Origami Paper Folding: How To Fold A Paper Heart

Fold an origami heart on Valentine's day or any other time of year to show that special someone how you feel!

This traditional origami heart is a simple project for anyone and can be completed in about 5 minutes. The only equipment that you really need is a square of paper and an appropriate workspace.

Practice with any square of paper that you happen to have on hand. Paper that is heavier than the average sheet of notebook paper is recommended, however. Start with plain, white copy paper first and then move on to appropriately colored paper (red, pink, etc.) once you have mastered the model. This will help limit any waste of expensive or special paper.

You will also need a stable, hard, flat surface upon which to work. Choose a table or hardback book as your work surface and avoid cushioned or soft surfaces like pillows, beds, or carpets. You have to fold against a hard surface in order to achieve the sharp creases needed for a successful model. Make creases even sharper by running a ruler edge or pencil over each one as you work.

1. Place a square of paper onto your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. Make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the heart is face up.

2. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

3. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.

4. Bring the top edge down to meet the center horizontal line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the paper over.



5. Bring the upper left point of the model down to meet the center vertical crease line. The left half of the model's top edge should also come down to lie along this line. Crease and leave folded.

6. Bring the upper right point of the model down to meet the center vertical crease line. The right half of the model's top edge should also come down to lie along this line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over and note that a triangular shape has been created at its top point.

7. Bring the top point down so that the resulting crease will be located at the base of the triangle. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over and note that two square shaped pockets have been formed at its top edge.

8. Insert a finger into the left, square shaped pocket and open it up a bit. Push the lower right point of the pocket up so that it meets the model's top edge. Hold all other paper layers in place with a free finger. The right edge of the square shaped pocket will open up and the resulting crease line will come up to lie along the model's top edge, as well. Press flat. The result will be a triangular pocket.

9. Open up the remaining square shaped pocket on the left side of the model and push its lower left point up to meet the model's top edge. The pocket's left edge will open and come up to lie along the model's top edge. Press flat into a triangular pocket.

10. Bring the lower left edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.

11. Bring the lower right edge of the model over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.

12. Bring the bottom edge of the model up so that the very tip of the underlying point is revealed. Crease and leave folded.

13. Bring the resulting lower left point of the model up toward the center so that the left half of the bottom edge comes to lie along the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.

14. Bring the lower right point of the model up toward the center so that the right half of the bottom edge comes to lie along the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.

15. Bring the left and right tips of the model back so that the desired heart shape is achieved. Crease and leave folded.

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