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Easy Origami Heart
Origami Hearts are Fun!!Click thumbnail to view full-size
I am going to try and keep this as simple as possible. I think this craft should be easy enough for all ages and skill levels. I'll try to lay out out so the instructions are easy to read and brief.
I just want to say that I started out with origami while working as a public librarian. This was usually the first craft I started with. It's been quite some time since I've tried my hand at this so I am a bit rusty. It's also the first time I've done instructions online with this type of activity.
I hope you find it fun. Please feel free to share comments with me.
Get your origami Paper
Take your origami sheet - and make sure there are two different colored sides. You will see why when you do the exercise.
Origami Paper can be bought at almost any craft store and some department stores. It should cost you between $1 and $5 dollars for a nice pack of sheets. Some are basic colors and some have designs like animal skins
Make sure you have sheets with different colors on each side - in many cases one of the colors will be white.
Start out with a square sheet
Find a nice surface
Find a nice smooth and dry surface to work on.
Set your sheet down flat.
a quick note on the instructions
I'll try to keep the instructions brief and simple.
The photos were added as visual aids. You might be able to follow along, but I am hoping the instructions will work best.
I have to apologize for the quality of the images as I have a simple camera.
Fold Your Paper in HalvesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Your first folds
Fold your sheet in half each way:
1) Fold it in half from side to side. Crease.
2) Unfold it
3) Fold it in half from top to bottom. Crease
4) Unfold it.
Your first major fold that you keep folded
5) Now fold the top edge down to the middle crease.
It doesn't matter really if you fold the top or the bottom or one of the sides.
Just fold one edge to the middle as in the last image from the set above.
6) Now turn flip the paper over so that the back is now the front and the front is to the back.
Flip the paper over (notice the colors)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Keep the folded part at the top (images are above)
7) Keeping the folded edge at the top (with the fold away from you) fold in the outer corners.
8) Take the right corner and fold it in towards the center using the creases as a guide.
9) Repeat with the left.
See images for assistance
You should have something that looks like this
Your paper should look a little bit like the picture above.
The inner parts of the triangle should match the strip at the bottom.
you should have some flaps on the side that are the opposite color of the rest...
Take a little break...your opinion please
Are the instructions easy to follow so far?
Just a few words
Origami instructions are sometimes hard to follow, but I think learning how to read and write instructions is much more important that watching a video. I place a lot of importance on written communication because I grew up in an era when you had to write papers - often by hand with a pen or pencil.
I think this generation is losing a lot of this and there really is something important about learning from reading and being able to communicate your ideas to someone with the written word
In addition, many of the origami manuals I've come across seem to be have been translated from the Japanese - which makes sense since paper folding has its roots there. However, sometimes certain concepts seem lost in translation and many of the books I've come across have used phrases that seem a little peculiar or odd. That isn't meant to be disparaging (rude) but when I read "flapping bird", "crafty owl" or "running car", I realize that the phrase used originally must have been more poetic than it sounds in English.
Just a few thoughts....
Flip it OverClick thumbnail to view full-size
Flip your object over again
10) Flip your object over again. When you flip it over, there should be no strip at the bottom. Your triangle should look the same color except for at the top.
I have to apologize for the mixed up photos, but I am still getting used to how to use my phone's camera.
11) Fold in one side to the crease as in the second picture above. Press down and crease.
12) Repeat with the other side and press down and crease.
Your paper should look like the first image below.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Follow along if you can
Try to read the instructions and if they are confusing....let me know.
I tried to keep the images consistent and cover most of the steps.
You should now have what looks like a house...
13) Keep the triangle pointing up...and take the left bottom corner and fold it up along the middle crease. Press tight.
14) Repeat with the right bottom corner and fold it up along the crease. Press tight.
You should have what looks like a diamond and both points should have matching colors. (If not, don't worry, move along with this and if we have to do it over, we can).
This part gets a little trickyClick thumbnail to view full-size
There are a couple of tricky folds in this one...
15) Take the top part of the triangle and fold in in half - towards the bottom. Don't crease it over though, just bend it over.
As you fold it over, you will see a flap on each side appear. They almost look like a bow tie.
16) Fold it flat and push down on the triangle that is formed. See the third and fourth image above for a good visual.
Origami is unique because it uses folds to create edges that form images. Some of the folds are more obvious and by that I mean you fold the paper in half or up.
Sometimes though, in more complicated objects, you will create creases and folds and then unfold. Sometimes those creases will help you do "tricks" with the paper and create nooks and crevices which almost look like secret compartments. These will serve as slots to help lock in other folds and make a tight design.
There is a reason for every step in this type of paper craft and I hope you will continue with more in the future.
Some more foldingClick thumbnail to view full-size
The final steps
17) With your "bow tie" folded flat, take the right edge and fold it inward so you have a triangle folded into the side. Crease and press flat.
18) Take the right edge and fold it towards the crease as you did with the left side. Crease and press flat.
These pictures are upside down for a better viewClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cleaning it up
The pictures are inverted for a better view.
After you made your folds, there should be triangles at the top. We want to smooth out this rough edge:
19) Fold the top triangle down so it meets with the original crease from the "bow tie".
20) Do this on both sides. See images above.
Almost doneClick thumbnail to view full-size
Finish it up
21) Take the top triangle and life it up slightly. You should see a "pocket" in the triangle below.
22) Lift the pocket open slightly.
23) Tuck the top triangle into the pocket.
You are finished. Flip it over.
Make more. Give them to friends or at parties.
Flip it overClick thumbnail to view full-size
When you are finished
I hope you managed to find these instructions helpful. I know it seems a lot of work for a small product. This is not just a neat little heart, but I hope it served as a great introduction to origami.
If you want, you can hang these on the wall for a decoration, use them in a homemade card, or tuck a sweet or little note inside the pocket.
You can see the value of using sheets with two different colored sides in this exercise and I hope you got to know some simple origami folds.
As origami becomes more complicated, the folds are quite intriguing.
if you enjoyed this please let me know. If you found it difficult or unappealing, please tell me.
thank you and Happy Day to you !