Flowers!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I do origami as a sort of stress busting activity. Once you learn the folds of a certain object, it becomes muscle memory and you don't have to pay attention, so it's a little like meditation for me. Every once in a while I embark on a bigger project, though, and that's what I'm in the middle of currently. It's called a Kusudama, and this is (roughly) what it will look like when it's done (image from origami-instructions.com):

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 I have stacks of origami paper, as I have a weakness for our local Daiso store and I usually pick some up when I visit (they're only $1! Buying 10 at a time just makes sense!). For my Kusudama, I'm using some pretty floral paper in pinks and blues. The kind I'm making is the most basic form; you can make Kusudama that are incredibly complicated and large, but I went with the easy one :P. The ball is made of 12 flowers, which themselves are made of "petals" that look like this:

ImageFive of these units are fastened together to make the flower:

ImageThe flowers are then joined into a ball:

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Traditionally the pieces are put together by sewing them, but for the sake of time and sanity, I generally glue mine.

Obviously mine isn't all the way done yet; before I put the last few flowers on, I'll put a string down the middle so that it can be hung from the ceiling or a window. They don't take too long to put together, and they make a very pretty decoration. If you're interested in making your own, pretty clear instructions can be found here.

If that seems a little intimidating, you could start with stringing some paper cranes. These are the ones we have hanging in our house, left over from our wedding:

ImageI like to think they bring us a little extra luck :).

And just because we're (loosely) on the subject of flowers (hey, growing is nearly the same as making, right?), a couple of bonus pictures of the absolutely beautiful rose I have going in our back yard:

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I really want to make something based on it, but I'm not sure I could live up to how pretty it is!