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I went to the ranch this weekend to work on wedding stuff. My main project was to get as much of the craft stuff out of my house as possible so I can move on to the next phase of craft stuff.

And so, 23 days after I started, my Kusudama Origami centerpieces are done. I love them!!

27 bouquets of paper flowers


I folded 800 sheets of origami paper and formed 120 flowers over the course of two weekends. I used the Folding Trees tutorial to fold them, and I used glue sticks to keep them together.  It wasn't a big deal once I got the hang of it, and I even took to folding paper at the office while on conference calls.   I threw them all into a massive IKEA tote bag, and mixed them up.  Then, this weekend, I went about forming them.


A glue gun, six flowers


These are the basic materials for assembly: a glue gun and six flowers.  I just picked six flowers at random out of the bag, and the only rule I had for myself was that I didn't want more than two of any given color in any cluster. Otherwise, I wasn't concerned about which colors ended up on any given cluster.  This by and large worked out.  I had six colors, with doubles in the dark purple and the dark green.  My basic color scheme for the wedding is a peacock color, but I decided to add the mango for a flash of brightness.

A line of glue


I used glitter glue and regular glue, because that's what I had. Theoretically it shouldn't matter because the glue seams shouldn't show.  At any rate, starting off, I just applied glue to one side of a flower.

Two together.


At first, I was lining the petals up, but I later just stuck them together however they naturally fell.

I'm not sure how many sticks of glue I went through, but it was a lot.


I'm not sure how many glue sticks I went through, but it seemed like a lot.

Make sure the inside is even.


It's mainly a question of ensuring that the inside lines are even. Other than that, there's no real method.

five


After I completed a circle, I lined all five petals of the final flower with glue and stuck it inside the hole formed by the other five.

26 plus one


26 plus one.  I ended up spending maybe three hours with all the gluing.  It wasn't very hard, just a little time consuming.  I am really glad that I had a pretty large work area to put them on when I was done.

mod podge


Next, I sprayed them all with mod podge in order to ensure that the paper wasn't quite as fragile as it had been.  It is pretty fume-y, so it's best to do this part of the project outside.

Centers


The next and final step was to stick on the centers.  I've seen all sorts of materials used for this part.  I chose plastic jewels from Michaels, which weren't all that expensive.  Maybe $3 per pack of 30?  At any rate, the glue gun is back.

A dab of glue


Fairly straightforward. Stick a dab of glue on the back of the crystal.

Place it on the flower


Place it on the center of the flower.  The glue dries quickly, and it's a good idea to get it on relatively quickly. This is the time most likely that I found I would burn my fingers.

Repeat 5 more times


Then repeat 5 more times.  Having clusters of six was nice, because I knew that I'd go through five centerpieces per pack of crystals.  If I had crystals left over, it meant I missed something.

And they're done!!


This last bit didn't seem to take that long at all.  I just had to trim the little trails of glue that seem to be everywhere after using a hot glue gun, and I was done!

I'd originally thought I wouldn't finish this project until the end of March, but it didn't take me long at all!

Materials:
http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/
1X Blue Green Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Blue Violet Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Light Blue Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Green Origami Paper 6      $2.75 plus shipping    Total: $19.63

1X Mango Yellow Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Blue Violet Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Light Purple Origami Paper 6      $2.75
1X Light Green Paper 6      $2.75 plus shipping  Total: $19.63

http://www.michaels.com
6 x Jewelry essentials 30 piece 16 mm faceted acrylic jewels    approx $3.00 Total approx $36.

Had on hand:
2 small and 1 large Avery glue stick
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

Total cost: Approximately $65.

Comments

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gttygrl
Feb. 23rd, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
These are so beautiful! Brilliant idea for centerpieces.

Edited at 2012-02-23 10:40 pm (UTC)
popgurlie
Feb. 23rd, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
they are just so lovely! what a wonderful thing and a fantastic job!
suzannemarie
Feb. 24th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Lovely!
fallconsmate
Feb. 24th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
how beautiful and creative!!

and you certainly couldnt have had fresh flowers for anywhere CLOSE to that price!!
badrahessa
Feb. 24th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
They came out perfect! modge podge was a great idea too.
rainbow
Feb. 25th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
so beautiful! ♥
madjack
Feb. 25th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
beautiful!!
These look great!!
carlamlee
Mar. 5th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
This is freaking awesome and gorgeous.
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