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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

PAPER
pack of standard a4 papers                                  
I design colored patterns for many of my models.
I print these
patterns on standard copy/printer paper.      
                                            
SCISSORS
blue scissors great for paper cutting                                  
I cut these patterns out with a scissors
                                          
GLUE
fast drying and very strong glue                                  
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
it to everybody, really.

TRANSPARENT TAPE
transparent tape
I use tape to make large models like vases and boxes stronger.
I also use it to make models look more shiny, like candies.

COMPUTER+PRINTER+INK
modern laptop for for mobile working     good printer great for colorful pictures                                                               
I use a graphic computer programm (Corel PhotoPaint)
to design my own origami papers. I print them out with

an inkjet printer
                                                                    
As 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
models.


Things I use for making my Origami Flowers
I need a little more then the above for making nice arrangements

FLOWER/FLORAL WIRE
green floral wire
This is for making stronger stems. 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.


POTS AND VASES
cute and small red and pink vases
I like using small and modern pots and vases with not to much
printing on it. This makes the flowers come out more prominent.


FLORAL FOAM/LARGE PAPER BALL
green floral foam block     large paperball used for inserting stems and leaves
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 arrangements.
    

Papers I use for many of my other models
I just need 1 folding paper for my animals and many other models:

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS
Origami Panda paper                                           origami panda

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS
Origami whale paper                                           origami whale

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS
Origami Strawberry paper                                           origami strawberries

REQUIRED                                                  TO MAKE THIS
Origami Banana paper                                           origami banana

REQUIRED                                                 TO MAKE THIS
Origami Rooster paper                                          Origami Rooster




Colorful A4-papers
Sometimes I buy colored A4-papers for my models. It doesn't have to be
expensive/special paper. I like using bright colors and most papers with
hard/bright colors aren't real expensive.
I made these flowers with colored
A4 papers cut into foldable squares:
Kawaii Origami Flowers    Origami flowers    Origami vases
                                                                                  These longneck vases are folded out of
                                                                                  exactly one a4 paper each (no cutting)


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

Zebra pattern                                Origami butterfly
I traced this zebra pattern from                 I made the paper for this butterfly the same way
a picture I found on the internet.
I hold a white paper and the original
picture against a window and start
tracing the picture.


I made this paper myself by drawing colorful circles on a white paper
and used it for folding a firebird:
Origami Firebird paper    Origami firebird

The first part of this video shows how I draw the Firebird paper:


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



Other things I also use sometimes

Aluminium foil  ALUMINIUM FOIL

Aluminium foil makes models extra shiny and silver colored.
I glue / tape it on white papers first, to make the folding more easy.

Studded high heels                                      Paper birdcage

These high heels are decorated with Origami studs.            This birdcage is made of paper sticks with
The studs are made of white papers and aluminium foil       aluminium foil wrapped around them.


Origami heart bangle    Aluminium foil Bangles    Aluminium foil Bangles
Aluminium foil attached to white papers is great for making beautiful bangles.
The heart bangle on the left is made out of one long strip.
Click here for a video with me folding the heart bangle




pile of dollar bills  Banknotes

Banknotes can be great to use too for making nice origami models:
money folded origami zebra    money folded origami pyramid    money folded origami greek building    Money Origami skirt

Money folding doesn't have to be real expensive: When you are tired of
a model, just unfold it and put it in your wallet/purse again.



pack of colorful sticky note papers  POST-IT NOTES

I made these kind of models with sticky note papers:
sticky note origami daffodil   sticky note Origami stars   sticky note origami bug   Origami baby pig
Daffodils + Leafs              Stars                                  Bug                                     Baby Pig

Origami Banana    Origami Marsh Mallows
Mini Bananas                              Marsh Mallows

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 papers  WRAPPING PAPERS

Many 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 or rectangles
out of it, because the paper rolls up real easy by itself again.

I made these flowers and shopping bag out of wrapping papers:
Origami Geranium    Origami flowers    Polkadot shopping bag
Origami Geranium         Pink Flowers                          Polkadot shopping bag


Wrapping papers are also great for decorations like this table skirt:
Paper table skirt

                                                                                                  

Newspaper page  NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES

Sometimes it's great to use newspapers for making fashion or flowers:
Newspaper dress    Newspaper flowers    Newspaper pots
Origami newspaper dress                 Newspaper Origami flowers      Newspaper Origami flower pots

The advantage of using newspapers is that it's cheap and the papers are very large.


Dollhouse fashion shop
The two advertising boards on the left are made of cut outs from fashion magazines.
And the doormat is cut out of an advertisement folder with home improvement ideas :)

Fashion folder    Red shirt dress    Origami flower
Cut outs from fashion magazines are great for folding Origami flowers.
I made a flower bouquet by cutting red squares out of fashion magazines.
Click here to watch a video with instructions for making these flowers




pile of real origami papers  'REAL' ORIGAMI PAPER

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:

cute kawaii origami box     paper vase filled with bright pink origami flowers    cute kawaii origami fan
Box                                   Flowers (not the leaves)        Japanese Fans




Photo printer GLOSSY PHOTO PAPERS

I often use thick photo papers for folding boxes and vases, I print a nice pattern
or color myself. Photo paper makes solid boxes and vases and the models come
out very shiny and bright.

Origami diamond box       Origami cake box       Origami vases
This diamond box is made from      I folded this cake box out of               These vases are real useful and also
a purple pattern printed on thick    photo papers with a selfmade            folded out of thick photo papers.
photo paper                                        polkadot pattern





Fabric stack  'REAL' FABRIC an (REAL) CLOTHES

Sometimes I try to fold an Origami model using real fabric: I glue a piece of fabric
on a paper square to make the folding easier. The paper also keeps the model in the
right shape when it's finished.
I also use real clothings as decoration for things like small tables which I made out of cardoard.

Origami purse        Tiger print dolls dress        Origami flowers  
Paper Rainbow
I made this purse out of a piece         This doll dress is made by         This small and decorative table
of PU leather which is glued on a       just wrapping a t-shirt                is just a cardboard box with a
white paper square.                              around a fashion doll                 yellow skirt wrapped around it.

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. Most materials
are common available in many shops.
 


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