Valentine’s Day is almost here, and while some people are out spending hundreds of dollars on expensive jewelry and flowers, my wife and I have always favored a more hand-made, DIY approach.
So, ever since we started dating, I started making these origami paper heart valentines. These are easy to make (even for people who have never tried folding paper before), look very cute, and can even hold a rolled-up message in their center.
Whether you do get your significant other that bouquet of flowers or just the heartfelt message with dinner, these paper hearts add a nice personal touch.
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The red paper can be just plain old computer paper, or can be special origami paper – they sell it in bunches at book stores and in hobby shops, but you can also buy some by clicking on the image to the left.
Step By Step
Ok, so I will take this step by step. Start with the side you want to show down on the table.
Fold the paper in half horizontally.
Fold in half vertically, then unfold.
Fold the top edge down to the center crease, lining up the edges of the paper for a nice, straight line.
Crease the paper with your thumb and flip over, rotating around until the folded edge is toward you.
Fold the two bottom corners diagonally up to the center line. They should line up with each other as shown.
Crease well with your thumb, then flip over again so the point is away from you.
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the point so that the center line and the point meet. Fold through all the layers.
Now, you see those two long flaps along the bottom? We’ll be working with those next.
Grab just the uppermost layer and pull it down until it’s flat on the table. This should create a triangular pocket-like space.
Push the top of that pocket down so the crease in the middle lines up with the edge beneath it. Then crease its edges so it sits flat.
Repeat for the other side, pulling down the uppermost flap…
…and squash-folding the triangular pocket.
Fold the bottom two corners to line up with the folded edge.
Then fold the bottommost tips up to meet that same edge.
Two steps to go! Now we fold those two side wings horizontally in to the center crease.
Then, fold the two top corners away from you, tucking the paper into the pocket behind the point underneath.
The fold should make a diagonal to the center point like shown.
Flip over, and there you go!
The center has a pocket on both sides, so just write your message, roll or fold it up, and tuck it inside!
It also goes great on the front of a card or on top of a present!
Happy Valentine’s Day, all.