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« on: January 23, 2009 12:59:11 PM »

Inspired by the Holiday Handmade Crusade, I made some ornaments out of old maps.







I used this great tutorial from Folding Trees.  They're very easy, but a bit time consuming... especially the part where you're waiting for the glue to dry.

I've made 3 so far.  The bigger 2 are made from 4 inch squares and the little one is made from 2 inch squares.

I absolutely love these and I'm thinking that next year I might decorate my tree entirely with recycled map ornaments!  If you know of any similar patterns, I'd love a link. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009 01:10:26 PM »

These are awesome!  I'm off to check out that link...  this is a perfect project for using up the "pretty paper" I just seem to accumulate!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009 01:39:01 PM »

They look so intricate, no matter how easy you say it is  Wink

I love that you used maps. Very cute.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 01:54:05 PM »

love it!
i just made one of these for a friends birthday at the begininng of the month out of pages from a physics class we had together, but i dropped. i used paper that i cut to be 6 inches square, so it was sort of big, and i used a glustick to put it all together.

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009 01:57:43 PM »

Those are lovely and a great way to use some of that variety pack of off-cut origami paper I bought, as well as the odd cuts of gift wrap, etc I have been saving.  Thanks for sharing the link.

I would also be tempted to highlight the centres with a bead or something - it just screams "stick a bead in me" to me!
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009 03:51:25 PM »

thank you! this is so cool, i love how your's is made out of a map!
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009 04:59:14 PM »

They are beautiful! And they could be used to decorate year round, not just Christmas.
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009 08:40:24 PM »

Aw... thanks! Grin I'm glad you all like them.

Onyxnox: I like your bead idea! They would look pretty with a little sparkle.
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2009 09:32:05 PM »

Wow!!  Awesome!!

Using maps is a great idea... I think I might try this out with maps of all the places we go to each year.  What a great way to remember the travels of each year!
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2009 11:47:35 PM »

Those look great.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2009 02:21:00 AM »

wow ! Those are amazing !
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2009 11:18:29 AM »

these would make a great bouquet for the enviro consious bride.......  Just put the flowers on sticks instead of into balls. OR  Make giant balls of these flowers.  AND  you get to keep your boquet in the end1  Brilliant!  Now I need to get married again.....  Not that I will, I love my husband.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2009 02:29:02 PM »

these would make a great bouquet for the enviro consious bride.......  Just put the flowers on sticks instead of into balls. OR  Make giant balls of these flowers.  AND  you get to keep your boquet in the end1  Brilliant!  Now I need to get married again.....  Not that I will, I love my husband.

I was actually thinking the same thing!  My sister is very eco conscious and loves origami, so I was thinking something like this would be awesome for her.  But I was thinking instead of adding a stick, it would be pretty as a pomander bouquet.

Now if I could just get that boyfriend of hers to propose. Wink
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2009 03:15:32 PM »

these would make a great bouquet for the enviro consious bride.......  Just put the flowers on sticks instead of into balls. OR  Make giant balls of these flowers.  AND  you get to keep your boquet in the end1  Brilliant!  Now I need to get married again.....  Not that I will, I love my husband.

I was actually thinking the same thing!  My sister is very eco conscious and loves origami, so I was thinking something like this would be awesome for her.  But I was thinking instead of adding a stick, it would be pretty as a pomander bouquet.

Now if I could just get that boyfriend of hers to propose. Wink

Mmm Pomander, thats what they are called, I forgot.  Thats what I ment by "giant balls" 
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2009 12:12:35 PM »

These are amazing!!! Thank you for posting the link!!
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2009 08:37:03 PM »

Very classy! I agree that they would work anywhere and not just on the tree. They really look great!
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2009 11:04:17 AM »

Oooooo I love these!!! Trying desperately to come up with excuses to make them!!! Smiley thanks!
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2009 09:51:12 AM »

These look great!  I love the idea of using maps for the paper.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 10:42:18 AM »

 Smiley These came out beautifully.  You did them so well that I wouldn't be suprised if you could sell them on etsy.  I'd put them up in my house.  I could really see it in a NYC apartment using subway maps. 
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« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2009 02:46:21 PM »

Oh I love that these are made of maps, very pretty
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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2009 03:28:14 PM »

beautifuly done!
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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2009 01:47:03 PM »

those are gorgeous, I'm direction challenge Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2009 04:46:35 PM »

I love these! Wouldn't they be fabulous added to gift boxes?! Thanks for the link.
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« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2009 02:08:28 PM »

Amazing... I love the maps, they make it look so unique! I'm off to the tutorial to give it a try Smiley Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2009 04:58:02 PM »

Thanks for all the kusudama love!
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« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2009 10:07:59 AM »

this is a great idea! I actually stumbled upon the same website and did the same thing but I used newspaper and didn't make ornaments out of them. Very creative, I think next Christmas I'll be attempting this!!!
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« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2009 01:04:57 PM »

OOoo I saw this on the same website too! Yours are gorgeous =)
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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2009 02:19:48 AM »

Nice job! I like that you used old maps to make them.

BTW I found a tutorial for another kusudama pattern if you want it

http://furnitureredesign.com/2009/04/pretty-kusudama-tutorial-origami-modular-ball/
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« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2009 03:45:32 PM »

Thanks, Cricetus89! That one is really pretty.  I love the different colored flower parts.
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« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2009 07:59:11 AM »

So beautiful! I just found this via a friend on Twitter.

I hope you don't mind, but I shared it with my blog/twitter followers. Of course, I gave you full credit. You can see the post here - http://modernemotive.com/blog/2009/12/09/diy-japanese-kusudama/

I really hope I can find the time to try them out myself. I love the fact that you used maps. If only I had some! I might have to hit the used book store to see if I can find some books. Thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2009 05:59:16 AM »

Individual teabag wrappers fold into flower balls a perfect size for a tree.
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« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2010 09:33:42 PM »

These are AMAZING! I would love to see these hanging outside with little lights - they would make beautiful patio decorations for an evening party!
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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2010 09:05:03 PM »

i liked making these...this particular pattern was my first one, but i've tried so many more modulars and they're so fun to fold!
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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2010 10:34:52 PM »

I made this a few months back (having found it on Folding Trees, myself). I do love the final product and have it hanging from my fan in my office/craft room, but I'm not sure I'll do another anytime soon. It was VERY time consuming and I got bored folding the same things over and over again. Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2010 04:27:40 PM »

This would look so cool in a city apartment, especially if you put little lights where the stamins are suppose to be.
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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2013 05:21:19 PM »

These are beautiful!
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« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2013 09:02:14 AM »

Really pretty!
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These are beautiful!
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