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The flowers I make are called Kusudama. (like this one below)
The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units (usually stylized flowers folded from square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Alternately the individual components may be glued together. (e.g. the kusudama in the lower photo is entirely glued, not threaded together) Occasionally, a tassel is attached to the bottom for decoration.
Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.
The kusudama is important in origami particularly as a precursor to the modular origami genre. It is often confused with modular origami, but is not such because the units are strung or pasted together, instead of folded together as most modular construction are made.
It is, however, still considered origami, although origami purists frown upon using its characteristic technique of threading or gluing the units together, while others recognize that early traditional Japanese origami often used both cutting (see thousand origami cranes or senbazuru) and pasting, and respect kusudama as an ingenious traditional paper folding craft in the origami family.
Modern origami masters such as Tomoko Fuse have created new kusudama designs that are entirely assembled without cutting, glue or thread except as a hanger.
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In the following tutorial you will learn how to make a cute and useful origami box by using a square piece of paper. You can use any paper you may have, but the bigger you go the sturdier your paper should be or your box will not be able to hold anything heavy. For this tutorial I am using origami paper I got from Hong Kong.
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1- Begin by getting a square piece of paper of any size, as long as it is square.
2- Fold your paper diagonally (so it looks like a triangle)
3- Unfold and repeat on the other side so you get an X mark like this:
4- Fold one of the corners up to the middle of your X mark (do this for all 4 corners)
5-Your paper should now look like this:
6- Now, fold one side in half like this:
7-Do the same for the other side, then unfold and do it for the remaining 2 sides as well so you will have something like this:
9- Pinch and fold both sides like this:
10-Do this for both sides and bring the flap down
11- Do this for the other side as well and you are finished!
This box can be made in any size, once you fold up to step 7, the square in the center is going to be the bottom of your box, so you can see if thats the size you want.
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