What Kind of Origami Paper Should I Use? – Lesson 10

So many kinds of paper to choose from… Confused?
You might find this useful to keep in mind!

Choose origami thats most suitable for your purpose!

Next time, we will start again where we left off with the origami jewelry, and I’ll teach you how to make mini origami for those earrings. But first, I wanted to stop & talk about the different styles of paper you can use.

When you shop for origami paper, you see so many kinds of paper on the shelf. I want to help you choose the most suitable paper for your purpose!

Criteria for Rating: ★★★★★


|   Ease of fold:
(hard) — (easy)
|   Thickness: (thin) — (thick)
|   Availability:  (rare) — (easy to find)
|   Coating: (don’t use) — (works great)
|   Jewelry:  (not suitable) — (very suitable)
|   Box: (not suitable) — (very suitable)
|   Price: ($) — ($$$)
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Standard Origami PaperOrigami paper that's available at most of the craft stores

Ease Rating: ★★★★★
ThicknessRating: ★★☆☆☆
AvailabilityRating: ★★★★★
CoatingRating: ★★★★★
JewelryRating: ★★★★☆
Box Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceRating: ★★☆☆☆

Awesome for practice folds. Most recommended for beginners, and very suitable for unit origami such as boxes and jewelry with coating.

 

Washi / Chiyogami paperJapanese traditional origami paper shows clear difference in your work!

Ease Rating: ★★★★★
ThicknessRating: ★★★☆☆
AvailabilityRating: ★☆☆☆☆
CoatingRating: ★★★★★
JewelryRating: ★★★★★
Box Rating: ★★★★★
PriceRating: ★★★★★

High-end paper that is traditionally used for origami. Most recommended for intermediate to advanced users, and very suitable for gifts and decorations around home.


Printer paperPrint your own pattern to your favorite color!

Ease Rating: ★★☆☆☆
ThicknessRating: ★★★★☆
AvailabilityRating: ★★★★★
CoatingRating: ★★★★☆
JewelryRating: ★★★★☆
Box Rating: ★★★★★
PriceRating: ★☆☆☆☆

Most accessible paper for you – if there is a con, it would be that you have to cut it before use! Recommended for anyone, and very suitable for making boxes because they are sturdy!


Scrapbook paperChoose your favorite from millions of designs!

Ease Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
ThicknessRating: ★★★★★
AvailabilityRating: ★★★☆☆
CoatingRating: ★★★★★
JewelryRating: ★★☆☆☆
Box Rating: ★★★★★
PriceRating: ★★★☆☆

Advantage of this is that you can choose all kinds of patterns! Recommended for advanced users, and suitable for box making. Choose lighter colors and simple origami pieces.


Metallic / foil paperShiny and sturdy paper makes a wonderful origami piece for jewelries!

Ease Rating: ★★☆☆☆
ThicknessRating: ★★☆☆☆
AvailabilityRating: ★★☆☆☆
CoatingRating: ★☆☆☆☆
JewelryRating: ★★★★★
Box Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceRating: ★★★★☆

Absolutely gorgeous for jewelry making! It’s sturdy but you cannot make too many mistakes because every crease shows up on the final product. Recommended for intermediate to advanced users.