Complex Paper Floral in Vase

This blog post describes how to create a complex origami bonsai sculpture in a vase.  This vase is made of glass and has a smooth surface.  With little or no friction, how can we create a sculpture that won’t require some heavy medium inside the vase, or fall over in the slightest breeze?  The answer involves a little bit of ingenuity and craftsmanship.

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I molded two vines to the vase. I didn’t need to cover the vase because any makigami rolling solution that got on it could be easily cleaned off the glass.

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I put a plastic bag around the vase to protect it before I attached leaves and flowers to the vine.

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I had trouble figuring out how to get the tall flowering stem to stand up in the vase. I didn’t want to add any medium to the vase. I thought that perhaps some long grass would keep the sculpture stable.

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I attached a makigami base to the bottom of the tall stem.

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You can see that the branch won’t stand up straight in the vase without its makigami base.

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With the makigami base the stem will stand up, but the slightest breeze knocked it over.

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I added three pieces of long grass hoping that they would stabilize the sculpture.

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I discovered that the long grass helped, but didn’t solve the problem. Now a stronger breeze caused the sculpture to fall over.

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This is a closeup of the grass and how I used it to stabilize the long stem.

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I decided to reconfigure the grass so it would act like a spring when inserted into the vase.

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It worked!

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The long grass compresses as the sculpture is inserted into the vase and acts like a clamp stabilizing the tall stem.

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Here’s the sculpture along with its ivy.

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Notice how beautiful and natural looking the ivy is. It looks like it grew around the vase.

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Another closeup of the ivy.

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The completed sculpture.