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Origami-Inspired Finds at The Arboretum Store

"Seed Sower," one of the sculptures of Origami in the Garden.
June 28, 2017

Inventive and imaginative, origami comes in myriad shapes and sizes. Large-scale metal pieces, part of our Origami in the Garden exhibition, can be found dotting our tree-lined grounds. Smaller versions and origami- and Japanese-themed accessories, home décor, and more can be found at The Arboretum Store.

Take a look at some of our favorite items.

Origami-themed t-shirts in store display. Origami T-shirts
These soft poly/cotton blend T-shirts will remind you of your Origami in the Garden experience at the Arboretum for years to come. The Store offers three designs—the two cranes of the “Double Happiness” sculpture in red, the paper airplanes represented in the “Folding Planes” piece in gray, and the Pegasus of “Hero's Horse” in blue. The shirts are available in adult sizes S-XXL and in children’s sizes S-L. Adults T-shirts $24, Kids T-shirts $18

Box of origami kit.Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit

This is the perfect kit for origami beginners and children. The kit is the work of world-renowned origami designers and artists Richard L. Alexander and Michael G. LaFosse, who collaborated with Origami in the Garden creators Kevin and Jennifer Box on some of the exhibition’s pieces, including the “Seed Sower” squirrel sculpture. Together, they have selected paper folding projects from several popular origami categories that take the shape of flowers, paper airplanes, animals, and more. The kit contains an instructional booklet, DVD with tutorials, and 62 sheets of durable origami folding paper. $14.95

A faux bonsai tree in a store display. Faux Cedar Bonsai

Enjoy the intricacy and zen feeling of your own bonsai, without all the work. This faux cedar bonsai measures 16 inches tall and comes in its own container. $65

Brightly colored stone cranes on a tabletop. Peace Cranes
These fun tabletop peace cranes, standing at approximately 2 inches and 4 to 5 inches, are carved from soapstone and dyed in bright colors. These peace cranes are a fair trade product from Kenya.  Small $8, Large $14

Earrings made with origami paperWashi Paper Crane Earrings

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibers of plants. 'Wa' represents the word Japanese and 'shi' means paper. These playful and colorful earrings come in a wide range of designs. Each sports sterling silver hooks and a lacquer finish for protection. $22

Cover of origami bookOrigami Butterflies
Michael LaFosse's "Origami Butterflies" presents original paper folding projects from LaFosse's extensive butterfly and moth collection. This book comes with a DVD as well as colorful diagrams and pictures to help readers create all 26 of the original designs.  $19.95