Autumn Kusudama Centerpiece

Over the course of this year I have been making Kusudama balls, and I was left with paper in colors that I wouldn’t normally use: orange, brown, and yellow. Luckily, they go well together and are fall colors. I also added some red and golden-yellow, which (in hindsight) goes better with the other colors than the bright yellow. Instructions for making a kusudama flower can be found here.

With Lee Bay, of course!

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I was going for a dusky look, but it may have been too dark.

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With Lee Bay, of course!

Tiny paper boats

I made a boat, I made a boat
Take a good hard look
At the teeny tiny boats

As you can see, I actually made four boats, but I wanted to parody the song I’m On A Boat.

I folded these some time in 2010 but did not take photos until October of 2011 (when I grew my nails out long). They are made from a cherry Starburst wrapper.

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Mini Kusudama Flowers

Some of you may have seen this when I posted it on Xanga a few years ago.

According to the instructions, kusudama means medicine ball.

The petals are made separately and then glued together. Folding the petals is rather simple. The hardest part was gluing the petals together, especially when it came to the third and fourth ones.


My smallest one. It measures about 6mm at the widest points and 2mm at the narrowest part.

When I folded my first one (not pictured) out of 0.5″ by 0.5″ squares, I noticed that it ended up pretty large (for something intended to be tiny), so I made a second one out of 9mm by 9mm squares. I felt like it could be even smaller, so on my third try, I used 0.25″ by 0.25″ squares for each petal. It might be possible to make an even smaller one, but it would have to be made from thinner paper, since the folds were already rather thick.

These were made from a strawberry Starburst wrapper. The hardest part was cutting the squares, since they had to be almost perfect. At that size, fractions of a millimeter matter.

I used a toothpick to open up some folds when making the smallest one. Aside from that, my fingernails did all the folding.

Posted 4/12/2011 at 4:40 PM

Tiny origami

This is a repost of something I posted on Xanga on 3/30/2011.

Back in 2010, a friend from high school posted this link on my Facebook wall. I asked her why she shared it with me, and she said that the article reminded her of me because I used to fold tiny paper cranes.

Determined, I decided to see what I could do. That night I used a 0.5” by 0.5” piece of paper to fold a crane, using my fingernails because I didn’t have tweezers. The one pictured below is my second paper crane. It took fifteen minutes to make. The first one took a little longer but didn’t come out as well.

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That is the tip of my left index finger, in case you were wondering what it could possibly look like. silly And yes, those are my initials. I put them there because I shared these photos on Facebook.

A few weeks later I decided to make miniature paper stars. I know that’s not the best picture, but it’s hard getting clear pictures of such tiny things. The smallest ones (blue and white) are 3 mm at the widest part.

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I thought it would be nice if I had a 1 inch tall glass bottle with a cork stopper to put the stars in. I would call it “The Magic Bottle” even though there really isn’t anything magical about it.

I tried making a tiny iris also out of a 0.5” by 0.5” paper, but it didn’t work because there are too many folds that become thick too quickly. It might work if I had really really thin paper. Maybe I’ll try tissue paper.

There’s more coming!