(Closed) Origami Kusudama Bride Bouquet

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have done a lot of origami.  I’ve actually done this exact Kusudama pattern, little pearls and all.  You want origami paper.  Do not use card stock paper.  It’s too thick.  You need something thin and easy to fold.  You really need perfect squares of paper if you want the folds to come out even.  It’s much much easier to purchase origami paper in the correct size than it is to cut it down.  If you cut it, you’re unlikely to get the squares as perfect as you need them to be.

I used single-sided paper to make this Kusudama.  With the folding, the white part ends up on the inside.  Check out this photo.  It’s the same pattern, but it’s bigger, so you can see the white a little bit.  If you don’t want even a hint of white to show, you either need double-sided origami paper or you need to glue it.  Double-sided origami paper does exist, but it’ll take some searching to find it.  If you decide to go that route, make sure the paper is the same color on both sides; many times the colors are different.



Post # 5
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m making these. I’m using colored printer paper (both sides are colored and if u want to run it through a printer to get a pattern you can) and some scrapbook paper that came double sided.it’s working amazingly. Sadly, I’m cutting my own squares. Taking a while.

Post # 6
34 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just made about 200 of these suckers of various sizes between decor and my and my sister’s bouquet. You can use cardstock – mainly for big flowers. It’s actually better than origami for big ones because the thin origami paper kind of squishes out of shape on the big ones. You can’t use it for little ones, though, until you get really practiced, and even then I wouldn’t go smaller than 4 inches square. Origami is where it’s at for small flowers.

I had both kinds together in my bouqut and it looked good. I think having a few different sizes makes it easier to arrange the flowers too. You just need a lot of them, whatever sizes. 

I’d say for cardstock, it’s too much of a pain to fold a less than six inches square piece (until you get good, but honestly it will always be harder).

Cardstock comes in 12 inch square pieces, usually, and I found origami in 4 and 6 inch sizes.

As for what the Etsy people use – I suspect it’s a trade secret! You could order one and find out – but that defeats the purpose. Sigh.

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