This Kusudama Star model can be made quite easily. All you need is a little patience and about 30 to 40 minutes to spare.
The design of this Kusudama model is attributed to Nina Ostrun. The site linked here is in fact quite amazing with very good tutorials. All I’ve done is an attempt to make the tutorial easier.
Hope you have fun.
Glimpse of the Kusudama Model:
How to make a Kusudama Star:
Fold a square sheet of paper in half along one diagonal.
Fold the paper again in half and make creases.
Along the creases, collapse to form a triangle as shown. This is nothing but your origami balloon base or water bomb base.
Lift the right and left corners of the top flap upwards and press to make crease.
Unfold. Now lift the top flap from right to left as shown. The crease made in step 4 would be aligned along the center of the triangle.
Unfold. Repeat step 5 for the left side of the triangle.
Unfold. You will have creases as indicated.
Now make a small triangle fold at the top. The base of the triangle will meet the creases made in steps 5 and 6.
Unfold. Make another triangle fold by bringing the top towards the latest crease made in step 7.
Unfold the whole model.
Collapse the paper just like how you made the balloon base, only that the square crease formed by the folds made will form a square shaped dent at the center.
A view of the model at this point of time.
Now open the flap along the crease indicated.
Flatten as shown. You will have an extension of the flap pointing towards you.
Now flatten this outwards.
Flip the model.
Repeat steps 11 to 13 for this side.
This is a view of the center of the model at this point.
Turn the model to get the below shown view.
Lift the top flap upwards.
Flip the model.
Lift the flap upwards and press.
If you open this triangle a little, you will see this structure.
One module is done.
We will need a total of six modules for a Kusudama star. So make 5 more such modules.
Insert one module into the other.
I’ve used a little glue to secure the inserted pieces in place.
Insert four pieces like a ring using the method shown in step 23.
Now insert the remaining two pieces at the top and bottom of the ring to finish the star.
You can set lights inside the star and hang it up to add light and color to the holiday season. Smaller stars can serve as pretty ornaments for your Christmas tree too.