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Carambola Flowers by Carmen Sprung. If you’ve been following me on Flickr for a while, you’ve probably seen this picture of Carambola Flowers before – I folded them ages ago!

Carambola Flowers by Carmen Sprung

But since my Pro account is going to expire in a few days time (and I don’t feel like upgrading it again), a lot of my old photos won’t be displayed anymore. So I decided it would be a good idea to share the very best of them on my blog! These absolutely beautiful origami flowers were designed by Carmen Sprung and I just love them! Paper Models of Polyhedra. Kusudama Tutorial part 2. Today I am showing you part 2 of how to make a kusudama ball.

Kusudama Tutorial part 2

You can find the first part here. In part 1, I showed you have to make the individual flowers; you should now have 12 flowers made from 60 individual petals. For part 2 you will need: 12 flowers (made from 60 petals)GlueString or a ribbonBead(s) Balloon lights tutorial. Here in New Zealand we are now in the middle of winter, and when playing around with some LED fairy lights I thought I would combine my love for origami and bringing some winter sparkle to our house.

Balloon lights tutorial

And so the balloon lights were born!! Ok let’s get started with the tutorial! This is what you need for this project: Pretty paper (appr. 20 sheets, mine were 90 x 90mm) on a white or light background. Lucky Wishing Stars Tutorial. You’ve probably seen these little puffy origami stars before.

Lucky Wishing Stars Tutorial

They are really quick to make, and you don’t need any special materials to make them. You can buy lucky star pre-cut strips from origami stores, but you can just as easily make your own from medium weight coloured paper, e.g. scrapbooking paper, or even strips cut from magazine pages – as the strips are so narrow, the original text or image won’t be obvious in the finished star. Anti-clockwise from top left: pre-cut strips, paper cutter, scrapbook paper, magazine page. Now on to the tutorial! To give you an idea of size, I’ve made stars in 3 different sizes to show you:

Make This: A Luminous Faceted Pendant Light » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, pendant, lighting, paper. Remember those folded up fortune-tellers from your elementary school days?

Make This: A Luminous Faceted Pendant Light » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, pendant, lighting, paper

Some kids called them cootie-catchers, but I never really understood the method behind the madness with that one. But I digress, because paper folding prowess was not in vain. Take a longing glance at this beautiful DIY faceted pendant sphere, completely covered in small fortune tellers! Diagrams.


  1. hewhocldntbnmd Apr 19 2013
    Do you know about that one?? I also have a book on making stuff with a dollar bill and also have a one a day calendar that shows you how to do origami stuff but never got through the whole year with it.
  2. hewhocldntbnmd Apr 19 2013
    Nice that you like origami I like making those throwing star ones where you need to rip a regular piece of paper in half then fold them and then fit them together and you got yourself a throwing star.