Make Japanese Kusudama Paper Flowers

These exquisite flowers come to us by way of Folding Trees. In this tutorial, we’re introduced the art of Japanese kusudama, which, traditionally, are used to make balls into which are deposited incense or potpourri. I actually prefer the look of the individual flowers, but if you’re interested in assembling them into a ball, Folding Trees provides that tutorial as well.

To make 12 flowers, you’ll need:

  • 60 pieces of paper cut into squares. FT suggests each piece should be 7 x 7 cm or 3″ square
  • Glue

To see how to make the individual flowers, go here. To see how to assemble them into a traditional kusudama ball (pictured below), go here.

P.S. Note how Folding Trees made use of flowers like these on their banner. Lovely!