DSP Kusudama Ball – Video Tutorial

Hi, my name is Julie, and I am a Designer Series Paper Hoarder ;).  Wondering what to do with all of your retired DSP???  Well, look no further!  My inspiration comes from this photo from Convention 2011:

I searched and searched and searched for tutorials on how to make this and finally found one.  I recreated it with Springtime Vintage DSP and I can’t wait to hang this beauty in my stamp room!

So… do you want to learn how to make one for yourself???  Here’s my video tutorial!  Please forgive the cutoff at the end – I need a larger memory card for my camera – oops!  If you have ANY questions – please let me know!  And, if you decide to try this, let me know so I can see your beautiful creation!


Stamp Sets  n/a
Ink  n/a
Paper  Springtime Vintage DSP (retired) – cut into 30 6″x6″ pieces
Accessories  Blushing Bride 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon, Glue Dots, Bone Folder

12 thoughts on “DSP Kusudama Ball – Video Tutorial

  1. Wow! I am impressed! I've got to get some of my retired dsp out and make some of those! This project could backfire and I might end up having to purchase even more dsp. If that's the case, I'll be sure to blame you, LOL!

  2. Wow, I am impressed too! Can't wait to check out the video and see if I am up for this challenge! Your sample is gorgeous!

  3. @Anonymous I hope you'll check back here – I'm not able to respond to you directly!

    My suggestion is to start by putting 5 pieces together to make a star. Then add one piece at a time after that.

    The next piece you add after the 5 pieces of the star will connect 3 pieces together. It's the trickiest piece to assemble (besides the last piece) because you have to insert the points at what seems like an awkward angle.

    Just keep in mind you will only have intersections of 5 or 3 pieces throughout the entire ball. The intersections of 5 pieces will be slightly inwards in the center of the stars and the intersections of 3 pieces will be outwards.

    I hope this helps! Please feel free to email me if you need any more tips. Thanks!

  4. What a complicated project this is, and what a beautiful job you did with the tutorial. Really! This video is one of the best made craft tutorials I've seen. I'm pinning you now! (It won't hurt a bit.) You've given me the courage to try this.

  5. Julie, I just wanted you to know that I saw your ball on Pinterest. (I am the commenter above.) I re-Pinned you myself, because the pin I found had an invalid or secondary link, and I always try to find the original post before Pinning. All of this is the long way of saying, that just my pin alone has had 80 rePins, and I'm no big deal in the Pinning universe. You should feel very proud about a beautiful bit of work, expertly explained, and enjoyed by so many others. Thank you.

  6. And if I want a sphere with a diameter of 60 cm, how much will be measure the square of paper. please??? (Sorry for my bad englis) I Hope you Understand.

  7. @Adéla Kludková I'm so sorry, but I am not sure what size squares you would need for that? My squares are 6-inch x 6-inch and the ball is around 7 inches in diameter. So you would probably need paper that is at least 60cm x 60cm.

  8. Great video tutorial. It was fun to make. If you would like to check mine out at: vaversproduction.blogspot.com
    Thanks again, Renate

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