Guest Author - Michele G. Desmoulins
Origami paper can be expensive and it may be difficult to find a design that appeals to you. So why not just make your own origami paper? Here's how..
You will need 3 items:
• Cheap tin foil
• Tissue paper
• Spray glue
The tin foil must be the thinnest you can find which is usually the cheapest. The origami paper gets thicker as you fold it so this is why the foil should be as thin as possible.
The tissue paper can be the kind you find in the bargain store for a dollar or as elaborate and expensive as you want. There are many supply stores and card and gift shops that sell beautifully designed and high priced tissue paper if you wanted something very special.
Origami paper is exactly square. The dimensions may vary but, they are always a
measurement of an exact square. For example, if you are starting out, an 8x8 piece of paper is fine.
For advanced origami enthusiasts, 4x4 dimensions are better. Cut a precise square of tin foil. The best way to do this is with a paper cutting tool. Most art supply stores will carry these if you don't already have one.
Next, lay the tin foil, shiny side down, on a flat area that is protected from the spray glue. For example, on the floor or table top, covered with a sheet of plastic. Make sure this is in an area where you can leave the foil flat until the glue has dried.
Then spray a very thin layer of glue on the back of it, as evenly as possible. Now, take a sheet of tissue paper, that has been cut larger than the foil, and place it carefully on the glue covered back of the foil.
The best way to do this is by hanging the tissue over the top edge of the foil. Then drag the tissue down, horizontally, over the glue sprayed foil. Once the tissue is attached, smooth out any wrinkles.
If you want to make a lot of origami paper of one design, then unroll a long sheet of tin foil and follow the above instructions. Make sure to adhere the tissue paper carefully and smoothly. Once the glue is dry, cut the paper in to exact squared dimensions. Then you'll have yourself a stack of origami paper.
If you want to create your own origami paper design, then you could add several layers of tissue. Slightly over lap different colored and different patterned tissue paper on to the back of the glue sprayed foil and smooth out. This will give you some texture to the origami paper as well, without too much extra thickness.
You could even make your own gift paper for Christmas, birthdays and other holidays. Choose difference designs of tissue paper that reflect the holiday or personality of the person you are creating the paper for.