5 Fun Items You Can Use as Origami Paper

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If you’re already an origami buff, then we have some amazing suggestions for some fun origami paper substitutes that you can use for impressive results. Even if you’re only just setting off on your origami adventure, some of these items may be ideal for your starter kit. Take a look at our suggestions and try them out for your upcoming projects because you are going to love the results!


1. Newspaper

Newspapers are a cheap and efficient alternative to traditional origami paper. Not to mention that your projects will look very hip. So, if you’re starting an origami project in the near future, try to use some pages from an old newspaper to get an entirely unexpected result. In fact, the older the newspaper, the better, because you will get an awesomely vintage look.

lottery tickets

2. Old Lottery Tickets

We all know it is crucial that you hold on to lottery tickets to make sure that you’ve checked them properly and find out if you have won any of those huge jackpots. This means that you might have some old lottery tickets safely stashed somewhere. If you’re not a lottery winner, there is still something that you can use the tickets for and that is origami. Lottery tickets are always colorful, which makes them perfect for origami paper. Just take a look at the amazing model in the picture below to see just how much you can do with it.

wrapping paper

3. Wrapping Paper

Once you’ve unwrapped your gifts, there is one more thing that you can do with that brilliant wrapping paper. It will make excellent origami paper because of its glossy texture and the fascinating patterns printed on it, so make sure you put it aside for your upcoming projects. As you can imagine, the ideal wrapping paper for origami is printed on both sides and it is thick enough to be folded multiple times.

book pages

4. Book Pages

For a rather artful origami project, you could try using book pages. Moreover, if you use a page from a book that has some special significance to you, it will be all that more meaningful. You could even plan the origami project so that it highlights a certain word of phrase, but even if you leave the words entirely up to chance, we guarantee that your project will look absolutely fantastic.


5. Letters/ Emails

While snail mail is barely used these days, you may have an old letter that means something to you. And what better way to honor it than integrate it into an origami project? This way, it could be a token of the story behind it. Instead of letters, you could print out an email that is special to you and use it for your origami paper. In fact, since you can choose the paper it is printed on, we recommend that you opt for a thicker and glossier paper as this will provide you with the best of results.

As you can see, there are so many options available for origami projects. Experiment with these amazing substitutes for origami paper to get some stellar results. Whether you opt for the wrapping paper, the letter, or the old lottery tickets, your projects will look absolutely fantastic.

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