Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Flower Sphere

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Apr 9, 2010

Flower Sphere

flower globe

Here's one idea for using up scraps of beautiful paper. It's similar to a kusadama ball, which is a sphere made from multiple origami flowers.

These flowers, for instance, are cut from 3" squares.

Start with 8-petal flowers, like the ones used for the seven-flower pop up card. However, instead of cutting out one petal, cut out two. Overlap the cut edges and glue together to make 5-petal, cup shaped flowers.

Make 12 flowers.

Designate one flower as the "top." Mine is yellow. Select 5 flowers. Line up one petal of each to the five petals of the top flower. Glue.

You will see that one petal of each of the five flowers aligns with one petal of its neighbor. Glue these together where they meet.

flower globe

Assemble another set of 6 flowers in the same way. You now have two half globes.

Nestle one half in the other. Note how the flowers fit together, between the flowers of the other half, not symmetrically on top of each other.

In the next three pictures I am rotating the globe toward the back. First the top view.

flower globe

Here you can see how the top and bottom halves join. The orange flower is on the top half and the striped and pink flowers are on the bottom half.

flower globe

See how the orange flower fits between the two bottom flowers?

flower globe

Remove the top and spread glue on the bottom. (Some of these papers were two-sided, some were white on the back, that's why it looks so weird.) Replace top.

flower globe

Work around the ball making sure all the petals are aligned properly. I like to clip each pair to hold them in place until they dry.


Bastelfrosch said...

This flower is wonderful.

grandmalee said...

This is so beautiful! This would also be great as a Christmas ornament! Awesome work!

Deb said...

Hi, just wanted to pop by to say thanx for such an awesome blog! Your work is amazing! I found you last month while looking for pop-ups for a Moleskine project that I was doing. I happened on the "cottage" pop-up you have here and used it for one of the books. Thank you for your wonderful tutorials and information here. You are in my Reference Bookmarks.

Next time you're out there in blogsphere, stop by to see the Holy Moley Marathon post on my blog.


1CardCreator said...

I love this flower, thanks for sharing the instructions! Take care. ~Diane

cpeep said...

WOWzer Deb, your books are gorgeous.

Dr Sonia said...

Dear Cpeep
i have been a regular follow up of your site
Infact your site has only inspired me to make pop up carsds. I am actually a Consultant ENT and Head and Neck Surgery but many hobby is card making now after following u.Thanks so much for inspiring me.

The Redhead Riter said...

Wow! That's beautiful

Bonnie in SC said...

So gorgeous. And so much simpler than the kusadama. I think I'll make one out of junk mail in honor of Earth Day and give it to my mom for Mother's Day. lol. Two birds with one stone, I like that.

Mel-K said...

Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for such a clear tutorial. I made a couple of "going away" flower balls for a colleague. I made everyone a coloured 8 petal flower to write their best wishes and then I assembled the lot. It turned out so well and everyone really loved them.

Thanks again so much.