Frankly, my little tray got really tarnished. Granted, I haven't yet tried to clean it, but from someone who owns an original version, the set definitely seems worth replicating rather than paying high prices for. The red and purple stars and green shapes are just tissue paper... very basic. EDIT: Wait, I might take that back. I'm second-guessing now. They were either tissue or a very, very thin silky material. But I think tissue. Thin, almost flimsy feeling, either way. The tan colored pieces felt like pressed straw, if that makes any sense. They had a corrugated feel to them, or ridged/rippled. Not very good at describing these things, but they were a thin material, though thicker than the tissue, obviously.