Text-Only Instructions

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

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 7

Description: This is a simple, flat, heart-shaped card with a pocket at the back. Although it is heart-shaped, it opens to the left and right, like an overlapping pamphlet.

The front of the model seems to slope downwards to the right, which creates an interesting feature, making the right side of the heart appear larger than the left and giving an impression of depth to the finished model.

The card has three layers. To open it, lift the first flap to the left and then the second flap to the right.


This pocket card can be used 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.

You have a choice in Step 7, where you could either fold the sharp points of the heart backwards and glue them securely, or you could opt to cut the top of the heart in a more or less round shape. You will have to experiment and decide which method you prefer and which looks neater.

Adding cuts to an origami model is considered to turn it into kirigami, where folds and cuts are combined to form decorative and useful objects.

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

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.

Step 2

Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge to form a rectangle. Crease and leave folded.

Step 3

Fold the left edge of the rectangle over to meet the right edge to form a vertical center crease line. Crease and unfold.

Step 4

Now fold the left and right edges to meet in the center. Crease and unfold.

Your rectangle will now have 3 vertical lines dividing it into 4 squares of equal size.

Mentally number these vertical valley creases 1, 2 and 3, from left to right.

Step 5

Next, take the bottom right corner of your model and bring it over to the left and a little upwards so it comes to rest at the very top of vertical crease 1. Press well and leave folded.

Your model will have a large flap that makes up the right side of the model.

Step 6

Take the bottom left corner and fold over the entire left side of the paper, using an upward angle, so that your paper lines up perfectly along the right side of the model. 

You can use the fold you made in the previous step, that is lying diagonally across the paper as a guide for this fold.

Your model will now start to resemble a heart shape with a point at the bottom, two flaps at the top and a pocket at the back.

Step 7

All that remains is to shape the two top flaps of your heart so they become as round as possible. Try to make your folds as small as possible. Dont worry if you find this difficult to do. Just do the best you can.

Remember that the left half of the heart will be slightly smaller than the right, so try to make the two parts the same height as far as possible.

If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the paper where you have folded it down. Try to make it look as neat as possible because even though it will be at the back of your card, it will still be visible when the recipient turns the card over to find the pocket that is at the back of your heart card.

Alternatively, for a kirigami  card, fold your finished model in half by closing it like the page of a book and cut the entire top part of the heart into a rounded shape. 

Unfold again to see your completed heart card.

It will also help to place your card under a heavy book for a while. This will press the folds flat and make the card look neater.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, January 2014

Revised, October 2022