[Audible gasp.] Yay! You’re watching. Okay, cool. Let’s make something awesome. Today I’m going to show you how to make a kusudama. This- oh gosh, my head’s not even in this. I’m so tall!! Let’s make a kusudama. This is a kusudama. This is a giant kusudama. I used this as a tree-topper this Christmas. It was pretty fun. So yeah! What you’ll need: trash bin, optional. Glue, not optional. A protective placemat, definitely shouldn’t be optional, but I guess it is. A bowl, to put all the little folded sheets in. Sweet tea, oh, that’s…that’s optional, but it’s… it’s delicious. [quiet sip and satisfied ah] I like to keep a scrap piece of paper so I can wipe off the glue as needed. String, so that you can… I am going to make it out of old book pages. So you’ll need a book if you want to do the same thing. This stuff is called SortKwik. It’s that stuff that they use at the cash register. They rub it on their finger and then they can grip paper, or plastic bags, whatever, a little easier. You’ll need either a paper cutter, which I forgot to grab. A paper cutter. Or, if you don’t have a fancy-shmancy thing like that… you can use scissors, a ruler, and a pencil. So. [snap] Let’s get started. Okay. First things first, I’m going to cut a length of string. “Strang” Oh gosh. [flippin adorable dog rattling collar in background] Yes, I did grow up in Oklahoma, could you notice? So a length of string, and I like to make it eleven-ish inches. It seems like a good size. [scissors cutting thread] So we’re done with the string. Set that aside. And then we’ll get started cutting out the pages. Dangit! My head is just cut off! Okay. So. I am just going to rip into this thing. [pages turning] Special thanks to Hannah for the books that she decided to leave behind, and let me make stuff out of! LOVE YOU!! Okay. So. Oh. I hate doing this. I love books, this makes me sad! [book ripping and Brenna struggling] Alright. Rip out some pages. [pages turning and more sad ripping] You really want to have pages that have [surprised ‘oh’ and ripping] full text. So, like that isn’t always the best looking. But sometimes you can incorporate the chapter number, and that looks cool. [turning pages] So, I can usually do three pages at a time. [very large rip] Oh gosh! [rip] And we’ll be cutting out sixty squares in 2” by 2” measurement. [paper cutter clattering] Also: I don’t like to have too much of the margin in the page so I tend to cut in just a smidgen. That’s where the handy-dandy bin comes in handy! Woo hoo! And again: I’ll cut up from the bottom, and possibly the top. Just so there’s not a whole lot of empty space when I fold. Alright, well I’m assuming that you guys know how to cut things out, because you guys are smart. So I will see you after I cut out all sixty squares and then tell you what to do from there. [bracelet jingling] Hey! Okay so I have sixty sheets of paper plus eighteen extras. Just in case there’s some words that I don’t really want to show up for people that like to look close. If you’re using scrap book paper you’ll need two sheets of 12” by 12”. Make sure that it is 12” by 12” though because some of them that come in the books aren’t exactly 12” and then you may need more than two pieces of paper. Please do not use cardstock! It will hurt your fingers like nobody’s business because it’s so hard to fold. I much prefer the thinner scrapbook paper or books. What you do is: you fold up, and then unfold that, turn it, and make a plus sign in your fold essentially is what it will look like. So then you’ll unfold that again. And then flip it over and fold the points up. Give that a nice good crease. So from there we’re going to fold those points up to the center. And you’ll have a little teeny-tiny square. Like so. Alright, this part is the most difficult part to understand on paper. So this is probably why you’re doing the video. You’ll unfold this a little bit. And line up this crease with this fold Right like that, and then give that a good crease, and you’ll do that to the other side. You’ll have this. From there: fold down these points so that they’re equal with this other line, and do the same to the other side. And then you’ll fold these in again. Right like that. So when you’re finished you’ll have a square on the back. It’ll just look like a square. When we get to the gluing process you’ll glue this edge to this edge. Right like that. Try and be careful not to crease this edge. It’s actually better if it’s rounded. It looks really pretty when it’s rounded. If you have small and flexible page you can skip this step here. So you’ll just fold up this way, and then fold the points. Like this. Well hey there! It’s time to glue these bad-boys! I use Fabri-Fix I got it from Hobby Lobby for $6.99. It’s basically like hot-glue that is not hot so it’s safe. Although, it will take the nail polish off if you get the glue on your nail polish. So be careful of that. So when I helped out in a kindergarten class… Let’s put this little dude back in the screen ‘cause he’s cute. That’s what half of one looks like. A little desk ornament, if you like. When I helped out in a kindergarten class the teacher’s phrase for gluing was “A dot is a lot.” I thought that was clever. Here is a dot. Right there. That’s literally all I’m using. Then I take the tip of the glue dispenser and spread the love. And I like to set this down on its side. And then hold that together for a bit. Let’s see, and do more than one at a time. So again: a dot is a lot. And then, spread it around. Set that sideways. Yay I remembered! And then fold that together. So by that time this one can be let go of for a bit. So then I hold it like so. I’m just gonna show you how to glue five. And then I won’t make you sit through my rambling any longer than you have to, I promise. For these three we’re going to start gluing them together. Again: You just need a little dot. Spread the love. And then put two together. You want to try to make these edges match nicely. Right. So then, a dot is a lot. And it’s exploding all over us. And then spread the love. Take number three, here, add him to this. Squish it just a little bit. Hold it. Okay. So that one’s staying so we’ll set that aside. And then you’ll glue two together! Hey! Okay. So here is my happy little army of my kusudama ‘threes’ and ‘twos’. So if you have already gotten bored, and do not want to fold more than five. That’s totally fine. You can make a cute little whatever, a little flower out of it. So I’ll show you how to glue these into just fives. So first, you gotta drop it. No, I’m kidding. You… I like to squish these so that they’re a bit more rounded. And that’s why it’s important not to crease where that point is. So I will add a dot, because a dot is a lot. Are you guys sick of me saying that? I’m so sorry if you are. And then… set the glue… and then squish the ‘two’. Ha-ha! It rhymes! Alright. So do that. And then I like to let that sit. For a bit. Dang it! Why am I rhyming so much!? And add another strip of glue or a dot. Spread the love. On that side. And put those two edges together. And you have a cute little flower! Ta Da!! So I now have these ‘five’ groupings. These petals. So now I’m going to glue… them to eat other in groups of two. Use a smidgen more glue for this part because- Oh I forgot to do the other side. ‘cause I want to make sure that it stays where I want it to stay. And try and line up those corners. So now everybody has a friend. Let’s glue them into groups of four. So we’ll put glue here, here, there, and there. And then pair them up. So then there’s a happy pair. There’s another pair. So then you want this guy in the middle. And then put glue all along this area like so. And then take these two and make them friends. If you are impatient at this point and don’t want to make the whole kusudama you can do just a half of one. And I think that looks pretty cute too ‘cause it’s like a little desk ornament, decoration, whatever. You can also punch a hole through one of these guys and then hang it. Like on a wall or something, ‘cause it’ll lie flat, which is kinda nice. Had that at my wedding. Oh yeah! I made 100 of these as wedding favors one per family or group or whatever. And I actually have a few extras. But these were really fun to make. Took a long time, but I enjoyed it. So once that sticks on its own pretty well, you can set it aside, and move on to the string. Grab your happy little string. I like to fold it in half and then tie a knot in the same place a couple times just to give it a good size thickness since this is just crochet thread. Ta da! I’ve found that 11” and then folded in half is a good length if you’re gonna hang it on a tree, or like a Christmas tree. Or whatever it’s just a good length. So from there… flip the first one over so that your second one has time to dry. Put a HUGE thing of glue, a huge dot. And then from there squish the knot into the glue like so. And then I like to cover that with even more glue. And just secure that in there. Make sure that it’s not in this ridge right here because the opposite side will be glued there whereas if you have it in this type of a crease it can move a bit more freely. So from here I’m going to smother this side in this awesome glue. So then match up the hills and valleys and squish it all together! And then I hold it on the opposite edges kinda straighten things out try and match up all those pretty points. See, there’s our happy little friend that’s free. So there is your happy little friend! Ta Da!!! So there you have it. That is how you make your very own kusudama flower ball. I would really love it if you would show me pictures either on Instagram or Twitter. The links for my social media are down below. I would love to see what you guys do, and would be happy to answer questions and help you if I can. So please, comment down in the comment section, and we’ll have a nice chat! Thanks for watching!