Monday, April 12, 2010

Kusudama Flowers

Leslie Lillard is a graphic designer with a penchant for fresh flowers. Of course it's not always possible to obtain the real thing, so when she came across Japanese kusudama, Leslie recognized the folding art just might satisfy her craving for room brighteners. She began making flowers from a variety of papers and later opened LLillard Designs from which she sells bouquets, along with pretty origami note cards and boxes.Kusudama flowers clustered on top of a wedding shower or engagement gift in place of a bow would be a sure attention-getter.Perhaps the bride would carry them at her wedding rehearsal, or considering how elegant they look with ribbon bound stems, even at the wedding itself.Composed of 3 inch x 3 inch squares of paper, the flowers mainly require time and patience to construct. If you'd like to try your hand at creating some, tutorials can be found at Folding Trees. Or ask Leslie to make you a beautiful custom bouquet.

11 comments:

onelovelygurl05 said...

I love these flowers!!!

Melissa said...

LOVE the flowers! And I also really like those boxes.

pam said...

I am surprised you aren't in the middle of making dozens and dozens of these! I am so tempted to give them a try! They would be a lovely addition to my Easter tree! AND my Holiday tree! Oh and my Butterfly tree!

I hope these aren't hard - I have talked myself into it!

Ann said...

Very pretty, I've actually seen these before and tried making one. They are actually pretty simple, more time consuming than anything else

Stefani said...

Love these flowers!

Vidhya Ganesan said...

Adorable flowers!

Cards by Cheryl said...

I really do love this technique. I am going to have to dive in an try it out.

Thanks for sharing Ann...I continually find inspiration from your blog.
Cheryl

Quill Seeker said...

These flowers are beautiful! It is amazing how elegant paper flowers can be.

Jo-Ann said...

I folded one quickly while at my desk at work today and the folding part wasn't difficult, but they weren't as perfect as the ones pictured. These are really pretty and I’m sure with practice and time I could make them look as nice! thank you for the inspiration, I think the next gift I give will be sporting a bouquet! :)

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Ann, What a coincidence - I just finished my second Kusudama ball this morning! They are so fun and easy to make. I will be posting a picture on my blog in a couple of days. http://trinitypaperarts.blogspot.com
I ordered some red foil paper last night to see if this would be a good possibility for Christmas gifts. Thanks, I really enjoyed your post. Louise

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm; these flowers always seem to be real attention grabbers no matter where there's a post about them. Pam, you are right... I really need to get busy and make some myself!

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