Kusudama Triple Pancake

Kusudamas were used in Japan to store medicinal or simply aromatic herbs. It was believed that natural aromas are beneficial for physical and spiritual health. There are a huge number of kusuda models, Japanese origami masters today are constantly coming up with new designs for these original paper crafts. Kusudama is a wonderful decoration element for any interior.
We bring to your attention the classic kusudama, which is called the "Triple Pancake". This model got such a strange name by the name of the folding method. Kusudama is not as complicated as it seems at first glance, you just need to be more careful in the sequence of manipulations and carefully follow the instructions. The sharpness of the folds is also of great importance for the appearance. For kusudama, six identical square sheets of paper with a side of at least 21 cm will be needed. A smaller square cannot be folded nicely, since you need to make many folds. Paper weight is also important, ideal the same as office paper. Kusudama from paper of the same color looks beautiful, but squares of different colors also look beautiful and original ...
1. Fold a diagonal square to draw auxiliary lines.

2. Bend all corners to a center point (intersection of lines).

3. Turn the workpiece upside down.

4. Now you need to bend all the corners to the middle again.

5. Turn over the workpiece again and repeat the previous operation again.

6. Repeat the previous step.

7. Turn the workpiece upside down.

8. Open the pockets with your fingers. Compare your blank with the sample in the photo, all lines and folds should be the same.

9. Turn the workpiece back over again.

10. Lower the corners.

11. Open the pockets. Check yourself, compare your work with that in the photo. All fold lines should match.

12. Turn over the workpiece.

13. Bend and slightly open 8 triangles. Better not bend them to the end, so Kusudama will look more voluminous and more beautiful.

14. In order to make Kusudama look more lace, you can slightly bend the center corners or twist them up with a pencil.

15. The last stage is the assembly of the model. Collect kusudama by inserting modules into each other.

Kusudama is ready. She does not need additional jewelry, but if you really want to, you can add multi-colored woven cords of thread.