September 12, 2010

Kusudama Flowers

Hello to everyone visiting for the first time. This is my step-by-step tutorial for

Corner Bookmark with Kusudama Flower Dangle

Grab a piece of paper and follow along for a little paper folding fun. If you like this, I have other tutorials here .


Inspiration :

The Booker Prize shortlist was annouced this week and I'm keen to start working my way through the list. So when my 9-year old niece came for a sleep-over, we made some bookmarks to complement my reading.

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Supplies :

Pattern Paper - Jenni Bowlin's Vintage Black Bookprint
Embellishments - Basic Grey's Max & Whiskers Ribbon Doily, button, ribbon



Effort :

Time - 1.5 hour
Cost - less than S$2

Instructions :

My niece is always asking for origami projects, so I showed her how to make Kusudama flowers using a modular technique. Traditionally 12 Kusudama flowers are used to make hanging balls.
Here's my little tutorial, if you need more detailed instructions try
this.



Flower








I used a 2" square for each petal but you can vary the size between 1.5" to 2.5".
Make 5 petals and than glue together to form a flower.

Corner bookmark


Fold down the corners of a rectangle and glue a triangle piece over the folds on the back.



Assembly


I attached the flower to my corner bookmark and hid the ribbon end with a button.



Hope you had fun playing with paper. If you make a kusudama flower, leave me a comment as I'd love to come visit your blog and see your version.

Linking to these parties.

55 comments:

Kelly Massman said...

Very cool bookmark!

Lorie said...

That is so cute!! The corner bookmark idea is just really smart, but the flower is gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing it at Show and Tell Saturday!

Diane said...

Beautiful bookmark.....the flower is gorgeous!!

Jane (J-bug) said...

These are so gorgeous - never seen flowers like these before & I'm keen to give them a go! Thanks for sharing.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a great bookmark that is, thanks for the tutorial and thanks for sharing, it is always good to see your new creation!

Mama Peck said...

Great idea-so cute!

yyam said...

Awww....so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial Sandy! :)

Have a great week ahead!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much sandy for all your lovely comments on my blog - appreciate that. Love your work and I think I have a lot to learn from you! :))
elaine t

piradee talvanna said...

wow... thanks for the tutorial on the flower! its gorgeous and yes, tapas on the ramblas is super! :)

MamaJ said...

Cool! Never thought of using them flowers as toppings on bookmarks!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

love this! thanks for sharing!

Terrell said...

These are just truly amazing, Sandy!!! I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I also have a link party each Friday and would like to invite you to link up your terrific creations...they're just delightful! Hugs to you!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Wendy Kwok said...

Hi

Want to say "thank you' for coming over to my blog. I love this flower tutorial... amazing creation.... love it!

Cindy Lee said...

What an awesome bookmark! It's one of the best I've seen so far!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. And now I found yours :)

Heather said...

I LOVE this. Thanks for the step by step tutorial.

Tony and Kimra said...

Thank you! I WILL be using this tutorial. I've seen the corner bookmarks before, but never with this level of perfection! plus the added flower. I love it!!

Kimra
crafty-cove.blogspot.com
kimraskreations.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

That is seriously gorgeous! I am really jazzed about this idea!! Thanks for sharing it.

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

Sandy, Thanks for your visit today. Your work is remarkable!!!!

godblesswinnie said...

Hey, thanks for sharing! Is lovely :)

Martine Labelle said...

very cool! love the flower! and the bookmark is fabulous!

Megan said...

I am amazed by all the creations on your blog, but this one takes the cake! It's so intricate and creative...and serves a practical purpose, too. Great job!

Darlene S. said...

Wow, your projects and ideas really rock! What a neat bookmark!

Thanks for peeking by my blog this week. :D

Chok Keun said...

This is really a cool idea and beautiful bookmark, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

so nice . . . thanks for sharing

PVB said...

LOVELY! I have a book I want to rip up and try this with LOL
Pink Velvet Bird

Anke said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

Diane said...

So very useful and so very lovely! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Jennifer @ Muse Lodge said...

Wow...this is so cool. I know a few people that might be receiving these as gifts. They're perfect. I will definitely be trying this one. :)

As Ahmad said...

wow! this is great! :D

jet said...

woooow this is beautiful and stunning. love your other tutes as well, very pretty and neat.
thank you for your great job and sharing;-D

EdaisY said...

I made a Kusudama Ball with this technique : ) Here you can see http://edaiisy.blogspot.com/2010/12/kusudamalarm.html?spref=tw

Linda said...

I love this! Beautiful and great tutorial!

Hani@Craftionary said...

wow! this is a wonderful idea.. really beautiful.. Great work.. :)
Love
Hani
http://craftionary.blogspot.com

Naturally Me Creations said...

These little flowers are great too! Origami is something i still want to learn how to do!
I'd love for you to link up some of your crafts every week at my weekend linky parties over here!
:)

allthingspurple said...

wow..this is a great bookmark for my flower power 10 year old daughter. I have been making tags for her storybooks and this floral one will be a great deviation from her usual bookmarks. Thanks for sharing!!

Mihaela said...

Very nice and useful. Thanks!

Melissa Antolovic said...

love the bookmark, you have some great tutorials.
Thanks for stopping by my blog

Kate M said...

This bookmark is fabulous - I will post a link to your blog once I have had a go at making one for myself.
I shall spend many an hour viewing all the wonderful things on here!

Thanks for commenting on my blog
Kate
x

Michelle Looi said...

Speaking of recycling! This is awesome and vintage!

Anni said...

You have good tutorials! Totally love this bookmark! Thanks for the comment. ;)

Erika Clark said...

Thanks for this beautiful tutorial. I'm hooked on this fold now, it's SO pretty! Here are my samples: http://inkypinkies.blogspot.com/2011/07/corner-bookmark-with-origami-flower.html

Joy said...

So cute and I love this idea!

Michelle said...

I just started a business with my Aunt making these, of course not the bookmarks but our own versions.

http://justmarriedmomof3.blogspot.com/p/cinnamon-moose.html

Nasmijano nebo said...

Hi Sandy, I'm sorry that I did'nt appeared to you to put a link on your blog. I am so thrilled with the flowers. I only produced flowers and not thinking about anything else.
I send you big greetings from Croatia.

Blossom inch said...

awesome bookmark, I should try la...

Linda said...

Haven't made one yet but I'm on it. lol.
They are just gorgeous. I'll pop back and let you see my version when it's done!
Thanks for sharing

Lacy said...

These are so beautiful! I'm having trouble opening the link for "more detailed instructions" though. Is it still a working link?

DebbieKinIL said...

This is beautiful - Thanks for posting- I'll be making some for our school craft fair in school themes and colors. I'll be back- found you via Flamingo toes.

karen hornsten said...

I do my kusudama flowers a bit different when I fold the initial squares. See mi e on my etsy shop
Http://www.etsy.com/shop/gracelinepaperstudio
I love your idea of combining the flowers with a corner book mark. Thank you. Karen

玉芳 said...

What a great idea!! I will try this one someday! Thank you for posting!

Waseem said...

Beautiful tutorial....I really like it..


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Kamilah said...

today i try make kusudama bookmark, using your tutorial thanks so much, this is link my kusudama flowers bookmark project combine with kokoru paper :)

http://instagr.am/p/KcLX5RjSSK/

Candace Jedrowicz said...

How beautiful! Great tutorial!

JaDiLin 贾蒂琳 said...

Very creative.

Angela said...

I love these so much I had to share them. Thanks so much for posting these. They're absolutely beautiful!