# Simple decorative origami heart / book mark

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

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

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

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

'Nuff said.

## Step 5: Step 5: fold flaps toward vertex of the triangle

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

## Step 6: Step 6

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

## Step 7: Step 7

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

## Step 8: Step 8

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

## Step 9: Step 9: start the decoration

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

## Step 10: Step 10: almost done

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)

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:
mdishaq says: 6 months ago
NIce...^_^
bobert610 says: 10 months ago
They're called "squash folds" :)
Excess says: 2 years ago
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 says: 2 years ago
This is very pretty! I will try making one for holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing your hard work!
sunshiine
Alberta Leong says: 2 years ago
aww very sweet! can't wait to try it out!
jessyratfink says: 2 years ago
This is gorgeous! No idea how I missed this before. :)
clugo1 says: 2 years ago
can u help me better this is prety hard
monseulementreveur says: 2 years ago
easy to follow instructions- THANKS!
PeckLauros says: 2 years ago
Beautiful! Thanks to share it with us!!!
aheperi says: 2 years ago
I found these instructions great and easy to follow. Thanks for posting :)
Buzzsushi says: 4 years ago
Pretty cool product, but im not going to lie, you need to redo the instructable. No offence... but this one sucked.
ninjacow258 (author) in reply to Buzzsushi2 years ago
Sorry =.,=
spectacular in reply to Buzzsushi2 years ago
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
TheGeekFather in reply to spectacular2 years ago
I agree. The pictures pretty much tell the story. You do not really need to write anything more. Good job.
Blechmen says: 2 years ago
how big is the paper
ninjacow258 (author) in reply to Blechmen2 years ago
The paper size really doesn't matter, as long as one side is twice as long as the other.
Blechmen says: 2 years ago
can you please redo this instructable becaus i have no clue how you do this dont under stand the first step
kim020289 says: 2 years ago
Your instructions are pretty clear to me. I just followed the pictures you posted. Here's the heart I did.
kirbygirl46 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 3 years ago
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 says: 4 years ago
woO thats alot easier to make than it looks :D
Thanks ninjacow

crak-a-bottle says: 4 years ago
yayz! it's pretty! :]
ninjacow258 (author) in reply to crak-a-bottle4 years ago
Thanks
hoshi_neon says: 4 years ago
it's simple to understand .... until the 7th step. Could you explain it a bit more?
ninjacow258 (author) in reply to hoshi_neon4 years ago
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 :)
hoshi_neon in reply to ninjacow2584 years ago
Oh. Thanks a lot :)
santi.schen says: 4 years ago
please, i need to know how to make the box n flowers!! thanks a lot, nice work!!
ninjacow258 (author) in reply to santi.schen4 years ago
You can find the procedures for the roses on www.bloom4ever.com, they sell paper roses. Thank you for commenting xD
scoochmaroo says: 4 years ago
Beautiful! I've added this to the origami guide!