Post # 1
So I have been sort of lurking the DIY section here for centerpiece ideas and thought I would post what I’ve come up with. These aren’t finished but since other people were looking for ways to put kusumda flowers together I though I would show were I was going with them. I did 3 different versions of the flowers. The regular, a bunch of minis made into a pom and a hollow version I invented for variation. So I took pictures of one large wine bottle arrangement (I probably will add more to it) and cluster of 3 beer bottles. They also look really good if you have a line of 6 bottles and do 1 big (6×6 paper squares) and 1 small (3×3) per bottle.
This is the large arrangement with solids of 2 different sizes and 2 different sized poms.
Close up of pom side. (I’m may add more smalls and def going to wrap the stems in floral tape after)
So the small centerpiece is pretty simple.
The only thing different about my version of this then other peoples is the hollow flowers.
After I had done a bunch of solids I deconstructed it and figured out that the edges are the main flower shape. So if you want to do a hollow you just cut the paper squares like you normally would ( My big ones are 6×6) and then fold it on the diagonal and cut at least 1.25″ in from the border along the 2 non folded edges. When you unfold it you should have a frame shape. Then fold it as you normally would= hollow flower.
Post # 4
this looks so classy! I really like the simple elegance =) Nice job!
Post # 6
how’d you put your stems on?.. i think they beer bottles look really cool!
Post # 7
Well since my sister is making pearl bouquets she made a ton of pearl stems and I was going to bunch them together. She sent a lot extra, so I’ve been taking the cheaper pearls she doesn’t want to use and using them for the flowers. So basically if you look up the drill method of making pearl steams – that is how she is doing them. For the tall arrangement I had some skinney reed things around for an arrangment and i cut them to size with sissors and sank the pearl stems in the hollow shaft of the reed after pouring glue down in the reed. I still may cover the reed stems with something, like floral tape. Not sure yet.
See tksjewelry‘s comment on this thread.
My sister hasn’t been doing the dryer sheets and the metal pearls are fine. The plastic I think sometimes would lose paint.
Post # 9
Is there a tutorial you used for these???
Post # 10
Tutorial? Not really for the whole thing. I mean I found how to make the regular flower online and played with variations. (12 flowers together make a ball, all that) The flower is super easy to do. Here is a good one with pictures. – http://foldingtrees.com/2008/11/kusudama-tutorial-part-1/