Monday, June 21, 2010

Origami Heart

I was first taught how to make this heart by a good friend, and I've made hundreds of them since- they make sweet cards if you're in a rush or an extra touch to a little note. 

Start out with a rectangular piece of paper. I just took an 8.5x11" sheet of printer paper and quartered it.

We're going to call the bottom part of this the 'square' and the other part the 'rectangle' of this piece of paper. 
Diagonally fold the square

And then the other way

For some reason, blogspot rotates some of my photos. If you have any idea how to fix this, please tell me!
Flip your paper over.

Fold the square in half.

And unfold

Flip it over.

Start squeezing the edges of the fold you just made in toward the center...

...Until you get this....

...and then squish it down flat.

Fold the rectangle in half down to the square

Fold the upper triangle down to the center.

And the other one.

Flip it over.

Fold the entire paper in half... you get a center line!

Now fold the edge in to that handy dandy center line.

And the other one.

Now fold only the upper triangle down.

Because the lower triangle tabs will be folded down at an angle. These will be the two round shapes at the top of the heart.

Tuck them into the big triangle.

Fold the bottom corners up now...

And stick them into the slot too.

You're done! This is what the back should look like.

And the front

You can write a little message in them too. Just unfold it like this...

...Write your message on the inside...

...And re-fold it. Make sure you write instructions for anyone who doesn't know how these are folded!

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