Origami Gifts and Decorations

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Use origami gifts and decorations when you want a homemade touch to purchased presents and a simple solution for unique home decorations.

Origami Gifts

Origami figures have been a part of Japanese gift giving for centuries. Historically, Japanese people have given gifts with noshi, a strip of white paper folded around meat called abalone, to signify good wishes or good fortune. Today, people often use origami envelopes for anything from mailing a simple letter to creating custom handmade wedding invitations.

Giving and receiving cash presents have never been very personal for the giver or recipient. However, a gift giver can dress up a monetary gift by creating money origami heart shapes or origami money flowers. Kids of all ages will enjoy unwrapping a box to find money origami inside. Whether you do a lot of one dollar bill origami figures or make just one figure out of a larger bill, delighted recipients will appreciate both the money itself and the creative way you presented it.

Other ways to use origami gifts and decorations include:

In fact, some origami enthusiasts use discarded figures in place of packing materials when they ship gifts to loved ones far away.

Display Origami Gifts and Decorations

Decorating with origami figures is economical and eye catching. Use holiday figures, such as Christmas trees or hearts, for quick and easy seasonal décor changes. Origami swords are perfect favors at a child's pirate themed birthday party. Even teenagers can make star or heart origami to cut down on prom decoration costs.

Display the more intricate origami figures in a bookcase, on a mantel or hanging from a mobile. Paper of any color or design allows you to match your favorite hobby with your personal interior design style.


Making origami gifts and decorations are the perfect way to put paper folding skills to good use.

Origami Gifts and Decorations