Japanese Gum Wrappers Double as Beautiful Origami

Rather than just let the small piece of paper that wraps around individual sticks of gum go to waste, Japanese snack-maker Lotte decided to get playful. For each of their 7 different flavors of gum the firm created a series of graphic wrappers, a total of 58 different designs, each with their own distinct look.

The Lotte Origami Club, as it’s called, was borne out of that characteristically Japanese word mottainai, which embodies the the meanings of the words reduce, reuse recycle and respect.

You can see all the designs from the Origami Club over on Lotte’s website, where they also have a few tutorials including how to fold a penguin, a koala and a plum blossom. If you search social media for the hashtag #ロッテおりがみ部 you can also see some impressive user-results.


  1. Very nice. I’ve always enjoyed making origami from tiny gum and candy wrapper, but always had to cut them in squares.

  2. This is very cute. Isn’t Lotte Korean, though?

    • Terri – it’s a bit confusing because Lotte was founded by a Korean businessman in Tokyo, who later expanded the business to Korea. There are now 2 entities: Lotte Corporation (Korean) and Lotte Holdings (Japanese). The maker of this gum is the Japanese latter.

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