Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Eighteen and a star kusudama

Those of you who loved yesterday’s stars will be delighted with today’s post. Those who were overwhelmed yesterday should go back through previous posts to find something more personally satisfactory.

OK, I got a little hooked by the locking parts of yesterday’s origami stars. This led to making even more complicated locking parts to make a kusudama.

The individual units don’t look like much,

but when assembled become spectacular.

This is the easiest kusudama star I could find on the internet:

The video seems extremely slow if you are just watching, but I found it useful to have that much time for each step. I usually hate video instruction because I have to keep pausing the video. In this case, I only had to stop twice.

Idnacio Smith’s kusudama part way through:

Mine, part way through.

If you would like to try this, just follow the steps in the video. Be patient and cheerful. It will all work out in the end.  ; ]


After a little practice it took me 2 to 3 minutes to fold a single unit. I will eventually finish the star, just because it will be so beautiful.

You can find plans for even more kusudamas here.





About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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5 Responses to Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Eighteen and a star kusudama

  1. Sartenada says:

    Thank You for new idea! My wife has made these using 3D origami.

    3D Origami .

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. wendyfe says:

    Haven’t made a single star yet…still, these Star Posts are deLIGHTful Cathryn. Thank you! And today’s is a wonder


  3. lcmt says:

    I can’t believe you’re on day 17 already! Time is just skidding away from me. Today I’m going to make three stars for my co-workers–I don’t know which ones yet. I’m grateful you solved my annual Christmas workplace quandary.


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