Like it says in my bio over to the right, there (or down below, if you’re on mobile), I love to make things. For that reason, my approach to Valentine’s Day is usually a bit less “buying a bouquet and a big box of chocolates at the store” and a little more “make a handmade Valentine and cook a nice dinner.”
Also, ever since high school, I have had a habit of folding little gifts for my girlfriend (now my wife) out of paper.
Put those two things together, and you get this cute little Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Envelope, which I will now teach you how to make.
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To make this Envelope, you will need either a letter or legal-size piece of paper. When it comes to using colored paper, ideally you would want paper where one side is red, but that’s usually too much to expect unless you get some really big origami paper in a hobby shop and cut it in half.
A lot of times office supply stores or the craft/printing area of the local Wal-Mart will offer paper in pastel colors, too. At the very least, you can just color the parts you want to be a color with colored pencils or markers.
Or, click on the photo here to order some bright-colored paper off of Amazon.
Step By Step
All right, let’s get started. Begin with your paper face-down on the table in front of you.
Fold the paper in half vertically.
Fold one corner across diagonally, so that the top edge lines up with the side. This gives you a reference point across the center crease which you will use next.
Fold the top edge down across that mid-point reference, lining up the edges and bringing the top corner down to the end of that diagonal crease.
Finally, fold the top edge down to the crease you just made, lining up the edges.
Now, we start making some folds that will be staying. Fold both sides in to the center line.
Fold the top edge down to line up with the top crease.
Flip the whole thing over.
Fold your two top corners diagonally down so the top edges meet the center line.
Flip it over again.
Fold that tip down to meet the next line, folding through all the layers.
Flip it over again.
Focus in on the little flaps at the top of the piece, one at a time.
Grab just the topmost layer and pull it upward so that it meets the table. This should make the extra material create a pocket as shown.
Squash that pocket flat so that the crease along the top lines up with the edge below it.
Do the same thing on the other side, lifting the top layer…
And squashing it flat.
Fold both top corners in to meet the edge.
Then fold the tips down to meet the edge as well. Flip the whole thing over.
As you can see, the heart part is done! Now, we work on the pocket.
Fold the whole thing in half vertically, bringing that bottom edge all the way up to the top of the heart while keeping edges straight.
Fold the top edge back down. The amount isn’t that important.
Just fold down enough that the heart is uncovered and that it hangs past the fold by a good bit.
Pull that folded edge down a little bit. Again the amount isn’t very important – just make sure that everything is lined up for a nice, straight line. Apologies for the extra folds in the photo above, by the way – I accidentally skipped this step the first time around.
Flip the whole thing over and fold both sides in to the center line.
From here, you have two options, because those two sides come back up pretty easily. Option one is to just glue the flaps down. A drop of Elmer’s should work just fine. However, if you don’t have any glue, you can lock the flaps in place with a few folds.
The first is along the bottom. When you look at the bottom, you can see a few folded layers inside the outer layer.
Tuck all of the edges above the top flap and crease the edges.
Here’s what the bottom looks like afterward.
Then, fold the two corners above the underneath themselves, like so.
That should hold it all nicely together. You can still glue the upper flaps down, if you like – otherwise, they will likely continue to stick up a bit.
Finally, decorate the front, and put in some Valentine’s Day treats with a note! Just make sure you aren’t carrying it in your hand or coat for too long – you don’t want to get melted chocolate all over your heartfelt words or your coat pocket.