A year ago I wouldn’t dare to imagine that I was to be able to fold a kusudama. Until mid-2015 any origami design
- Not all the kusudamas fit in well. As lovely as a kusudama looks in a book, once you start making it, the pieces might not completely fit in. It could also be possible that the final result is a not very solid model because the parts are too loose.
- Don’t use glue. First, because in origami we never use glue – It’s a basic rule. And also, because if the pieces don’t have exactly the same size the last part is not going to fit in anyway. I cut the papers directly from kraft paper rolls or sheets and it’s impossible to obtain 30, 60 or 90 perfectly equal pieces.
- Don’t fold all the pieces at the beginning. AAs I told you in the first point of this list, some kusudamas don’t fit well. For this reason, I recommend folding only 5 or 6 parts. You can anticipate the result and decide If you want to continue or not.
- Use a medium thick paper. For the most consistent kusudamas you can use kami or kraft paper but the best option is to use colored sheets or decorative paper.
- And the most important tip: be patient. Sometimes diagrams can be difficult to decode and putting the first pieces together can be a challenge, but with patience and determination you can achieve it. Let’s go for it!