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Valentine's Day Gift Idea: How to fold Mini Paper Hearts

Updated on October 18, 2015
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Peachpurple loves to spend some time to handmade greeting cards and gifts at home. She always reduce trash by reusing them.

mini paper hearts in a glass bottle
mini paper hearts in a glass bottle | Source

Why choose paper hearts?

Every girls and women hearts tend to flutter when they receive cute little gifts from their special someone. Flowers, hearts, stars resemble love in women's heart. I had seen my friends folding little starts, hearts and paper bird crane and stuffed them into a small bottle or big bottle to make them as a gift for their special someone.

I have to admit that these cute little paper folding techniques can easily win over any girls and women hearts because these special gifts cannot be bought. They are self handmade which require time and effort. That is why female companions usually appreciate the male partner efforts they had put in. Mini paper hearts are great for any occasion such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Birthdays, just to name a few.

choose small bottle, pill bottles, baby food jars, use recycle bottles
choose small bottle, pill bottles, baby food jars, use recycle bottles | Source

Have you ever try folding paper hearts?

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Tips about folding mini paper hearts

  • I asked my friend to teach me how to fold Mini Paper Hearts as I find them much easier to fold compare to the other two. Since Mini paper Hearts require less folding instructions, it was a breeze to complete 99 pieces in an hour.
  • You could choose wrapping paper of different designs of fluorescent color papers to brighten up the hearts.
  • After folding the hearts, put all the mini paper hearts into a small or big clear glass bottle and tie it with a ribbon.
  • Do not use dark color bottles because spouse, girlfriend or nieces could not see what is inside the glass bottle.
  • Any beverage bottle drinks or beer bottle could do the trick. As for me, I used a small health drink bottle which is clear to see and what;s more, I just had to fold thirty of these hearts in a short time to fill up the bottle.
  • You could wrap up the bottle with the mini paper hearts in transparent plastic gift wrapper , complete with a bow tie.
  • It would definitely make your girlfriend's and spouse's heart skip a beat for sure ! Do not look down on these mini paper hearts because these cute papers are souvenirs to be show-off for the girls to their friends.
  • They do not take up much space and the more you make, it shows how much your love is ( 99 means forever, a common Chinese custom belief ).



Here are the step-by-step method with photos I had taken when I made them.

Don't wait anymore, give it a try. It is easy and fast.

Grab your friends or family members for extra helping hands if you want to get it done before the special day arrives.

Enjoy !

Stationary photos

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Things you need:

a ruler

a sharp penknife

a pencil

a small bottle

ribbons

some color papers

If penknife is too dangerous, use the scissors!

Step 1 photos..

markings
markings | Source
draw straight lines
draw straight lines | Source
cut it
cut it
tear it
tear it | Source
  • Use a ruler to measure 1.5 inch on a piece of pink paper. Mark it with a pencil at the top. Mark another at the middle in the same column and another at the bottom.
  • Draw a straight line from the top to the bottom, using the pencil marks as the guidelines.
  • Use a penknife to cut along the drawn straight line. Tear it off. You will get one long strip of pink paper.

Step 2 photos..

fold into half
fold into half | Source
cut into half
cut into half
2 strips
2 strips
  • Place the strip in vertical way.
  • Fold into half. Use the penknife to cut it into half.
  • Now, you will have another 2 strips, thinner than the previous.

Step 3 photos..

fold it
fold it | Source
cut it
cut it
  • Fold the pink strip into half.
  • Use the penknife to cut it.
  • You will get 2 shorter pink strips.

Step 4 photos..

fold a triangle
fold a triangle | Source
fold again
fold again | Source
and again
and again | Source
  • Take one of the shorter strips.
  • Fold it into a triangle , as photo shown.
  • Fold up , forming another triangle and again until almost the end of the tip.
  • At the end of the strip, leave at least 2cm space.

Step 5 photos...

cut "X"
cut "X" | Source
remove the upper portion
remove the upper portion | Source
fold in
fold in | Source
  • With the 2cm space left, use a sharp penknife to carve an “X”.
  • Carefully, peel off the top portion, revealing only a small triangle at the bottom.
  • Then, fold in the triangle into a small “pocket”

Step 6 photos...

a perfect triangle
a perfect triangle | Source
use thumb to push
use thumb to push
a mini heart !
a mini heart !
  • Hence, you will get a perfect triangle.
  • You needn’t have to use any glue at all.
  • Just slip in the “pocket” firmly to ensure that it doesn’t come off.
  • Then, use your thumb to push in a dent on the top of the heart.
  • You will see a “V” shape heart. This mini heart is completed.

Step 7 photos...

colourful papers
colourful papers | Source
fold mini paper hearts
fold mini paper hearts
  • Cut out different color construction papers or gift wrappers for a change.
  • Fold as many mini paper hearts to fill up the glass bottle.
  • A small bottle takes up approximately 30-35 pieces whereas a medium bottle takes up 70-75 pieces of hearts.
  • Needless to say, a beer bottle could lead you to burn “Midnight Oil” in order to complete the task.
  • Do invite your friends or siblings to help you to fold these hearts so that you could finish up the task before dinner time.

Step 8 photos...

strip of ribbon
strip of ribbon | Source
paste around the neck of bottle
paste around the neck of bottle

Now for the finishing touch.. the GLASS BOTTLE… Actually, this is the easiest part of all. Just cut a strip of ribbon , roughly the length of the glass bottle neck and use a double-sided tape or white glue to paste the strip ribbon around the neck. You can add a bow tie or ribbon to make the bottle looks cute and charming. Remember to fill up the bottle with mini paper hearts of different colors.

fill the bottle up with hearts.
fill the bottle up with hearts.

To make the special gift extra special, wrap it up with plastic gift wrapper and tie it with a bow tie.

Give this special gift to your girlfriend, spouse, best friend or niece personally , accompanied with a handmade card will be GREAT !

Enjoy folding !!

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Heart pouch
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    • peachpurple profile image
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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks, glad that you like these quotes

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      judalyn eres 2 years ago from cebu city, philippines

      great!thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      sure..you can put in quotes or live notes inside

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      judalyn eres 2 years ago from cebu city, philippines

      nice one! can we put a quote in inside? then fold it back,

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      sweetstickyrainbo

      a jar of hearts to sweep my man across

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      sweetstickyrainbo 2 years ago

      A jar of hearts!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Elsie Hagley

      thanks, let us spread the love word with crafts

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article. With Valentine's Day next week, why not try making a nice bottle of hearts, that will for sure hit your lovers chest in the right place, all full of pretty hearts or better still make it a kids craft to give to their best friend.

      Love helps the world go round, enjoy it.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sweetie

      Thanks for reading. You will find this project worth yr time. Thanks for voting my hub Greatly appreciated

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @better living

      thanks for yr kind comments. Hope that you will enjoy.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Great project. I am voting this hub up.

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      Better Living 4 years ago

      Fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, it is easy , especially for the guys. Hope that you will enjoy folding.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      This sounds like a fun project.