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BookFest Demo: Origami Kusudama Flowers
July 11, 2020 - September 7, 2020
To celebrate Summer of BookFest, we’re hosting free, family freindly demos in bookmaking, printmaking & more! Play along with materials from home, or visit our online Shop for demo artmaking kits.
A bouquet that never wilts! Origami, the art of folding paper, is a useful technique for creating all sorts of sculptural pieces. Learn how to create an origami bouquet with materials from home! In this tutorial, we’re using recycled book pages and decorative papers from our Origami Kusudama Kit, available in our online Shop.
Create an entire paper bouquet, or add a few fresh flowers from your garden! Perfect for a sweet little gift, or to make your space a little more homey. Suitable for ages 10+, young children may need assistance.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
• 5 sheets of square paper per flower, approx 6″X6″. Experiment with paper size to create different size flowers!
• Paper cut into small strips, 1 per flower center, approx 1/2″ x 8″
• Glue or gluestick
• stick or wire for stem (we use chopsticks)
FIND OUT MORE:
Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were originally displayed as a spherical cluster and used for incense and potpourri. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words “kusuri”, Medicine, and “tama”, meaning Ball. Kusudama flowers are typically glued or sewed into a spherical shape, smell really nice, and hung up to promote good health! Now, Kusudama are typically used as decorations, or as gifts, with multiple ways of folding, and also turned into individual flowers (like our bouquet). If you’d like your Kusudama flowers to smell nice, drop some essential oil on each paper petal!