TUTO The “cherry blossom” cup in Japanese paper

Summer evenings, long and mild, are ideal for pleasant family moments around a nice table and a good meal! This summer, we have prepared a series of three tutorials to teach you how to make Japanese paper decorations for your summer tables: cherry blossom-shaped cups, colorful tealight holders and patterned coasters! 

For this first DIY “Feet in the water”, we will see how to make pretty cherry blossom shaped cups to slip in some treats during an aperitif. These cups can also be used as storage compartments to store all your little mess!

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These few decorations can also be used the rest of the year to bring a colorful touch to your interior but also for the holiday period to create a pretty table decoration.

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In order to make pretty cherry blossom shaped cups, you will need:

  • 3 squares of Japanese paper measuring 15cm by 15cm to obtain 5 rectangles measuring 15cm by 7.5cm of Japanese paper ( for a medium flower )
  • 3 squares of Japanese paper measuring 20cm by 20cm to obtain 5 rectangles measuring 20cm by 10cm of Japanese paper ( for a large flower )
  • a glue stick

NB: To obtain your 5 rectangles , take your 3 squares of Japanese paper for origami , 15cm by 15cm for a medium flower and 20cm by 20cm for a large flower .
By cutting your square in half, you will obtain 2 rectangles with the dimensions necessary to make your cup. Repeat the operation 2 more times to obtain your 3 other rectangles.

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  1. Position the sheet as shown in the drawing, with the white side facing you. Mark the medians.
  2. Then mark along the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  3. Fold the bottom left corner according to the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  4. Fold the sheet in half by folding the left part over the right part.

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  5. Mark along the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  6. Bring the bottom left corner inside the figure by reversing the folds marked previously.

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  7. Fold the right part, from above the fold to the inside of the figure.

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  8. Fold the top left corner according to the dotted lines.
  9. Fold the figure in half, tucking the bottom of the fold behind the top.

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  10. Mark along the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  11. Mark along the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  12. Fold the bottom right corner along the fold indicated in dotted lines.
  13. Fold the bottom right part according to the fold indicated in dotted lines.

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  14. Open the inside of the figure slightly. You get a petal. Make 4 more petals following the explanations from the beginning.

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  15. Assemble the petals by fitting them into each other, and glue them as you go.
  16. Open the assembled petals.
  17. Glue the first and last petals together to finish your cup.
TADA! Your cup is finished!

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    I also made these “cherry blossom” cups from Japanese paper in a more festive range in warm tones for a Christmas item around the table decoration “6 DIYs for a festive table” !

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    I hope that this first tutorial will appeal to you and will make you want to make pretty summer tables for your evenings with family or friends!

    Discover our 2 other tutorials in the “Feet in the water” series:

    See you soon for new inspirations and creative ideas around Japanese paper.

    Have a great summer!

    Adeline

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