How to Fold an Origami Heart

By Kat Walcott

Create a delicate and pretty paper heart using basic origami folding techniques. These paper hearts can serve as a Valentine's Day classroom activity, decorations for a party or a creative way to send a love note to a special someone. Since it incorporates very simple folds, make a paper heart if you are a beginner to the art of origami.

Lay the origami paper on a flat surface, colored-side down. If you are sending the heart as a note, write your message now.

Rotate the paper so that it is positioned in a diamond shape instead of a square.

Fold the paper in half horizontally, so that the the top and bottom tips are touching. The paper is now shaped like a triangle.

Unfold the paper. You are back to a diamond shape with a fold line through the center.

Fold the paper vertically, so that the left and right tips touch, and then unfold. You now have both a vertical and horizontal fold line.

Fold the top tip of the paper downwards so that it touches the midpoint of the paper, where the vertical and horizontal fold line intersects. The folded part should look like an upside-down triangle.

Fold the bottom tip upwards, and over the folded top tip, so that it reaches the top edge of the paper. This folded part should look like a triangle.

Fold the right side of the paper upwards so that the inside edge is parallel with the fold line in the center of the bottom triangle.

Fold the left side of the paper upwards so that the inside edge reaches the center, parallel to the inside edge of the right side. You should now have a rough heart shape.

Flip the paper over vertically, so that what was the back of it is now facing you. You should see two small triangles at the top of the shape.

Fold the left-side tip inwards. Align your fold line with the outer corner of the left-hand side top triangle.

Fold the right-side tip inwards. Align the fold line with the outer corner of the right-hand top triangle.

Fold the tip of the right-hand triangle downwards so that it touches the edge of the colored part of the paper.

Fold the tip of the left-hand triangle downwards so that it touches the top edge of the colored part of the paper.

Flip the shape over to reveal the completed origami heart. If your heart is a note, write "open me" on the front so that the receiver knows to unfold it, revealing the message inside.

Tip

If you do not have origami paper, use regular paper cut into a square to complete this craft.

About the Author

Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.