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Kusudama Flowers DONATIONWARE paper craft tutorial

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Kusudama Flowers is an original craft tutorial by June Gilbank. This is a fully revised and updated version of the tutorial once published on my now-defunct papercraft website, Folding Trees.

Japanese Kusudama balls are traditionally assembled from real flowers and herbs, and used as incense or pot pourri. This decorative paper version is created by first folding origami flower petals and gluing them together into flowers, and then assembling 12 flowers into a decorative ball.

But these lovely paper flowers are so versatile and have many uses in addition to assembly into a kusudama ball. 

  • A single kusudama flower makes a lovely place setting, wedding favour, or buttonhole. 
  • Add floral wire stems to the bottom of each flower and assemble them into a paper bouquet. 
  • The full kusudama ball makes a beautiful gift or stunning decor for parties and weddings.
...and I'll show you all these options in the tutorial!

This Kusudama Flowers tutorial is Donationware - the basic flower instructions are available to view online for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:

Send me a donation and receive the easy-to-print PDF version of the tutorial as a thank you!

It includes some additional info that you’ll only find in the PDF version:
  • Instructions and tips for adding stems and making a paper bouquet
  • Step-by-step instructions for turning 12 flowers into a decorative floral ball

Donations of any size are much appreciated, but please donate as much as you feel the tutorial is worth. Just add the amount you wish to donate below, and, once you have checked out and paid, your PDF will be available to download from your PlanetJune account.

Thank you for your generosity - it is much appreciated!


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