Origami is a wonderful art form that transforms a simple piece of paper into something simply marvelous. One can prepare hearts, flowers, birds, stars, and numerous other interesting objects, just from a piece of paper.
Origami hearts are not only wonderful for Valentine's day, but also make great decorations on mother's day cards, birthday cards, etc. They even form great gift tags and bookmark. These paper hearts can be used to adorn numerous objects, and because they do not require a large number of raw materials, making them is pretty affordable.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Take a rectangular piece of construction paper and fold it vertically in half. Next, unfold it and fold it once again, but this time horizontally. Unfold it again. You will have the vertical line intersecting the horizontal line, at the center of the paper. Make sure the folds you make are sharp and firm, however, don't press too hard, as this increases the risk of tearing.
Step 2: Place the broader side of the paper horizontally. Now, take the top right end of the paper and fold it downwards and inwards, towards the central line of the paper. You will have a triangle formed. Do the same with the other side as well. You will now have two triangles formed. A rectangular strip of paper will also be present at the base of the triangles which are not a part of the newly formed triangles.
Step 3: Next, take the bottom right corner and fold it upwards and inwards, towards the central line. You will have to overlap the other triangle. Do the same with the other side as well. You will now have a square-shaped formation, with the newly formed folds having flat tops, that stop an inch before the tip of the bottom paper.
Step 4: Now, turn this square over, such that you now have a plain surfaced, kite-shaped piece of paper before you. If you observe carefully, you will find that a kind of flap has been formed. The kite piece and bottom piece are separate. Holding the apex of the kite, gently fold the apex to touch the bottom most point of the kite. Thus, if a kite has four sides; 1, 2, 3, 4, with point one being the apex point, you need to make point 1 touch point 3.
Step 5: You will now have a triangle with its apex pointing downwards, and its base in the center of the paper. You will also find a strip of paper sticking out on the top. This strip has two tiny triangles at both ends, and a division in between. This division needs to be focused upon now. Take the left tip of one division and fold it inwards to touch the base of the bottom triangle. Do the same with the other side as well. You will get a V-shaped structure.
Step 6: Next, focus on the tips of this 'V' structure. Just fold the tips of the 'V' slightly (½ cm). This will give the heart shape a more rounded appearance. Now focus on the sides of the heart. The sides are also pointed, thus, fold that portion (1 cm fold) inwards to complete the heart. Turn the paper over. Your origami heart is ready!
It's quite difficult to explain as well as teach how to make origami hearts without the pictures of each step. Theoretical explanation simply make things so complicated. Nevertheless, give it a shot.