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 www.wikihow.com, '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
The Glory Of Christmas - Snow
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