How To: Origami Hearts/Flowers

As many girls do, I used to pass a lot of notes in school, and would always try to figure out cute ways to fold the notes. Someone long ago taught me how to fold 8.5 x 11 inch paper into a heart, which of course I reserved for passing notes to only the cutest boys! ;) And when you fold four, you can combine them into a flower!

(A single folded heart, photographed with my shoe-a-day calendar. All photos in this post were taken by me.)

I’m still trying to figure out a way to use these for our wedding. Maybe we’ll use them to decorate the front of our out of town boxes? But in the meantime, I thought I’d share this little origami tutorial.

Start with an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper (or larger/smaller, as long as the aspect ratio is the same):

Fold up one side, so the bottom makes a point:

Open it back up:

Fold the other side up, making another point at the other bottom side:

Open it again:

Push the sides in where your folds criss-cross:

And flatten down to make the bottom have a center point:

You can see how I folded the sides in a little better from the opposite angle:

Next, fold down the front side flaps, so they are lined up with the point at the bottom:

Then, fold the upper sides in, so the angle lines up with the angle of the flaps you just folded down:

Flip it over:

And gently raise it up to make a faint crease where the bottom of the diamond shape is on the now bottom side:

Fold the bottom up so that the bottom is lined up with the faint crease you just made:

Where you just folded the bottom up, fold each half up to make a point at the center bottom (these will be the bottom of your heart):

Now fold the top triangle flap down over the bottom parts you just folded up:

And tuck the bottom flaps into the top flap you just folded down, to hold them in place:

Finally, fold the top two flaps down at about a 45 degree angle (these will be the top points of your heart), and tuck them under to hold them in place:

Flip it back over and you’re done!

Fold three more, and you’ve got a flower:

I would recommend using a bone folder or the like to score your folds as you go for a flatter end result. This also works better with thinner cardstock or text weight paper; heavy card stock would result in a much thicker heart.

Can you think of any other ways to incorporate this in a wedding, as either a heart or flower? You could fold a giant one to use as an engagement photo prop. Or, fold a love note to give to your fiance on your wedding morning! You could even string them up and hang as decor instead of bunting flags.

I would love to hear your ideas!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Cola

Location:
Mountain View, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010

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    Coccinelle 286 posts, Helper bee @ 7:00 pm

    cute project!! off to write the BF a heart shaped note :)

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:03 pm

    Cute!!! I want to try it now! :)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 7:17 pm

    Awwww, super cute!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 7:32 pm

    great tutorial!!!!!!! so cute!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:33 pm

    This is so fun! I love origami… I have a book I got for Christmas, but I really don’t have the patience to follow the book. I just made this heart thanks to your super awesome tutorial! Please share more :)

    I love your idea of using it to write a note to your FI! *swoon* thanks for the ideas!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 8:48 pm

    Oh, I like the flower! Really cute!

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    ccranetobe 3770 posts, Honey bee @ 8:49 pm

    thanks for the tutorial.. I kept on getting distracted by that gorgeous ring!!

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    vttp926 944 posts, Busy bee @ 8:58 pm

    i love that! thanks so much for the tutorial. i only knew how to do it for the dollar bills. now i can definitely do it for paper!

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    Jessica8982, Guest @ 9:00 pm

    There’s a really cute origami heart STD post with tutorial somewhere out there google it ‘origami heart STD’ it’s very very sweet ! I am thinking of using it

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:14 pm

    very cute! these look great!

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    NC Girl 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:24 pm

    My Shoe-a-Day calendar makes me happy. :)

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    labrat 468 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 pm

    Those are so cute! If you had a small guest list, you could make those as part of the reception gift and write a special note from both of you guys in it. =)

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    JanieLeigh 581 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 pm

    ahh.. i used to make those too! :)

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    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 am

    Very cute!

    Can I just say? I love that you have a shoe calendar!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:17 am

    i like the bunting idea!

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    Virginia Wedding Venue, Guest @ 2:18 am

    Where can I get those shoes?!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:58 am

    i think the ‘flower’ can be use as boutonnieres!

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    micheleword 6 posts, Newbee @ 8:31 am

    Or even just use the heart as a boutonnier! Cute!!

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    Kippie 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:50 am

    Very cute! And you make it look so easy! :)

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:29 am

    I went and grabbed a sheet of paper off my printer to follow along- haha!

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    Miss Bianca 85 posts, Worker bee @ 5:52 pm

    cute

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    Melkh 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:41 pm

    Cute thx for sharing

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    jack, Guest @ 6:59 am

    Hello, I tried every step with success, but couldn’t manage to get the last part. Can you possible show a little more steps to create the flower?

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