Need a Valentine's Day craft idea for kids? How about easy origami hearts? The step by step instructions below will show how to fold paper into hearts.
These paper heart origami are great to use on Valentine's Day for making cards, garland, plant stakes, place cards, and more. This would make a fun classroom craft or for a classroom Valentine's Day party.
Origami is the art of folding paper into shapes and designs. If you want to learn more about origami or find other projects, visit our Origami page.
Watch the video below or read on for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions and learn how to make simple origami hearts.
Do you want other craft ideas kids can make for Valentine's Day? Our Kid's Valentine's Day Craft page has lots of free projects.
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WHAT YOU NEED for easy origami hearts
- Origami Paper or Construction Paper
HOW TO FOLD AN Easy ORIGAMI HEART
STEP 1: Cut Paper
Start with a square piece of paper. The paper can be origami paper or construction paper. The size of the paper will determine the final size of the origami heart. For a larger heart, use a larger piece of paper.
Place the paper on a flat work surface and fold the paper in half. With a scissor cut along the crease line to form two rectangles. One square piece of paper will make two hearts.
STEP 2: Fold Down Center
Place one rectangle on a flat surface with the white side facing up. If you are using construction paper or the paper does not have one colored side, then have either side facing up.
Fold the paper in half and crease as shown above. Then unfold the paper.
NOTE: Origami paper has one colored side and one white side. Place the paper on a table with the color side down and the white side up.
STEP 3: Fold Lengthwise
Fold the paper in the opposite direction. With paper on the table lengthwise, fold the long side up from the bottom of the rectangle approximately 1/3 of the way.
Note that your first crease is in the center of the photo above. 1/3 of the white back of the paper is showing after the fold.
STEP 4: Fold Point of Heart
To make the bottom point of the easy origami heart, fold the right and left sides of the rectangle to the center crease line. Crease along the fold.
Your paper heart should look like the above picture.
STEP 5: Fold the Sides Inward
Turn the paper over. Fold the right side inward as shown above and crease. Fold the left side the same way. Be sure to fold in the same amount on both sides so the origami heart will be even on both sides.
STEP 6: Fold Top Corners
Next, fold the top corners down diagonally and crease the paper. The photo above shows the first corner folded down.
After all four top corners are folded diagonally, it should look like the photo below.
STEP 7: Fold Down Tips
Fold-down the top tips of the rounded part of the heart slightly. See the photo above for a sample.
The easy origami heart is complete. Are you wondering what you can do with these paper hearts? We have a collection of ideas below. And keep reading for some other fun Valentine Craft ideas for kids.
WHAT TO MAKE WITH ORIGAMI HEARTS:
- Garland - Attach paper hearts to a cord to make a garland
- Heart Skewers - Glue or tape origami heart to skewers or dowels and use them as decorations for your house
- Valentine's Day Card - Glue the paper heart to a card
- Bookmark - Use the paper heart as a bookmark
- Pencil Decoration - Scotch tape the paper heart to a pencil and give them out at a school Valentine's Party
- Wreath - Glue or tape origami hearts together in a circle to make a wreath
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