Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to whip up a little origami project to say I love you!
We will be making a cute little heart (with a pocket and flap) that you can write a joke on or tuck a love note or candy into!!
They would also make excellent party name cards, surprises in someones purse, briefcase, or lunch box... or how about putting one in your Love's coat pocket, car, or winter hat?
Let's give it a try!
Step one. Start with a square piece of paper -- pretty side up. I used a 6 x 6 inch in the demo and the heart shrank to about 3 inches tall; which was a perfect hand size for me.
Step two and three. Take the bottom left hand corner and bring it up to the upper right hand corner to make a diagonal fold (left pic). Next take the bottom right hand corner and bring it to the upper left hand corner (right pic).
Step four. Unfold the square you will notice you have two diagonal lines making a big X on your paper!
Step five and six. Fold the bottom edge up to the top (left pic). Then fold the left edge over to the right edge (right pic).
Step seven. Unfold the square and you will be left with the original paper with lines across, and up and down.
Step six. Flip your piece of paper back over so that the pretty side faces down. In this step, you are looking for the square that was made from the folding outlines. See how the folds sectioned the paper into fourths below.
Step seven. Here you want to pull the paper in behind that square we found in the last step. See how part of the paper gets tucked in behind the square.
You'll know you have it right when you now are holding a square 1/4 the size of the original piece of paper with the pretty side tucked inside the square. (Yes, I switched my demo origami paper in between steps, ha!)
Step eight. Turn your square so that the open flap part is now at the top of the square. Lika so...
Step nine and ten. Take one of the arms from the top and fold it down to the bottom point (left pic)-- which should now also show off that amazing color in the middle! Now, flip the square over and repeat the same thing here... pull the arm down to the bottom point (right pic).
Step eleven. At the new top now you can see there is a split between what could be two antennae; grab the left antennae (left pic) and pull it down past the half way a bit and on an angle to form the top bump of the heart. Yes, it's ok to be artsy here... many angles will work and you just want to make sure you pull enough down that you can tuck the antennae into the pocket in the middle.
Step twelve. When you get you top bump looking like you like it... then press to create a fold and tuck that little flap in.
REPEAT Step thirteen to create the right bump.
Step fourteen. a.k.a - the easiest step. Admire the artistic folding job you have done so far and flip the heart over. (pic shows the 'backside' of the heart with the flaps tucked in)
Step fifteen. a.k.a. - the other easiest step! Check out the pocket (left pic) and heart flap (right pic).
Step sixteen. Proceed to play!!! Here are some of the things you can do with your new Valentine or any lovey-time heart...
1. Put goodies in the pocket!!
I have to admit not a lot fits in the pocket, but part of the fun is trying different things!
In this one, I wrote a name on the front and then tucked a joke in the pocket.
NOTE: When writing on the front, using permanent maker, expect bleed through! I put a folded piece of scrap paper in the flap while I wrote on the front to prevent this.