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   MATERIALS WHICH I USE for my origami projects

The fun thing about origami is that you don't need much tools/equipment to make something nice.
No need to fill a room with heavy stuff and other materials which are almost impossible to move,
before you can finally start working. And almost the only trash this hobby produces is paper,
paper and paper.
So you're not stuck to one good working place, I fold on the couch sometimes and if the weather
is fine, I do it on a chair in the garden. I lay a book with hard cover on my knees which I use as
a solid folding base.

The basic things I use for origami and other paper projects

I design colored patterns for most of my models. I print these             
pack of standard a4 papers                                 
patterns on standard copy/printer paper.      

I cut these patterns out with a scissors
blue scissors great for paper cutting                                          

                                  I use glue for some of my models, like the flower bouquets.
This is very strong glue and it dries real quick, I can't recommend
fast drying and very strong glue                                  it to everybody.

                                                                    I use a graphic computer programm (Corel PhotoPaint)
                                                                    to design my own origami papers. I print them out with

modern laptop for for mobile working                                                                    an inkjet printer

good printer great for colorful picturesAs you can see I don't need very special things to have some crafting fun. If I know I can't use
a computer for a day, I just print some papers the day before, so I can continue making new

What things do I use for making my flowers?
I need a little more then the above for making my flower arrangements

This is for making my stems
stronger. If the wire is to long for
a stem, I just bend it in half to
make it shorter, so I won't have
to spend time searching for a
large/strong scissors.

green floral wire
I like using small and modern
pots and vases with not to much
printing on it. This makes the
flowers come out more prominent.

cute and small red and pink vases
The stems are inserted in the
foam. Lately, I use a large paper
ball sometimes too, instead of
the floral foam. I found out that
this works fine for smaller

large paperball used for inserting stems and leaves
green floral foam block

What do I use for my other models?!
I just need 1 folding paper for my animals and many other models:

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS

cute and realistic origami panda
origami paper for folding a cute panda

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS

origami paper for making a funny whale
origami whale by joost langeveld

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS

red origami paper for folding a strawberry

red origami strawberries on a pink background

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS

realistic origami banana
yellow origami paper for folding a banana

Colored A4-paper
Sometimes I buy colored A4-papers for
my models. It doesn't have to be
expensive/special paper.
I like using bright colours and most
papers with hard/bright colours aren't
real expensive here.
I made these flowers with colored
A4 papers:

crazy cute kawaii kirigami flowers in a pink pot
pink kawaii kirigami flowers in a paper pot                        

Drawing nice colorful patterns myself
Sometimes I use coloring pencils to make
nice origami papers myself. I draw the patterns
on standard copy/printer papers.

coloring pencils with real bright colours
origami paper with hand drawn zebra pattern
I traced this zebra pattern from a
picture I found on the internet.
I hold a white paper and the original picture
against the window and start tracing
the picture.

I made the paper for this butterfly the same way:

origami butterfly made of a hand drawn patterned paper

The first part of this video shows how I draw my own patterns:

And this video also shows it's not very difficult to draw nice origami patterns:

Other things I also use sometimes:


pile of dollar bills

Banknotes can be great to use too for making nice origami models:

money folded origami zebra

money folded origami pyramid
money folded origami greek buildingMoney folding doesn't have to be real expensive: When you are tired of
a model, just unfold it and put it in your pocket again.


pack of colorful sticky note papers

I made these kind of models with sticky note papers:

sticky note origami daffodil

Daffodils + Leafs                Stars                                  Bug
sticky note origami bug on a large leaf
sticky note kawaii origami stars
There are even complete books available with sticky-note-instructions,
maybe a good idea during a day at the office...


polka dot and plaid wrapping papersMany wrapping papers have real nice colorful patterns and it's easy to fold
large models out of it. It can be difficult to cut good squares out of it,
because the paper rolls up real easy by itself again.

I made these flowers and fireworks rockets with wrapping papers.

pink origami flowers folded from wrapping papers                                                                                                   

origami fireworks rockets folded with wrapping papers'REAL' ORIGAMI PAPER

pile of real origami papers

Sometimes I use 'real' origami papers, I use whatever I already have, I never go
out shopping/searching for it. I made these models with real origami papers:

paper vase filled with bright pink origami flowers
cute kawaii origami box
cute kawaii origami fan

Box                                   Flowers (not the leaves)       Japanese Fans

As you can see there's not really much special required for origami, it's not a big step
to start this hobby and you don't need to spend big money to begin folding

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