DIY wall art from origami papers for custom, Asian-inspired wall art

This Asian-inspired, DIY Origami Paper Wall Art adds a global spin to home décor. While it looks expensive, it’s easy to do with origami papers and a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It reminds me of a patchwork quilt, and the colors and patterns in origami papers mix and match beautifully. Or, think of it like a puzzle as you fit the paper pieces together. Customize it as you go, from the papers you select to the pattern you create. (For even easier, DIY wall art, check out my Scrapbook Paper Wall Art.)

Gorgeous! It's made with origami papers, though it looks like a patchwork quilt. So easy to do!

I really love these papers, and wanted to share a close up. The colors and patterns are so subtle – don’t you love the butterflies and dragonflies? If you chose traditional, bright red origami papers, you’d have a completely different look.

Love this idea -- how to use origami papers to create gorgeous wall art.

Doesn’t this remind you of a patchwork quilt?

To make Origami Paper Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12″ x 36″ x 1” sheet
  • Origami papers in different colors and patterns (Kathleen used 14 different prints)
  • Tissue paper, large sheets, one each white & black
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • An old phone book, old printer paper, or other scrap paper
  • Hook-and-loop tape picture hangers
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; large flat paintbrush; soft, clean cloth; optional: paper trimmer

To make Origami Paper Wall Art:

1. Using a sharp pencil and ruler, score a line across the foam sheet, 8” in from one end. You are creating two rectangles, one that measures 12” x 28”, and one that’s 12” x 8”. Note: You can always change the size of your wall art, and use the full-size, 12” x 36” foam sheet for a larger display.

2. Wax the serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and cut on the scored line. Save the smaller rectangle for another project. (You can also experiment cutting the foam sheet with dental floss.)

3. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the 12” x 28” foam rectangle. Cover with a single sheet of white tissue paper and gently smooth it out. Don’t worry about the edges right now. Let dry.

4. Fold the tissue over the edges to the back of the foam sheet, and adhere with Mod Podge.

How to make custom wall art from origami paper.

Another look at the details in the origami papers. As you add your papers, stand back occasionally to see if you like the balance between the lights and darks.

5. Cut origami papers into 1″-, 2″- and 4″-wide strips. Use a ruler or a paper trimmer to keep the edges straight.

6. Arrange the paper strips onto the prepared foam sheet. Start with the larger pieces, and then fill in with the smaller pieces. Trim the lengths as needed to fill in. Balance the light and dark colors, and vary the patterns as you go. Do not adhere the paper till you’re happy with the arrangement.

7. You’re going to decoupage the papers onto the foam sheet one piece at a time. Place your first paper strip face down on a page in an old phone book or other scrap piece of paper. Brush on the Mod Podge, brushing off the edges of the paper piece for full coverage. Carefully lift off the paper with two hands, keeping it from curling. Place it on the foam sheet, and smooth it down with a clean cloth. Repeat, till all of the paper pieces are attached. Let dry completely.

8. Stand back and take a look. If there’s something in your design you’d like to change, you can always add in another strip or two to change it.

9. Decoupage 1” wide strips of black tissue paper around the edges of your foam sheet. Use fingers to smooth it out as you go.

10. Hang with hook-and-loop hangers.

Beautiful DIY Wall Art. It looks like a quilt, but it's made with origami papers and a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam.

Origami Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Who knew you could create such gorgeous wall art from nothing more than pretty papers and STYRFOAM Brand Foam? Here’s another favorite of mine – Faux “Tooled Leather” Wall Art. The richly textured papers aren’t leather at all, and much easier to work with.

Love the upholstery tack accents. Made with paper, so it's super-easy to DIY.

Tooled Leather Wall Art by Kathleen George

Or, how about this wall art made with “metal” discs? That’s really not metal, but very cool papers adhered to discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Wow -- this is made with paper and Styrofoam brand foam. So easy, and lightweight for hanging, too.

Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

Very cool wall art! And it's not metal, it's paper and discs of Styrofoam brand foam.

Metallic Disc Wall Art by Kathleen George

So many ideas, and so little time, right? Well, it’s all pretty easy to do – maybe even easier than shopping around for something ready-made.

What do you think about making wall art from origami paper? I have another DIY wall art project planned for tomorrow, and I can’t wait to show it to you. See you then.

Happy crafting.


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5 Responses to DIY wall art from origami papers for custom, Asian-inspired wall art

  1. Why white tissue paper? Rationale?

    • Sharon says:

      Designer Kathleen George didn’t specify why she used the tissue paper. The black tissue covers the edges, and I don’t know her rationale for the white tissue. Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  2. Pingback: Step-by-step tutorial for stunning, Paper & Bead Wall Art | Crafts 'n Coffee

  3. LOVE the Faux Tooled Leather wall art! Will have to give that one a try!

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