Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

I have found a multitude of resources on the Internet, referencing many different ways to fold origami hearts.

However, this model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. 

I was looking for a model that would be fairly easy to fold for beginners, starting from rectangular paper.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 or copy paper is recommended.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 11

Description: This is a flat, two-dimensional heart. The heart is divided by vertical fold lines on both back and front.

The front of the model can be opened to reveal a message by folding back the two flaps of the heart to the left and right. It is also possible to open the model by lifting up the back half to reveal a message that has been written on the diamond-shaped inside fold.

The instructions below do not include rounding of the top and sides of the heart. Even though some like to do this by folding back some small parts of the side and top edges of the heart to make it rounder, I have not included this so as to keep it an easy project for beginners.


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

Use in scrap books or on top of gifts.

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

If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the top and bottom or in portrait orientation.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 4

Now fold the top and bottom edges to meet at the center. Crease and leave folded.

You should have a rectangular piece of paper with the top and bottom flaps meeting at the horizontal crease line.

Step 5

Next, fold the top left corner downwards toward the center, aligning the top edge with the vertical crease line you have already created.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5

Do the same with the right top corner.

Crease well and leave folded.

There will still be a long, rectangle, lying in a horizontal position at the bottom part of your model, while the flaps you have just folded will have formed an arrow, pointing away from you.

Step 6

Next, fold the bottom left corner upwards toward the center, aligning the bottom edge with the vertical crease line you have already created.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 7

Do the same with the right bottom corner.

Crease well and leave folded.

You should now have a diamond-shaped piece of paper comprising 4 triangular shapes. At the top, there will be two small triangles pointing away from you, while, at the bottom you should have two larger triangles.

You will notice that the tops of these larger triangles are not entirely straight, but they slope downwards on each side of the model.

Step 8

Flip your model over so that you now have a smooth surface, except for faint horizontal and vertical fold lines at the center of your diamond shape.

Step 9

Fold the diamond in half by bringing down its top point to meet its bottom point.

The bottom and sides of your heart have now been completed.

Step 10

To complete the heart, fold the two small, square corners that are now lying together at the top of the model down and away from the center at an angle, so they lie along the horizontal crease line that has already been formed.

If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure these last two flaps.

Step 11

Turn your model over to reveal the front of your origami heart.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2014