Ilyere here, with a informative (?) and long (sorry) post about kusudamas. A foreword though, the word kusudama is commonly associated with the flower, and a kusudama ball with the modular that arises from gluing flowers together. However, a kusudama translates literally as (薬玉; lit. medicine ball), so the term ‘kusudama ball’ is rather redundant. Oh well, the more you know!
If you’ve never made a kusudama before, I did a tutorial on how to make a single flower ages ago, although it was done in an older format. Anyway, here’s some tips to make your average kusudama stand out.
Firstly, what kind of paper do I use? Well, any sort of paper is okay. Patterned paper such as the scrapbooking kind works especially well. If you want to mix colours and patterns together, go for two, or six kinds, that way you can keep the symmetry of the ball. If you don’t care about symmetry, well that’s fine too! Go crazy with the patterns if you like it.
Secondly, decorate your unit. You can use superglue to stick buttons to the centre of your kusudama units to cover the gap in the middle and give it a little appeal. Use any kind of button you want, be it large, neon-coloured, or even pearls! The other option I’ve seen is to insert a quilled flower in the middle of the unit.
Thirdly, string the kusudama with anything you like, as long as it stays in place. Popular choices are twine and ribbon. Thread is okay, but you will need lots of threads bundled together to make it hold up okay. Double knot the top to make a loop to hang the kusudama, if you want.
Lastly, decorate the string so that there is something dangling off the end. Usually beads do the trick. You can also add cranes, or even more kusudama units!
That’s all from me now, hope this inspires you to add a bit of creativity to your work. =)