Some (but not all) origami papers are the same as washi. its thicker and the back of the paper feels a little rough, where some origami papers are quite thin, smooth and easily water logged.
They can be done with any paper that doesn't bleed colors when wet, but the thinner and smoother the paper is, the more difficult it will be (washi works well because of its texture and thickness, it absorbs moisture without becoming flimsy or easily wrinkled).
today i successfully blew out my first egg since i was five years old. thanks for bringing back family memories for me. my gram used to do this with me every year before easter and then she stopped. now i can teach this to my husband and someday our children. thank you
I really like this tutorial. As a project it is easy enough to do with any population from young children to senior citizens but the results are impressive enough to please even a well seasoned crafter. I'm going to try this out on my senior citizens crafting group. Thanks.
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Oddly, I bought it at the Oregon State Fair. An emu farm had a sales stand, and I bought two (pre-emptied) emu eggs from them. I still have an un-used one some where (no clue where though!).
The cool part it emu eggs are a dark green color! They are also really thick, my boyfriend has knocked that puppy off the shelf and so far it has survived!
You can buy them online too, they run around $10 each. Since they are natural, the shape and texture varies a lot, so uglier eggs tend to be a few bucks cheaper, and the prettiest ones go for a little more.
I haven't tried it, but I expect tacky glue would work. It might actually be that your paper choice is a bit too thin or you have a bit too much glue on it. I would start by trying to work with less glue, and perhaps thicker paper if you have it. Hope it helps!
Also, if you decide the glue must be the problem, Ben Franklin Crafts seems to be clearing it out currently: [link]
If you have done origami, it is the same as the thicker, rougher feeling origami paper; and it typically has kimono looking prints on it (like the eggs shown at the bottom).
If you can't find washi, just regular patterned paper (like scrap book paper) can be subbed in, but because it is smooth instead of thick and textured it makes it a lot trickier since the glue has less surface to sink in and cling to