Kusudama “Hanagaku Mastuba”

Here is another model from Tomoko Fuse’s Kusudama origami book that I love following. The name of this model is “Hanagaku Matsuba”, written as 花額松葉 in Kanji. Roughly translated, you get the words “Flower frame” and “Pine needle”, but I wonder what it could be referring to in this case?

Each unit is composed of four pieces: the square frame, the flower insert, the square flower insert, and the triangular connecting unit. I had similar colours but different patterns to work with.

You need eight triangular pieces and six of everything else.

I like to add a dab of PVA glue to secure some units together, but you don’t need to use glue to make a proper kusudama.

For decorating a kusudama, you can add a thing to hang below the model. I like making twine tassels with the same colour theme.

Use a few knots to secure the thread through the kusudama so that it cannot fall out if it comes undone.

The book also suggests that you slightly curl the petals on the flower inserts. I assembled the model and then curled the petals afterwards using a wooden skewer.

It is a lovely little model, and I think the tassel accentuates the colours.

Materials: chiyogami paper, duo-patterned paper, twine thread

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