This Kusudama can be considered modular origami, and it is based on a beautiful flower model, folded from a pentagon and originally created by Carmen Sprung (Germany). She calls it “carambola” perhaps because of its resemblance to a cross section of a carambola –also known as star fruit.
On her website, Happy Folding, Sara Adams (Germany) presents a video showing how to make a pentagon and how to fold the origami carambola. The folding process, as Sara demonstrates, is both easy and pleasing.
The Kusudama structure is that of a dodecahedron and made with twelve pentagonal flowers. It can be used as a holiday decoration or given as given as a handmade Christmas gift. Here is a video with instructions to put an origami Kusudama together.
Extra Tips to Make the Carambola and Kusudama:
- When folding the paper to make the pentagons, use the first piece of paper folded (picture 1) as a template by placing each of the other pieces above it and then folding (pictures 2 and 3). This will help you efficiently fold all the pieces you need to make your Kusudama.
- Once the pentagons have been cut, color can be applied to the paper for added effect as in this photograph below.
- The paper used was “Tant” and the color I applied to this paper was oil pastel. After laying on the color, I blended it by gentle rubbing with a cotton ball lightly dampened with a drop of -odorless- mineral spirits.
- The finished piece dimension is about 13 cm (5.5 inches)
- The pentagons were made from a square 15 x 15 cm (6 x 6 inches)
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