Origami Pomanders

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Styrofoam balls for craft projects gives me sticker shock.  I wanted some smaller pomanders to go with my large origami topiaries I made earlier (posted here).  They will be hanging about the ceremony space and on the ends of the pews.  The best thing about this project is no styrofoam balls needed (yay!).  So the cost is the cost of paper and some ribbon.


Paper cut into squares (recommend 4″ or 5″ squares or the pomander will be too tiny).

Ribbon (about 2′ per pomander)

Glue gun, scissors

Maybe a stick/skewer to help thread the ribbon.

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Cost & Time:

The cost is paper.  A 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper makes almost 2 flowers and is about $.20 each (about 7 sheets of paper per pomander). Glue sticks, the cost of your ribbon (I spent $3 for a spool which was more than enough to do eight pomanders).

Folding the flowers takes about 5 minutes each (x 12 flowers); gluing them together in the pomander takes about 10 minutes.


1) Cut your selected paper into perfect squares and make kusudama flowers.  Each pomander requires 12 completed flowers all of the same size.  For instructions on how to make the flower, see this tutorial.

2) Cut your ribbon to length (how far you want it to hang down) –about 2 feet–and fold it in the middle.  Thread it through the center of one of your flowers (this will be your top flower in the pomander).  I had to use a skewer to help thread the ribbon through.  Knot the ribbon close to the ends and pull the loop taut so the knot sits snuggly right at the base of the flower (see the pics below).

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3) Now you will start the first row of 5 flowers.  Take a loose flower and place it snuggly against the ribboned (top) flower so that one of the petals fits between two petals of the top flower.  Make sure the base of the flowers line up with each other.  Glue in place.

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4) For the next flower, you will get a better fit if you match two petals of the loose flower to the two petals of the top (ribbon) flower.  A petal of the previous glued flower (step 3) will sit in-between of the loose flower (picture explains it much better!) —

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Glue three more flowers working around and that completes row 1.  As you go, just make sure the base (pointy end) of the flowers all line up.  At this point you have completed half of the pomander and it will sit flat.

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5) This step is a repeat of step 3 & 4 above.  This is just row two –five more loose flowers glued to the flowers of the first row.  Again, keep the flower base lined up.

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6) You now have one flower left and one hole to fill.  Glue in the last flower.  Look over your pomander and glue up any loose spots.


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Add an extra bow around the base of ribbon if you like.  Or some pretty button/crystal centers to the flowers.


What Can You do with 1000 Cranes?

So after I finished folding 1000 cranes, it was time to wire them for the centerpieces.  This took as long as the folding, which I didn’t expect.  Rather easy, and I really, really like the look.

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Some are wired to go up the curly willow-ish stems, while some are wired to drop down & out from the vase.

This is what they look like in my centerpiece (still a work in progress):

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[the large paper flower tutorial is here]

The Materials:

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Origami Paper Cranes   (can be less than 1000 🙂  )

Floral wire in desired color (I used silver and green)

Craft beads in various sizes (be sure to buy ones that will fit your wire!)

Sticks-I tend to use ones from my yard, but curvy willow looks nice too.

Tools: round nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutter, round object like a pencil (to form the curls in the wire between cranes)

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The Process:

[Note: these are the directions for the dropping down cranes, the process is reversed for the “up” cranes]

Cut your wire to length.  I found that every 3 feet of wire gave me about 1 -1.5 feet of curly strung cranes.  This is a bit trial & error depending on the look you want and how many cranes you are wiring.

Using your round nose pliers (or round object) make a decorative end to your wire.  You will need at least a loop to hold the bead.

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String a few beads and then your  smallest size crane. There is a natural hole at the bottom of the crane, but you’ll have to poke the wire through the top. It felt like I was killing them.

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String another bead and then using your round nose pliers make a loop as close to the bead as you can to hold everything in place.

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Using your round object, twist the wire around so you have 3-4 loose loops and about an inch of space. I used two different sizes for my loops to add some interest.

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Again using your round nose pliers, make a closed loop.  String another bead, crane, bead….repeat until you are about 8 inches from the end of your wire.

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To finish off, make your loops with a round object, a closed loop with the round nose, string a few beads, and then secure with final closed loop.  You should have a few inches of straight wire left to attach to your stick.

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Not So Quick DIY…

…But a great excuse to watch a lot of movies (or hockey playoffs in my case).

1000 Paper Cranes!

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The tutorial I used is here (I needed video to figure it out).

I used the left over paper from my pyramid boxes (see below) to make 3 x 3, 2.5 x 2.5, and 2 x 2 inch squares.

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So according to Japanese legend, I can now make my wish and have it granted by the majestic crane.

The crane motif is used in weddings because the bird mates for life,  is loyal/devoted to its partner, and shares in all responsibilities.

My wedding seems to be taking on an Eastern theme.