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Origami Happiness Balls - Kusudama

Шары счастья оригами, Кусудама

Kusudama (Japanese, literally “medicine ball”) is a paper model that is usually (but not always) formed by stitching together the ends of many identical pyramidal modules (usually these are stylized flowers folded from a square sheet of paper), so that a body is spherical in shape . Alternatively, the individual components can be glued together (for example, the kusudama in the bottom photo is completely glued, not stitched). Sometimes, as a decoration, a brush is attached from below. In ancient Japan, kusudamas were used for medicinal gatherings and incense.

Kusudamy is a special class of origami models that are distinguished by their own atmosphere and assembly technique. Kusudama is distinguished by clear lines and competent proportions. In addition, its assembly will not take you much time.

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Litte roses kusudama

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Litte roses variations

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Litte roses kusudama

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Litte unit variation

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Kusudama variation

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Firefly sonobe

Star dodecahedron by Anna Alekseeva

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

So, to build the Stellated Dodecahedron Kusudama you will need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper of any size (small leaves 7.5cm by 7.5cm are fine);
  • a couple of hours of free time.

To assemble this kusudama, it is best to use double-sided paper painted in different colors. So your kusudama will be even brighter and more interesting.

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

We will add kusudama under a detailed diagram from the author of the model. We hope you can easily figure out and add up this interesting model. Good luck!

Kusudama Spring by Tomoko Fuse

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Spring is just around the corner and so I want to already enjoy the first flowers, the sun and good weather. Today we will give you a piece of spring with beautiful Kusudama of the same name from master Tomoko Fuse. So, your attention Kusudama Spring.

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper about 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm in size - it is better to take two-color paper, so you can better convey the beauty of the colors obtained in the center of each sector of your kusudama;
  • about an hour of free time.

Each module is simple enough and its assembly will not take you much time. And the assembly of kusudama itself is not particularly difficult. The modules are attached to each other without the use of glue, they hold exclusively on the folds of paper.

The talented master of origami Tadashi Mori will show you all the stages of assembly. We hope you succeed!

Kusudama Cherry Blossom Ball by Tomoko Fuse

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

You can cheer yourself up not only by meeting with friends or good spring weather, but also by contemplating beautiful things, especially if these things are done by yourself. We present to your attention another spring kusudama from master of his craft Tomoko Fuse called Cherry Blossom Ball - or Cherry Blossom.

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • traditional 30 square sheets of paper about 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm in size - you can take absolutely any size, only the size of your finished kusudama will depend on this;
  • about a couple of hours of free time.

Each module for this kusudama is quite simple. You just need to repeat the actions of the author of the video lesson. As for the assembly of modules into a single ball, here you need to be extremely careful and try to connect the modules as accurately as possible.

So, watch the video tutorial and add up the wonderful spring kusudama Cherry Blossom Ball!

Kusudama Aline by Tadashi Mori

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

In this article, we want to again invite our readers to fold Kusudama. This time, the famous origami master Tadashi Mori presents his kusudama. His name was received by Kusudama on behalf of his girlfriend Aline. Well, let's get started?

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 30 rectangles with sides corresponding to a 4: 1 ratio (in this case, the author took rectangles of size (2 x 8 cm);
  • some free time and patience.

Each model is developing and Kusudama itself is quite simple. From the rectangles, triangular blanks are formed, which then fold to the real kusudama.

As always, Tadashi Mori shows and tells in great detail how to fold his models. We hope that everything will be clear to you and you can easily put together such a beautiful kusudama. Good luck!

Kusudama Snapology (Icosahedron) according to the Heinz Strobl scheme

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

We present to your attention the not ordinary Kusudama Snapology Icosahedron, authored by Heinz Strobl. This kusudama is folded using Snapology technology, that is, from rectangular strips of paper that are specially connected to each other. Interesting? Then welcome!

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 16 strips of the same color;
  • 24 strips of a different color.

Paper strips are recommended to be made from ordinary rectangular sheets of A4. You will need 2 sheets of dominant color, and 3 sheets of minor color. The dominant color will be outside Kusudama, and the secondary color will look between the connections of the modules. Each sheet must be divided into 8 parts along the long side and cut into strips.

Next, you need to add a certain number of modules and connect them together, as shown in the video tutorial. You can also see a photo-master class on the assembly of this kusudama.

Kusudama from octahedrons according to the Meenakshi Mukerji scheme

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

We present to your attention a very interesting and fairly easy to assemble kusudama called Compound of 5 Octahedra from origami master Meenakshi Mukerji. Even children can collect this kusudama, there is nothing complicated here, and the result is very original.

So, to build such a kusudama, we need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper of any size - you can make kusudama in one color, or use several shades, for example, 5 different colors (then you will need to take 6 sheets of each color);
  • free time and desire to create.

First you must add up the modules. In the video tutorial that we offer below, you can see the entire assembly process with detailed descriptions. After all the modules are folded, you can start assembling the kusudama. No glue or additional devices are needed for this. Good luck

Kusudama dodecahedron according to Robert Neale

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

We present to your attention the most beautiful kusudama-dodecahedron from origami master Robert Neale. Such a kusudama consists of modules, which are small triangles with projections for connection. Pretty simple but very effective kusudama.

In order to fold this kusudama you will need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper - if you fold, as shown in the video tutorial, from modules of three colors, then you will need to take 10 sheets of each color (you can also make a two-color kusudama, it will also look great);
  • about an hour of free time.

Most of the time it will take you to assemble the Kusudama together. The modules themselves add up quite simply.

Shows the entire assembly phase of this origami Ignacio Smith model. We hope that everything will be clear to you and you can easily add this model. Good luck

Kusudama "Diamond" scheme Makoto Yamaguchi

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

To come up with your own origami models is a real skill that only extraordinary personalities are capable of. Sometimes the most interesting things are made up of the simplest components that seem to be in full view of everyone. Today we will put together with you a simple, but very beautiful Kusudama “Diamond” according to the Makoto Yamaguchi scheme.

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 6 square sheets of paper measuring 15 cm by 15 cm - Kusudama will look great if you use 2 sheets of different colors;
  • 30 minutes of free time.

To put together the modules of this kusudama, glue is used. Many may say that this is contrary to the origami tradition, but in fact, authentic kusudam were just sewn together with threads, and later they began to use glue. Such a kusudama is going to be quite simple and quick. Hope you enjoy.

Kusudama Pentagon by Jun Maekawa

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

The original kusudamas, which seem to be looked at forever, are one of the most beloved origami models for many people. These magic balls not only look interesting and attractive, but also carry a charge of positive energy invested in them by the creator. Today we will put together another beautiful kusudama called the Pentagon according to the Jun Maekawa scheme.

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper, for example, 10cm by 10cm - kusudama will look even more interesting if you take 10 sheets of three different colors;
  • about an hour of free time.

Without the help of glue or any additional materials, the modules are attached to each other exclusively with the help of paper protrusions and pockets. All in the best traditions of origami art.

Ignacio Smith video tutorial on assembling the Pentagon Kusudama to your attention!

Kusudama Bascetta Star by Paolo Bascetta

Origami Happiness Balls, Kusudama

Bright kusudamas, which simply amaze the imagination with their unthinkable form and interweaving of modules, are a rather extensive topic in origami. There are a great many models of kusudam, let’s try to add at least some of them. Today we bring to your attention Kusudama Bascetta Star from the master Paolo Bascetta.

To build such a kusudama you will need:

  • 30 square sheets of paper about 7 cm by 7 cm in size - you can take blanks of another size. We can also use several different colors of paper, for example 10 modules of each color.
  • a couple of hours of free time.

It takes a little time to assemble one module, about 5 minutes, and by the 20-30th module you will add them even in 2-3 minutes. The main work remains in the assembly of modules in Kusudama. It will take all your zeal and care.