Cupcake Liner Craft – Origami Kusudama Christmas Ornament!

Cupcake Liner Craft – Origami Kusudama Christmas Ornament!

Origami Kusudama

Here is a fun Crafting From Your Stockpile project perfect to post in early December!  I actually got these cupcake liners from a coupon deal awhile back, and just saved them for some sort of craft project.  After brainstorming and figuring out the most fun project (in my opion) to make with cupcake liners, I chose to make an origami kusudama Christmas ornament!

Whether you love origami, or you just can’t stand trying to read origami instruction diagrams – I would still advise trying this project because it’s not hard and I think they turn out really cute!


First flatten out the cupcake liner, and then fold it in half.

Then fold it in half again into fourths.

Open it back up to the half circle, and fold over one of the quarters so that it lines up with the center crease.

Then open up that fold, and fold over an eighth until it lines up with the quarter crease.

Here’s the tricky part – but doable.  Open up that eighth fold into a circle and then flatten that circle.  You will now have an eighth of the fold tucked into the inside.

Now fold over that last eighth until it covers the “z” shaped fold you just made.

This design forms one side of the “petal” of the Kusudama flower.

Guess what?  Now you get to do the same exact thing on the other side!

Fold over an eighth until it lines up with the quarter crease.

Open up that fold into a circle and flatten it like you did on the other side.

Now that both sides of the petal are done, you need to glue them together.  I believe this is why this is technically not just origami because we are using glue to produce the final product.  I used a glue stick to glue both of the sides and then fold them over so that they line up together and press.  You may have to hold it it a minute for the glue to dry a bit so that it sticks.

Now you have one full petal complete!  If you want to make a full flower – you need to do this 5 more times to make a 6 petal flower.  When you have all 6 petals complete, I would advise using tape to hold each of the petals together.  The glue stick  just wasn’t working to hold them together the way I wanted them too.



Add a string to the top or you can even just place them on the branches of your Christmas tree if you’d like.  I kind of wish I had metallic liners to make these with so that they seem more festive.  Red liners could even look like poinsettias! 🙂

Let me know if you try this.  Send over pictures of yours on your tree!  I’d love to share them with the rest of my readers!

If you have any brilliant crafts you’ve made from items you get dirt cheap/free using coupons, send them my way for possible posting!!

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19 Responses to Cupcake Liner Craft – Origami Kusudama Christmas Ornament!

  1. Oh these are so cute! Great thing to do with my girls while they are cutting out snowflakes from coffee filters! Which is the only thing that decorated our tree this year. I have a bad cat & a chewing puppy, lol. Will remember this for next year.

  2. I just sat here and made one using my glue gun….I’m thinking these might be cool to make and use instead of silk flowers. We are having a wedding at the restaurant I work at and these would be different to attach to the tulle that wraps around the arch…..the wedding isn’t til march so we have plenty of time to make a buttload….maybe scatter a few on the tables too
    Thanks for this clever idea!! I’ll post some pics here if we decide to make them

  3. I love origami and these are very cute. I am going to print these and take them to the Salvation Army to put in their stuff to do for one of their weekly craft nights. They are given all sorts of things to use for crafts and it would be easy to get cupcake papers for this.

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