Saturday, January 30, 2010


I have been working on several kusudamas lately. More about them when they are completed. The problem with kusudamas is that they can take a long time to complete, especially when they have 60 or more pieces. So I get bored and fiddle with other foldings. This is one such fiddle.

I am not sure whether this is an original creation or whether someone else has discovered it already. It is not particularly completed, as stars go, although there are a couple of surprise moves towards the end.

The pink star is made from 20 lb copy paper. The two images show the front and the back.

The photos featuring blue paper are a rather messy step fold sequence which may provide the reader with enough information to help them try out the star on their own.

1. Begin by folding a square in half lengthwise and diagonally. Turn the paper over.

2. Halve the angles.

3. Collapse the creases to form diamonds, as shown.

4. Turn to a face with a full diamond. Fold the sides in to the center at the top. Repeat on the four faces showing a full diamond.

5. Unfold and collapse these creases inwards.

6. Turn to a face with a truncated diamond. Fold the bottom tip up to the top edge of the partial diamond. Fold the bottom part in half again. Repeat on each of the four faces.

7. Collapse upwards and inwards.

8. Turn to a face with the flat top. Crease the right side of the bottom section as shown. Repeat on the four faces.

9. Gently push the model flat. Ease the creased sections down.

10. Slowly fold down the remaining four flaps, easing them so that they sit flat and are equidistant between the contiguous folded sections.



Svetlana Kovac from Serbia has folded one of these stars. You will find it here on her "lyraorigami" blog.

I like her choice of paper.

Very nicely done, Svetlana!


Unknown said...

This is a very cute model, and fairly easy to fold. My friends are loving it too! Here's the photo of my effort:

Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM said...


Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.