is not a perfect example by a long shot but it is my first and I like it hanging on my tree. I did discover that a good quality paper is much easier to fold than a thin card, especially when working smaller squares. I do need to practice more and get my folding more accurate as this is the key to it all working out well.
    Each flower has Glamour Dust on the centre veins and a clear gem in the middle which catches the light as it hangs on the tree. It took about six hours in total, I fold a few squares in between cooking duties so I can then spend the evening sticking it all together, which for me was the trickiest part.

I would like to enter this ball in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Past Challenge=Snowflakes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes, Winter Wonderland
Here Come The Boys - Anything Goes (my son has claimed this already)
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes & Blog Hop
Make My Monday - Frosty Theme
Try It On Tuesday - Handmade Gift or Tag 
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Whatever is urgent to make (I just HAD to try it)
Feeling Crafty - Christmas
Allsorts - Snowflakes


  1. I love the way you've used the pretty snowflake paper to make this gorgeous ornament. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  2. This is TOTALLY stunning, Rocky!!! LOVE the gorgeous paper you used and the fabulous sparkly centers! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  3. Great project thanks for joining us at feeling Crafty and good luck x

  4. A beautiful snowball flower, thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge, hugs Bee

  5. This is fabulous, thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week
    Rosie x

  6. WOW, stunning creation!

    Thanks for sharing with us over at Feeling Crafty Challenge ~ good luck! :)

  7. Wonderful project. Thank You for Playing and sharing your creation with us at Here Come The Boys! Good Luck from Woo, Sharon, Teresa, Donna, Jacky, Ginny, Becky, Mojca, Mandz, Stacey & Helen x

  8. This is wonderful I have tried it and know how much work goes into it, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week. xxxx

  9. I made these as a posy for my mum a while ago but this is fabulous Rocky - I'm going to be doing some paper folding this Xmas xx

  10. Beautiful creation for my CHNC challenge 155 and also the Glory of Christmas 22: snow - hope to see you here again soon. x

  11. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  12. So Lovely Thank you for joining us at MMM
    Suzi B x

  13. WOW, just amazing!! Really love them!! Thank you for playing with us at Creative Moments this time, hugs Kate DT

  14. beautiful ball.Thanks for joining our Blog hop and Challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas. Hope to see you back during the year.
    Cindy DT

  15. Brilliant design for our Blog Hop at Holly Jolly. Thanks for joining in and good luck! Hugs x


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