Follow our step by step instructions to learn how to make easy origami hearts that your kids will love to make and display!
It’s believed that origami was founded almost a thousand years ago in Japan. The word origami comes from two Japanese words: Ori (folded) and Kami (paper).
Origami comes in many different forms and is often shaped as animals! One legend even says that if you make a thousand origami cranes then you will be granted a wish!
However, a thousand paper cranes sounds awfully fiddly and like a lot of hard work! So, we tried making some simpler origami shapes that are easy for kids to master and enjoy. These easy origami hearts and step by step instructions show your child how to make their very own origami heart to display and decorate.
Origami is great for developing children’s fine motor skills and following instructions helps to improve their reading and language skills. Origami can be tricky at first, so be sure to remind your child that practise makes perfect! Even if it is difficult to begin with, their efforts will soon produce pretty paper shapes that they can proudly share with (and show off to) friends and family!
Origami hearts are great for decorating greetings cards and sticking on bedroom walls, they’re also lots of fun to pop into party bags or stick to gift wrap. They make sweet handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day too!
Making an origami heart is easy, all you need is a square of paper and a little bit of patience.
Take a square of pink or red paper and follow our origami heart step by step instructions…
1 Place the square to look like a diamond. Then, fold the square lengthways and unfold.
2 Fold the square widthways and unfold.
3 Fold the top corner into the centre.
4 Fold the bottom corner to the top edge.
5 Fold the left and right edges into the centre.
6 Flip your paper over and fold back the top and side points.
Flip your heart back over and voilà! Your simple origami heart is finished!
1 Make a greetings card! Use glue to stick down the folded areas of the heart, this will make the back completely flat and easier to glue. Fold an A4 piece of card in half and stick the heart to the front, you’ll have a beautiful handmade card ready to send in no time!
2 Ask your child to think about what they love most in the world. Your child can then write the name of this thing on the front of the heart, unfold the heart into a square and list the reasons why they love this thing so much. Re-fold the heart and keep the secrets safe!
3 Need an extra something to fill up a party bag or gift bag? Fill it up with origami hearts to show the recipient you truly care!
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