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Let me introduce you today my latest project – the Origami Poison Ivy Kusudama Tutorial. As you might have already guessed, I am a big fan of Valentina Minayev’s Kusudama designs. (For example my favorite is the Taj Mahal Kusudama.) So when I first saw the Poison Ivy Kusudama, I knew I would like to fold and demonstrate as well.

Poison Ivy Kusudama – Quick Stats

30 Modules; Duo or Kami Paper; Ratio: 2:√3; No Glue; Medium Intermediate Skill Level Required – Not a Beginner Project!

Paper, Ratio & Measurements

The Poison Ivy Kusudama requires 30 units from Kami or Duo colored paper. It is best to use sturdier paper as you might need to open and close certain folds during the assembly. The Ratio of the design is 2:√3. Some popular measurements are: 7.5 cm x 6.5 cm / 2.9 in x 2.5 in; 15 cm x 13 cm / 5.9 in x 5.1 in; 10 cm x 8.7 cm  / 3.9 in x 3.4 in. For the demonstration purpose of this video I used the measurements of 15 cm x 13 cm. Remember, it is always easier to assemble a tricky design, if you choose a bigger size paper!

The paper that I used for the Poison Ivy Kusudama is Duo Colored Paper from Jong Ie Nara!

Folding Of Poison Ivy Kusudama

The folding for this design is nice and geometrical, almost relaxing and relatively short. You might need to get used to fold the large diagonal folds accurately though. From my experience, it is best to fold this crease when this fold is completely horizontal (see video).


Just like most kusudama designs, everything is pretty easy – until you reach the assembly stage! The folding instructions that I saw previously before trying it out myself concentrated on the assembly of the face. From my experience, that gives a very unstable assembly, that is guaranteed to fall apart and cause immense frustration.

The way I found it to be easier and less stressful, is by assembling the first corner – and then continuing from there – corner by corner, until all 5 corners form the first face. Each corner ties the modules together stronger than just the face itself. You can try by yourself, and will come to the same conclusion. Even though this way seems easier, it will still be quite challenging, as some of the modules might open up in the middle. Sometimes the assembly feels like two steps forward and one step backwards – as you will need to balance your work with your hands, advancing with the assembly and re-closing some modules that open up in the middle.

There is another hint I would like to give you for the Poison Ivy Kusudama: when assembling the corners, you will need to open the 3rd unit, slide the 1st unit and and then close the 3rd unit again. Continue with this principle for all corners that you will face during your assembly.

Anyway, take time – I think the pure assembly alone took me more than one hour.


The Poison Ivy Kusudama is a very interesting and clever design – that is a bit challenging, but still fun to do. It takes only 30 modules and can be achieved without the use of glue. Enjoy!

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