Kanzashi Yumminess

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Tsumami Kanzashi is a Japanese craft dating back hundreds of years. It’s the making of hair ornaments for women made by folding colorful silk fabrics into flower like designs. It’s so appealing! And to do it right looks like it takes hours of painstaking work. But luckily there are also some less time-consuming examples posted on Craftster.

Here’s a place that sells Kanzashi. It’s got tons of examples of what it can look like.

This website has a bunch of movie clips that demonstrate Kanzashi being made by a Japanese expert.

A few examples of Kanzashi projects on Craftster. (click the pic to see the thread)

More discussion: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19815

And another website to buy beautiful finished Kanzashi from (and other really cool Japanese-inspired handmade things).

Wondering where to buy some fabric to make your own Kanzashi? Ah! Kimono purchases used Kimonos from Japan that are damaged in some way and cannot be worn anymore. They carefully cut the Kimonos into pieces of fabric that you can buy and make things out of.

Wondering where to buy rice paste (the authentic “glue” used to make Tsumami Kanzashi)? Check out bookbinding supply companies like Lineco who sell jars of pure rice starch.

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  1. Leslie says:

    Thanks, Leah for putting together all this great information about kanzashi in one place. =)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your welcome! If anyone has any other good info to add, leave a comment and I’ll add it! 🙂

  3. Katy says:

    Yay! for updating the Craftster blog. And kanzashi is pretty darn cool too.

  4. I was wondering if you knew or anyone for that matter, new how to do the dutch christmas ornaments? They are so beautiful, but forgot how to do it..

  5. Hanamaru79 says:

    I have put up some homemade kanzashi on ebay under search word “kanzashi”. Feel free to take a look. I absoluterly love the craft!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I must say that I was surprised to find this web page, but – – – Good Job.

  7. Sheila says:

    I am going to have to try this out for myself. Thanks for posting this!

  8. rachel says:

    i really really want to learn how to do this and make my own kanzashi.

  9. Hatice Okur says:


  10. Great site. Thanks… 🙂

  11. cWzmuT says:

    Hi! GKHkKeeJ

  12. Ella says:

    I came across your blog on the google search engine and saw a few of your earlier posts that you did previously . I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the great work. i will Look forward to reading more from you again.

  13. ArianaFaNk says:

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my blog something like that. Can I take part of your post to my site? Of course, I will add backlink?

  14. Tuicook says:

    The link to the vids is dead

  15. Mads says:

    literally every link on this page is dead.

  16. sweets4ever says:

    The blog was posted 10 years ago, so that’s not much of a surprise, Mads! 🙂