Introduction: Simple Decorative Origami Heart / Book Mark

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This is an easy origami heart, great for rookies and pros :)

Since I officially suck at explaining, the pictures may help you more than my description of the step.

Also, since the bottom of the heart opens, you can also use it as a book mark.

Step 1: Step 1: Paper

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I used printer paper for the instructable, but origami paper or any other will do.
Cut it into two connected squares.

Step 2: Step 2: Creases

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Folding one square at a time, fold diagonally (so the creases form an X) and fold backwards to create a line that runs down the center of the X.

Step 3: Step 3: Triangles

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Follow the creases and press the two squares into two triangles.

Step 4: Step 4: Find Center of the Triangles

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'Nuff said.

Step 5: Step 5: Fold Flaps Toward Vertex of the Triangle

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Take each little flap and fold them toward the vertex of the matching triangle.

Step 6: Step 6

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Open up the flaps and press them down to four squares.

Step 7: Step 7

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Fold back one side (either side will do) of the bigger square.

Step 8: Step 8

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Turn the origami over, and fold back the corners that are sticking out.

Step 9: Step 9: Start the Decoration

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Fold the sides of each small square toward the center line (the diagonal).

Step 10: Step 10: Almost Done

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Open up the new "pockets" (<- I really can't think of a better word for those little things....-_-...again, I suck at explaining. Sorry), and press them down.

Step 11: Step 11: Finishing Touches (extra Help)

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Fix anything that doesn't look quite right, and-------*DRUM ROLL PLEASE!* You're done!

Use it as a Valentine's card or rip it up to show your hatred toward love, or do whatever your heart desires :)

Also, I published a video on how to fold this on Youtube, check it out if you still need some help:


ShadowDroid (author)2016-10-12

Awesome design!
It was pretty easy to make and simple.

Karthikha made it! (author)2016-07-14

Thank you for the steps :) I made this!

Melany120 (author)2016-05-01

So Nice...

judes alice sonali (author)2016-02-18

awesome piece of thinkng

Green Panda (author)2016-02-11

Thank you so much! Keep at it, this was a really excellent tutorial, the first time I have ever been truly satisfied with my end-product of origami. You're a great instructor, well-paced and well-imaged. Thanks

RollandusL (author)2015-12-07

Very nice Instructable. You are actually a pretty good explainer!

ErwinR1 (author)2014-12-15

nice well taught

mdishaq (author)2013-06-10


bobert610 (author)2013-02-13

They're called "squash folds" :)

Excess (author)2011-11-29

Except step 8 where I "overfolded" a little bit too much, excellent instructable. I would love to see your instructable on the tulips from the last step, those look great too.

sunshiine (author)2011-11-28

This is very pretty! I will try making one for holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

Alberta Leong (author)2011-11-28

aww very sweet! can't wait to try it out!

jessyratfink (author)2011-11-27

This is gorgeous! No idea how I missed this before. :)

clugo1 (author)2011-11-24

can u help me better this is prety hard

monseulementreveur (author)2011-08-21

easy to follow instructions- THANKS!

Buzzsushi (author)2009-12-03

Pretty cool product, but im not going to lie, you need to redo the instructable. No offence... but this one sucked.

spectacular (author)Buzzsushi2011-04-19

Hey! At least ninjacow said at the beginning that he/she wasn't good at explaining things. i think that they did a pretty good job at explaining anyway

I agree. The pictures pretty much tell the story. You do not really need to write anything more. Good job.

ninjacow258 (author)Buzzsushi2011-05-02

Sorry =.,=

PeckLauros (author)2011-06-04

Beautiful! Thanks to share it with us!!!

aheperi (author)2011-05-07

I found these instructions great and easy to follow. Thanks for posting :)

Blechmen (author)2011-02-12

how big is the paper

ninjacow258 (author)Blechmen2011-05-02

The paper size really doesn't matter, as long as one side is twice as long as the other.

Blechmen (author)2011-02-12

can you please redo this instructable becaus i have no clue how you do this dont under stand the first step

kim020289 (author)2010-12-28

Your instructions are pretty clear to me. I just followed the pictures you posted. Here's the heart I did.

kirbygirl46 (author)2010-07-15

it reminds me of the kusudama flower because it has similar folds and although this isnt a flower, it appears like that one. Also, they're both beautiful and easy to make. Anyways, thumbs up. Nice project. Easy steps, and looks great. thanks a bundle. (: i just made one

morris_glr (author)2010-04-14

This was such a great instructable! It was very easy to make. Even though it is said that the explanations are not great; the pictures really made up for it.

theguru08 (author)2010-03-02

 Great instructions. They were easy to follow even though you doubted yourself. My only critique would be that you should use paper where each side is a different color (like origami paper) this will make your images more clear since the folders will know which side to show. Otherwise great instructable keep it up

GameCat (author)2010-02-14

This is a really cool Valentine's day project; your explanations were easy to follow. I would have liked to watch your video, but when I clicked the link, it had been taken down.  Thank you for sharing this neat project.

surrealdelirium (author)2010-01-25

It might be the simplicity involved in the making of the heart, but strangely this is one of the easiest origami tutorials I've seen for something that actually looks nice! Very clear pictures, I think. Thanks!

bondagebonni (author)2009-12-24

I was a bit confused for about a third of this but i figured it out.  my heart came out really pretty.  This would be great of you made a video to go along with it. :)

AALISS (author)2009-10-11

woO thats alot easier to make than it looks :D
Thanks ninjacow

crak-a-bottle (author)2009-09-03

yayz! it's pretty! :]


Evesneon (author)2009-08-25

it's simple to understand .... until the 7th step. Could you explain it a bit more?

ninjacow258 (author)Evesneon2009-08-31

Well...let's see *scratch head*...In that step, the origami is basically a square-ish shape, right? So, you currently have 4 corners. 2 opposing corners are loose, and if you fold one of those 2 corners backwards (mountain fold) then it would be outta sight when you look at it from the front. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out which two corners can be folded :)

Evesneon (author)ninjacow2582009-09-03

Oh. Thanks a lot :)

santi.schen (author)2009-08-18

please, i need to know how to make the box n flowers!! thanks a lot, nice work!!

ninjacow258 (author)santi.schen2009-08-19

You can find the procedures for the roses on, they sell paper roses. Thank you for commenting xD

scoochmaroo (author)2009-08-12

Beautiful! I've added this to the origami guide!

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