Spring Flower Ball /Shunka Temari


Shunka Temari aka Spring Flower Ball, 6 units

Modular origami is back! This time, I’m authoring it. However it wouldn’t be possible without Sakuradama (KAWASAKI Toshikazu), Temari Sakura (FUSE Tomoko) or some beautiful kusudamas like Plumeria Flower Ball or Petunia Flower Ball (Meenakshi MUKERJI). And of many more kusudamas! Thank you very much!
As soon as I find the last two kusudamas (they are stored) I’ll photograph them and post them here. They are very beautiful! You can see the Sakuradama on this post and the Temari Sakura on this post and this more recent one!

Shunka Temari aka Spring Flower Ball, 12 units

This one was though to be floral, so hence the name: Spring Flower Ball or, in the japanese version, 春花手毬 or 春花てまり. Despite the name, and the original intentions, the floral look is best achieved in the 30 units’ model. It was thought to welcome Spring, too. (:

Shunka Temari aka Spring Flower Ball, 6 and 12units + 6 units variation

Once again you can find this origami in Waribashi! You can click here to view/ download the pdf.
The best folding paper for this one is thin paper, but strong too. Any kraft paper provides these qualities; there are many wrapping papers that are good for this, too. You should fold a couple of units first to test the paper and the assembly. With kraft paper, or similar, 7×7 to 9x9cm / 2,75×2,75 to 3,5×3,5″ are best; if you use copy paper (80g/m2, for example) it’s best to use squares of 10 to 13cm / 4 to 5″ (side length).

Shunka Temari aka Spring Flower Ball, 6 units, variation

Unit folding has many steps but is, even though, simple. You need to crease well all folds; the next step usually inverts the fold or uses it as a guideline. If you don’t understand the fold you may, and should!, look at the next steps: the fold is either complete or further explained. In the final steps two variants are shown; they give the finished model a different effect.

Notice that these units allow symmetric, or mirrored, units so be attentive; all units need to be of the same type because “left” and “right” units don’t fit into one another.
Some assemblies the unit allows are with 6 units (cube or hexahedron), 12 units (starred octahedron) and 30 units (starred dodecahedron or icosahedron). If you plan on assembling the cube, you only crease the top and bottom of the first crease so you can use it as a guide for the second step. On all the other assemblies you need to fold that crease.
On the cube all units are assembled in a 3-3 basis, «petals» or not. On the octahedron they are grouped as 4-3, flowers with 4 petals, and with 30 units as 5-3, flowers have 5 petals.
Have fun folding!

PS: There are more variants of this kusudama. They will be presented soon! Soon as in next month or the other (; They’ll be presented as soon as I find the time to complete the diagram and fold all the models… Well, and photograph them but that’s the easy/ fast part.

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Flowers for peace and relief


A flower to liven up all those who need it!

shunka temari, origami kusudama

In these harsh times in which people, like us!, suffer in Egypt, Libya and, for very different reasons, Japan, I offer this flower for some peace and relieve. (And, unfortunately, in many more places with famine, diseases or simply no freedom of will and/ or speech!)

Made to welcome this Spring, may this flower bloom in you the need for tough.
So that when one presses a swich for electricity it may come in a way that no people suffer if a tsunami or earthquake happens. After all, “clean energy” should be clean.
So that everyone may live in peace and with all the dignity one deserves.
We all inhabit the same house, it’s called Earth. Let’s care for each other and for our home!

shunka temari, origami kusudama

Origami: Spring Flower Ball or, if you prefer a japanese name, 春花手毬 or 春花てまり. Made by yours truly, it will be presented soon. With a diagram.

new logo!


After two years of personal discontentment with the site’s logo, I finally put my hands to it…!
The previous colours were cinnamon & vanilla; now I’m more on strawberry & chocolate — whipped cream too, if I name the white! The (drawn) elements are still the same — because I really like them — but they were redrawn and reshaped a bit. The layout is a bit cleaner too.
I now have mixed feelings about the paper sheet colours/ gradient so an alternative version might appear soon. Or somewhat (not so) soon…

Now I can focus on other stuff. Origami related but not only. Also there is a high probability that the next news/ post are about cherry blossoms (;

origami 3D heart


These are similar to the 3D stars already posted! As them, these can reuse various papers: wrapping paper, origami paper, publicity or pretty sheets of paper. I made these in two colours only but can do them in various shades of red or whatever colours you wish! More visual appeal will be achieved with a set of two colours however.

For first tries either a 20x420mm /0.78×16.5″ strip of paper (from an A3 sheet) or a 10x297mm /0.40×12″ (from an A4 sheet) strip are good sizes. The more the paper weights the larger can the strip become. Best results come with longer strips!

Another second version diagram of the waribashi magazine. Download or view the 3D heart diagram!
Basically you make a knot with the strip; you crease the resulting pentagon real well; you turn the pentagon into an irregular one. Since the pentagon is no longer regular you have to make slight adjustments as you fold without creasing. As soon as the heart has enough volume you hide the strip tip into the folded heart. Most times there’ll be more paper on the strip than needed. The last step is to inflate a bit the heart. The result is a simple 3D heart.
Depending on the length of the strip you might to do more than the steps shown. If that happens you can still use these steps to guide you; if you keep folding you’ll need to repeat some steps, equal or similar to the ones in the diagram.

Oh, happy Valentine’s Day! Or happy «Single by Conviction Day» (; let it be your way!

アケオメ! (;


A Happy New Year for everyone! I also hope you had a fantabulastic Christmas!
If you don’t really connect with all this I just wish you’ve had some great days of vacation… or work! (;

One of my resolutions is to keep the blog up and alive with more beautiful folds. One a month! If more, the merrier! (:

Happy folds,

bookmarks: simple & lotus flower


An item that any book lover, or book user, never has too many: a bookmark! The japanese word for bookmark is しおり・栞. These are just one type of origami bookmarks, more will be featured here in the future.
I learned both of these bookmarks as traditional, if you know otherwise, please let me know! (:

simple and lotus bookmarks

This is one of the simplest origami bookmarks there is! You can use paper with different colours/ prints on both sides and it results as well as simple paper and prints… The diagram is here! Hope you enjoy it. Scroll down for the other diagram and info on the other bookmark.
A square of 7x7cm/ 2,75″ will end up in a bookmark with 3,5×3,5cm/ 1,37″. Papers of 10×10 or 9x9cm (3,94″ or 3,54″) turn into nice sized bookmarks!

simple bookmarks

simple bookmarks

I prefer the lotus one… My love for (almost) anything flowery on action, perhaps. But I use this one mostly at home, the lotus petals became a bit jaggy when used on books I carry with me… Click here for the diagram, another waribashi one, too.
This bookmark is best made with paper that has the same colour or print on both paper faces. If not the other colour print will show on the outer petals. A square of 9x9cm/ 3,54″ results in a bookmark with 5,5cm/ 2,16″ wide and 4,5cm/ 1,77″ tall.

lotus bookmarks

lotus bookmark

lotus bookmarks

A pack of 3~5 bookmarks is a nice extra in Christmas and birthday presents… If you offer a book, why not offering some bookmarks, too? And even if you don’t offer a book, you can still offer bookmarks! (;

simple and lotus bookmarks

kusudama: v-shape module & variation


I know you’ve all missed Tomoko FUSE’s lovely kusudamas so, here it is! A beautiful one, too. As most, if not all, are :)

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

The name is V字135度/ V-shape module and for the variation 中折れV字135度 or V-shape module with additional folds. This one is in a Origami Tanteidan Magazine number 109.
Oh, I must say that I have read some comments regarding that there were difficulties in buying OTMs. I will buy some more around Easter, so I’ll post about it when I do. Until then you might try to buy them from a japanese book store, a fnac or some japanese items related store, perhaps…?
You can also stock on some pretty wrapping paper for doing or testing kusudamas! After all, Christmas is already that close (; and this is the season for pretty papers around us (:

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12&30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

First the ones with additional folds! The ones above were the test ones, made in kraft paper, in yellow and orange. The 30 units in orange and in orange and yellow the 12 units one. I love them… And they are only in kraft… They really bring out the beauty in the paper (:

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 12 units

Now with a cherry blossom themed origami paper, the 12 units one. This one I assembled it differently from the first! You can see the difference if you look at the holes in the kusudama; these have a 4 point star shape instead of the 3 point star shape (; I like both. I might be repeating myself, but beautiful is the word to say! I like this kusudama so much!

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

v-shape module with additional folds, 30 units

This is also origami paper, a traditional pattern in green and yellow; this is a 30 units kusudama.
This kusudama doesn’t need glue as most of Fuse’s kusudamas and is really sturdy! Be it in kraft or in a stronger paper. All papers were 7x7cm/ 2,75″. Both 12 units kusudama have a diameter of 7cm/ 2.75″ and the 30 units one of 10cm/ 3,94″. The diameter of the one without additional folds is 14cm/ 5,50″.

v-shape module & variation, 30 + 12&30 units

v-shape module & variation, 30 + 12&30 units

v-shape module, 30 units

In these last pictures a 30 units kusudama of the variation unit, without the centre/ additional folds. I like the kusudama better with the centre fold but I really like the fact that the unit permits simpler assemblies (: The paper has the same size of the other ones but the fewer number of folds make the unit larger and, as such, a bigger kusudama. This one was also made in origami paper with a traditional pattern!

traditional: lotus flower (water lily)


The lotus flower, also known as water lily, as mentioned in previous posts (such as traditional: water lily/ lotus flower and lotus flowers (: more recently) is associated with new beginnings, and, in India, with the god Ganesh which is, also, the god of new beginnings. It’s also associated with purity as it grows in muddy and unclean waters and it’s always clean and beautiful. The japanese for it is 蓮の花・はすのはな meaning lotus flower (I’ve also found references to 蓮華・れんげ with the meaning of lotus flower!) and also 睡蓮・すいれん as water lily and both are used when naming diagrams.

lotus with two layers of petals

If this is the first lotus flower you make you might want to try the simpler one, with two layers of petals as shown on the diagram, and on the picture above. After that, you can add one or even two layers of petals to the lotus flower.

lotus with two and three layers of petals

This traditional diagram, another one made for the waribashi magazine, introduces the Blintz base: a common base used in flowers, animals and even some modular assemblies. This is the second version of the diagram, basically a enhanced version, and I completely forgot to identify the Blintz base; step 2 of the folding sequence is the Blintz base. (Actually in the original diagram I might have misspelled Blintz for Blitz, too; let us hope I proofread it!)
In this diagram some steps have explanation lines to make it somehow clearer; they are in portuguese and english and are very brief. I also included hands for you to know how to position your hands. A real step by step diagram this time around! Perhaps too much? Take great care when you pull the petals as the paper might tear! If it does, keep going; do another one, or how many it takes for you to understand how much pressure you should use and how to hold the paper for it not to tear. Good luck!
In this diagram if you use a big or thin paper you can repeat step 2 and do three layers of petals instead of two. Or, if the paper is big and thin, and perhaps with a bit of wet folding, you can even add a fourth layer of petals. In the picture above the orange lotus flower has three layers of petals and the other two, two layers each.
You can also do this model in paper napkins to garnish a table! It’s quite useful as a cup or a glass coaster! (;

block folding: turtle


A traditional block folding model. This is a very simple diagram with at least two variants; the blue and green turtle is from the main diagram and the smaller one, in earth tones, is the variation one.
The base piece is the same for all block folding diagrams. These turtles are assembled almost identically to the fish; the main difference is how the “paws” are joined in between the assembled body pieces. The assembly varies a little for the two turtles! Almost not noticeable.

block folding turtles

Once again, this model does not need glue but you can use it to enhance the models’ resistance.
The blue and green turtle was made with office notes, the ones without glue and the smaller one with some heavier and patterned paper. And smaller size pieces too.

block folding turtles

The diagram is very simple and only has the assembly diagrams, for more on how to fold the base piece, please check the block folding fish diagram out.

origami: 3D star


These little stars are wonderful to reuse paper: wrapping paper, origami paper, publicity or pretty sheets of paper. You can make these stars as a gift or as you watch tv… Most of mine were done while I waited for my laptop to process my commands, no comments, please… (;
You can find kits with many different types of paper strips too! Iridescent paper, glow in the dark paper, pearl paper, … I have yet to buy one of those kits but I’m quite curious to see the effect of some of those papers in the stars.

misc paper 3D origami stars

If it’s the first time you make one of these stars perhaps it’s best to start with a 20x420mm /0.78×16.5″ strip of paper (from an A3 sheet) but you can try 10~15x297mm /0.40~0.60×12″ (from an A4 sheet). The more the paper weights the larger can the strip be.

misc paper 3D origami stars

You can click here for the diagram. This diagram is the second version of the original one for the waribashi magazine. Yes, another waribashi diagram! And a basic one, too (;
Basically you make a knot with the strip; you crease the resulting pentagon really well and after that you fold, no creasing here!, the remaining strip around the pentagon. On the last steps the star gains some volume so you inflate the star a bit by pushing the half of each side of the pentagon to the centre; if you can visualize better it’s almost as if you pinch each two adjacent sides of the pentagon. The result is the same: a nice 3D star.

black and white 3D origami stars

The first stars can be weird or even not so good looking but after a while you’ll be making perfect stars. As soon as I find my black paper I’ll restart doing black stars to fill a jar with black and white stars. These are the first ones I made in black and white only.