When we started Folding Trees, back in June 2008, paper crafts were often neglected among today’s crafters. We saw the need to showcase that there’s so much more to paper crafting than just scrapbooking, and our goal was to collect the best tutorials we have found on the net, inspire you by highlighting amazing paper creations from talented artists and crafters, and share our own paper crafts and tutorials. Since then, we have written close to 600 posts and found a loyal following of well over 5,000 readers per day. We’re so grateful to all of you who have returned to Folding Trees every day to see what new delights we’ve uncovered! We have also established the thriving Folding Trees Flickr group which is full of beautiful paper art and crafts made by our talented readers. Here are a few of our most popular original tutorials:
Kusudama - Wikipedia, l'encyclopédie libreTwo variations of kusudama 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.Creative Kismet » Blog Archive » little guiding starsSince the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan.
Galaxy de l'origami étoilesWhen my 5 yo goddaughter and I meet up, we love to hand each other our little handmade somethings. She would shower me with sweet girly drawings, scribblings, love notes, masks or a surprise “masterpiece”. Godma would usually make origami iconic symbols. Not long ago I made her a galaxy of stars, one of her favourite shapes. I have complied a list of what I had made to share with you the wonders of star origami.Carambola Flowers by Carmen SprungIf 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! 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! Each flower is made from a single sheet of paper, not from a square though, but from a pentagon. I would recommend using fairly thick and strong paper (80-90 gsm) to fold them – Tant origami paper will be just the right choice!
Kusudama Tutorial part 2Today I am showing you part 2 of how to make a kusudama ball. 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.Video on How to Make a Kusudama With the Carambola Flower by Carmen SprungThis Kusudama can be considered modular origami, and it is based on a beautiful flower model, folded from a pentagon and originally created by Carmen Sprung (Germany). She calls it “carambola” perhaps because of its resemblance to a cross section of a carambola –also known as star fruit. On her website, Happy Folding, Sara Adams (Germany) presents a video showing how to make a pentagon and how to fold the origami carambola. The folding process, as Sara demonstrates, is both easy and pleasing. The Kusudama structure is that of a dodecahedron and made with twelve pentagonal flowers.
paper unlimitedAs mentioned before this beautiful kusudama has Fuse has it’s author. It’s made from six 15 cm square paper and eight 7.5 cm square paper. Very easy to fold and easy to assemble; the model requires some glue/ double scotch tape to hold firmly when assembled. I translated the tassel diagram however I choose to do this variation with beads. I think it’s cute and pretty, overall. It’s also a good change from the tassels.DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, pendant, lighting, paperRemember those folded up fortune-tellers from your elementary school days? 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! This project requires little more than printer paper and patience to complete, and would look stunning in an entry, a hallway, or a dining room. Visit the 3 Rs blog for a full how-to and get to folding!
Origami Diagrams for DownloadThese pages present diagrams that may be freely downloaded and used for personal enjoyment. While "traditional" origami models are in the public domain, the vast majority of published origami designs are of recent authorship and therefore cannot be published or used commercially without obtaining permission from their creators and/or diagrammers. OrigamiUSA is very concerned about protecting and respecting the rights of origami artists, authors, and diagrammers: please see our copyright page for more details.Kusudama Flower Bouquet AssemblyMaterials: 4.6 squares of scrapbooking paper, buttons, 20 gauge white cloth stem wire I've been VERY busy assembling Kusudama flowers for my sister's wedding. My best guesstimate (that IS a technical term by the way! ) is that I'm going to need about 200 flowers for 1 bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, and 3 flower girl baskets. With 5 pedals per flower (which have to be folded separately) that's about 1,000 individual pedals. So, back to the first sentence . . .
Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do ThatJapanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. You could even say I’m the opposite.Printable OrigamiClick the Links to Download! Scroll down to find the links to all of the printable origami diagrams on this site, made into convenient pdf's for you! Just click to download, then enjoy! You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer in order to open the pdf file. You can get Adobe Reader here Show Off Your Origami!!
Fleurs dans un vase kusudamaOrigami Kusudama Flowers are one of the cutest origami creations. It is easy enough for kids to make with little adult supervision. These make a perfect gift for their Mom this mother's day.Kusudama Tutorial part 1The Japanese kusudama is a paper ball made out of multiple identical origami shapes glued together. They were traditionally used as a ball for incense or potpourri but now we see them more for decoration or as a gift. Today I am showing you part 1 on how to make the Japanese traditional shape.
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