How to Make a Kusudama | Origami

How to Make a Kusudama | Origami


This is a video for a kusudama. Now a kusudama refers to any kind of origami
model that has a bunch of different sheets of paper that are the same. That you’ve have a couple of different units
and you’ve put it together to make something a little bit cooler. So for example, this has a number of different
units that are exactly the same in different colors, and they get weaved together to create
something a little bit bigger. Sometimes that’s also referred in origami
as a modular. For that kusudama ball, we’re going to start
with one sheet of paper and we’re going to make a diagonal fold. So with the white side up, we’re going to
fold the diagonal fold, so make sure that’s nice and lined up, so that it’s not to the
side at all, but very precise. Go ahead and make that nice diagonal fold. Open it back up and then the other diagonal
fold as well. When you open it up and look at it, you’ll
have a nice cross right in the middle of the paper. What we’re going to do next is we’re going
to do two blintz folds. So we’re going to take two corners and fold
them into the exact middle of the paper, and these two corners that we’re going to do are
on opposite edges, opposite sides. So these two right here are going to come
up and meet each other right in the middle just like that. Next we will flip the paper over and we’re
going to do a covered fold. So we’re going to take these two edges, right
here at the top, and fold them into the middle line of the paper. When you do this make sure that you keep it
nice and flat on the table, because there’s that extra panel in the back that we want
to keep locked down there. So go ahead and take this edge at the bottom,
fold it up to the middle line, and then once you have there’s this extra panel right here,
go ahead and pick that up and tuck it underneath. So that it’s no longer locked behind the paper,
but it’s nice and free just like that. Do that on the bottom, also on the top just
like this, nice and lined up, and then once again,you see that little extra tab, go ahead
and pick it up and tuck that underneath just like that. Now next we’ve got the two corners of the
paper, we’re going to fold those into the edges of the color. So this is a nice square, go ahead and cut
that square in half and hide all the color right there, so it will just be a white area
just like this. Now next is a very important step, whenever
you’re making a modular or kusudama, because you want to make sure that all of the units
are exactly the same. So what you’re going to do is you’re going
to decide a spot you want to fold up. I’m going to do the top left and the bottom
right corner. So I’m going to take this corner right here
and I’m going to fold it up, and make sure that you’re consistent all the way throughout,
making all of the different units. Because if I made one with the bottom corner
folded up like this, but I made another one with the opposite corner they wouldn’t intersect,
they wouldn’t lock up the way you want them to. So go ahead and pick a side. I’m going to take the top left and the bottom
right and fold those down, and then open them back up, and then we’re going to weave them
now under the panel. So go ahead and pick this panel up. You see, I’m going to take this edge right
here, this triangle and I’m going to fold it underneath just like that. It sort of weaves underneath that panel on
this side. You could also think about it, If you rotate
it around you’re just going to do the exact same thing on the other one just like that. So now we have them both weaved underneath
just like that. Next flip the paper over and from this parallelogram
right here, what we’re going to take the bottom corner and we’re going to fold it up to that
edge. When that happens it should line up nicely
with a couple of spots. You can look at the other side of the paper
it’s just right where that triangle lines up, that’s what’s going to get folded behind. And then take the top point and fold it down,
again, it should line up. It should butt up against each other on the
other edge like this. And then now I will fold it in half backwards. I’m just going to bend these two back this
way, and this is your unit for this module. Once I open this up, this is the entire unit
that we’re going to use. And what you need are several of these. It depends how big of a ball you want to make. For the example of this one that I was using
right here, these are a little bit smaller units than this. This ball will end up being probably about
this big, but you could also make one that could be a little tighter, a little bit smaller
or even a cube if you wanted to. So make a couple more of these units. I’ve have a few handy right here. I’m going to show you how they all intersect. So the way this works with modular’s, you
see how all three of these units are exactly the same. The way a modular works is there’s always
a pocket and a tab. Now the tab right here is going to be this
white point right here. That’s the tab and the pocket is going to
be this triangle right here. You see how, if I open it just a little bit,
you see how there’s a little tab. That’s where the tabs are going to fit into
that pocket, right there on each of these. So take another unit and I’m going to angle
it, so the two of them are sort of perpendicular, where they would intersect like this, and
you see how this tab right here will slide nicely right into that pocket just like that. And then from there we’re going to take the
next one, and this is going to wrap around, to make a pyramid or a triangle. You see how that’s the pocket right there. I’m going to take this tab, slide it in and
you’ll see how that’ll make a full pyramid. Now this one right over here, the problem
with that is, that one was underneath, so go ahead and bring that up to the top, and
you see how the three of them now will weave into each other to create a pretty tight,
interlocking shape just like this. And from here you’re just going to keep adding
units and working your way around. You’ll see how there’s another pocket right
there, right there, right there and you just keep adding tabs all the way around, until
you come up with the finished modular and it’ll look something like this.

61 thoughts on “How to Make a Kusudama | Origami

  1. He should have showed the n00bz how to link 5 of those pyramids together to get the star shape… then he could have ended the video…
    – Sincerely, The Origami Master

  2. the ball in the video requires 30 units; the guy seriously sucked at showing how to complete the assembly because there are LOADS of ways to assemble sonobes. you can also make 12-units, very small (and kinda unimpressive) 3-units and 6-units, and can even go up to 90-units and 270-units.
    to find out how to assemble just google sonobe icosahedron. there are plenty of tutorials online showing how to assemble basic and patterned sonobes.

  3. Yeah…decent video but only half the job. How about telling us how many pieces are needed as well as how to construct the whole piece? I can imagine the last few are very tricky! Also what is the best paper as I find mine just makes the pieces slide out…very annoying!

  4. I learned that in elementary and it was so much easier. When I did that in 5 grade there were less steps than that, u added extra steps when u fold the paper back u don't need to do that u just made it more complicated.

  5. i made it with soo much difficulty
    it was HARD
    made a 3D box onstead of a ball and it looked horrible
    but it was ok

  6. Yes its cool that you show how to make a prism but how to go further than that would be even more helpful please 😤

  7. Some things that I found when I tried this out: This Kusudama uses 30 modules. If you use a 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm square, you will get a finished piece of about 8 cm tall. The assembly is pretty similar to other models that have the same number of modules. Each face should have five triangles put together.

  8. Hello! Can I make it with 80 units??

    Cuz I wanted to do an origami with 80 units for my grandma's 80th birthday but it's really hard to find one.

  9. Hi. Your video on making this type of Kusudama is really helpful in my work with 5th and 6th graders. We find your directions easy to follow and the fold easy to execute. We are having trouble putting all the many pieces together into one unit. Can you write directions? We would like to complete a whole Kusudama, but right now everything is in separate pieces. We can get three together but can't get them all together. Should we wait until they are all done or can we build it as we go? Any help would be so appreciated! Also, have you done additional videos of other fairly easy folds? Thanks, Laurie~

  10. Btw for any other good man who comes along this video and finds it a problem to know how many you need to make. You can make one with 12 or 30. Just check out a sonobe unit ball it's basically the same

  11. i want to make it biger i have question from where i will bring that paper that is white from side and another side color

  12. To all those thinking how many pieces you need, you need-
    6 units for a cube
    12 units for a dodecahedron
    30 units for the bawl in the video
    90 units for BIG BAWLZ!!!

    Sorry, I lost it in the end.

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