Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Intermediate

Steps: 13

Description: This model is a flat heart with a triangular pocket at the front.

This popular model is also sometimes referred to as a heart locket, a heart bookmark, a heart with pocket or a heart envelope.


This is a great project for children and one that many adults might still remember from their childhood days.

Fold this model for Valentine's Day or any time you would like to show a little love. 

Use in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.

The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.

Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children's project or a personal touch.

If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside of the heart is facing down before you start to fold.

NOTE:  This model starts from the preliminary or square base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. 

Step 4

Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.


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

Step 6 

Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Grasp the resulting rectangle at its right and left sides and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.

Step 8

Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat.

The diamond-shaped model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you.

Step 9

Next, fold down the top point, top layer only, of this diamond, so its point meets the bottom center of the model.

Crease and leave folded.

Step 10

Turn the model over and repeat Step 9 on the other side.

You will now have a model that consists of a large triangle at the bottom with two smaller triangles sticking out at its top.

Step 11

To form the top part of your heart, fold both small triangular points down and to the left and right so that they come to rest just above the horizontal line formed by the large bottom triangle.

Press flat.

Step 12

Lastly, create a round shape for your heart by folding back the four small, sharp triangular points on top and at the sides of the heart.

If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the small points that have been folded back to make your heart as neat as possible.

Step 13 (Optional)

You can also fold the back flap of the heart away from the main body at an angle in order to create a stand for your heart. 

Alternative model: 


To create a heart with a band running horizontally across it, lift up the bottom point of the loose flap on one side and fold it up and then tuck it into the pocket of the heart.

The result will be a band that is a different color from the heart if duo paper is used.

If you would like the band to be present on both sides, flip the heart over and repeat the above-mentioned fold on the other side.

Lastly, another option is to create the band on one side and pull the back flap away from the main body of the heart in order to create a stand for the heart.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2009

Revised: October 2022