Home » Crafts » Origami - DIY » Modular Origami » How to Make a Venus Kusudama
Make a Kusudama Ball

How to Make a Venus Kusudama

There are many variations of a Japanese paper ball, here is one such variation – Venus Kusudama which is made using units of four petal flowers. 

Glimpse of the Kusudama

Venus Kusudama

How To:

Step 1:

Take a square sheet of paper. Start with colored side down.

KB1

Step 2:

Fold the sheet along the diagonal in half like a triangle.

KB2

Step 3:

Fold again in half.

KB3

Step 4:

Open the top flap.

KB4

Step 5:

Flatten.

KB5

Step 6:

Flip and repeat the above two steps for the other side.

KB6

Step 7:

Open up the top flap, fold it along a diagonal and flatten at the center.

KB7

Step 8:

Repeat the above step for the other three sides.

KB8

Step 9:

Flip to the side with one color. You will have four such sides.

KB9

Step 10:

Fold by bringing the sides to the center crease.

KB10

Step 11:

Repeat the above step for the other three sides.

KB11

Step 12:

Lift the bottom part of the top flap upwards and press to flatten and make a crease.

KB12

Step 13:

Open up all the folds slowly. You would have the required creases – since these creases are important for the unit to shape up neatly, make sure the crease are made well when fold.

KB13

Step 14:

You would now have four diagonal creases. Fold it inwards along the diagonal as shown.

KB14

Step 15:

Fold the flap downwards.

KB15

Step 16:

Repeat steps 14 and 15 for the remaining three diagonals. We have a pretty flower like unit here.

KB16

Step 17:

Make around 45 such flower units for making a ball.

KB17

Step 18:

Glue one unit with another as shown. Gluing the units together would be quite easy for this model. There are many models where this is actually the difficult part.

KB18

Once you glue all the units together, you will have a colorful Japanese paper ball ready to be hung…

Paper Ball

This is one of the traditional paper models you could give a shot and even put up as a decor with rhinestones at the center of each unit maybe?!

3 comments

  1. Hi,
    I can’t get the 14th and 15th step..help!

    • Anu, You need to bring the sides in (wherever you have the pointed edges). Because of the creases we’ve made, when you slightly push them, the corners will naturally fold in.

  2. Hi Anuradha ,

    The 14th and 15th step are basically reverse refolding.

    I have also made this kusudama.Here is a link http://anu-origami.blogspot.com/2011/04/origami-venus-kusudama.html to my post where you can some video tutorials for the same.I hope this helps you.

    Thanks,
    Anu

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*