Phew! Christmas is really creeping up - only 5 weeks to go!
Week 3 of A Blog Named Hero's Christmas event is all about decor. I don't really make papercrafted decor items for around the house, except for at Christmastime! I decided to go all out and make something I've never tried before - a Kusudama ball.
Kusudama flowers are origami flowers made by folding a square of paper for each petal. You can stop at 5 petals to make 1 flower, but the ball that I made has 12 flowers in it - that's 60 petals! That's a lot of folding!
I started out by using patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and American Crafts - Amy Tangerine. However, after making a few flowers this way, I decided to use thinner paper, as the thicker paper was a little too hard to fold the muliple times necessary for each petal. I then moved on to normal printer paper, but I stamped on the edges to make it more pretty!! I used Hero Arts, CAS-ual Fridays, Neat and Tangled, Avery Elle and Simon Says Stamp stamps on the petals.
The petals all start out as a square of paper:
They get folded into petals, then 5 petals are glued together:
(you can find a photo tutorial on folding the petals HERE)
12 flowers all folded and ready to assemble - I was a bit worried about glueing them all together, but that bit turned out to be really easy!