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

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.

Step 4: Step 4: Find Center of the 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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2_RBxK6DVY

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39 Discussions

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ShadowDroid

2 years ago

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

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Green Panda

2 years ago

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

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RollandusL

2 years ago

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

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Excess

6 years ago on Step 11

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.

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sunshiine

6 years ago on Introduction

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

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clugo1

6 years ago on Step 3

can u help me better this is prety hard

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Buzzsushi

8 years ago on Step 11

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

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spectacularBuzzsushi

Reply 7 years ago on Step 11

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

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TheGeekFatherspectacular

Reply 7 years ago on Step 11

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

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aheperi

7 years ago on Step 11

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