How to make an origami heart
Learn how to make an origami heart with our easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorial! There are two designs to choose from – which is your favourite?
Make these easy origami hearts following our exclusive step-by-step tutorials, right here on Gathered. Both tutorials use rectangular paper instead of traditional square paper, so if you’re batch-making origami hearts (they make great toppers for cards, as both origami heart designs lay flat), it’s a good idea to pre-cut several sheets of paper to size before you begin.
The easy origami heart starts with a piece of paper 12 x 8cm, and the blossom origami heart starts with a piece of paper 15 x 7.5cm. Each model only takes a few minutes to fold, and the easy origami heart especially can also double-up as a way to fold a letter to your nearest and dearest.
If you fancy boosting your stash, check out our pick of the best origami paper, or why not browse our pick of the best origami books? If you’re on the hunt for more easy origami projects, we have them all collated here, in our easy origami for beginners article.
We love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to share your origami projects with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, too!
How to make an easy origami heart
You will need:
This plain origami paper is ideal for practising your folding skills, and it comes with a whopping 50 different colours in the pack. There’s a 17 x 17cm option, or if you’d like your paper a little bigger – there’s a 20 x 20cm option, too.
It’s single-sided, so it’s good for those projects that show a little of the reverse, like the origami blossom heart further down in this article, or our adorable origami owl!
How to make an origami heart step by step
This easy origami project will take only a few minutes of your time, and it’s easy to learn so you will soon be able to feel like a pro.
This is also a great design to batch make multiples of if you’re looking for easy DIY toppers for your cards. For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using paper that is pink on both sides.
Check out our video tutorial below or keep reading for the step by step picture tutorial.
Cut a piece of paper to 12 x 8cm.
Fold the paper in half along the vertical and unfold (this is called a book fold).
Fold the paper in half along the horizontal and unfold.
Fold the paper diagonally, so that the bottom of the vertical crease meets the horizontal crease.
Fold the bottom edge up (valley fold), along the crease line.
Fold the top edge back (mountain fold), along the crease line. It’s beginning to look like an origami heart!
Fold the edges in, to shape the origami heart. To do this, fold about 1cm in to get a crease line.
From there, open the origami heart a little, and fold the edge inside to neaten.
Fold the tips of the heart down. We folded 7mm down in this example but choose whatever size you think is best.
Finally, fold the tips inside your heart to neaten up. And that’s it – you’ve completed your origami heart!
How to make an origami blossom heart
This origami heart is a little more involved, but still easy enough to make. You don’t need to be an origami expert to make this model, just follow our step-by-step instructions – there are no complicated folds involved. For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using paper that is red on one side, and yellow on the other. Ready?
Start with a square piece of paper. We’re using a standard 15 x 15cm piece of square origami paper. Fold in half, and cut along the fold so you get two equal-sized rectangles.
Decide which colour you would like to show as the blossom. For this tutorial, the yellow will be the blossom, and the red will be the heart.
Fold one side of the paper up, so that the side aligns with the top, and unfold.
On the same side, fold the top of the paper down, so that the side aligns with the bottom, and unfold.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the paper. You’ll end up with two crosses on your paper, as shown.
Fold the sides in, so that they meet in the middle. Align the edges of the paper with the edges of the crosses made in steps 2-4 for perfect positioning.
Next, concertina fold the paper to create a square diamond shape, as shown.
Fold the top left corner down, so that the top point meets the side point.
Open up the part you’ve just folded down and flatten it to create a smaller square. In origami, this is called a Squash Fold.
Repeat Step 7 & 8 on each of the other corners.
Working on each of the smaller squares in turn, fold the sides in to meet the middle, creating a small kite shape.
Open up one of the small kite shapes, and Squash Fold to create a triangle shape.
Repeat on the other kite shape in that quadrant.
Repeat steps 10 – 12 on each of the other quadrants to create the blossom.
Fold the top of the origami heart down, behind the model to reveal a heart shape. It will fold naturally in half, along the creases you’ve already made. (It’s sometimes easier to do this by turning the model over, then folding the upper layer down in half.)
Fold one of the sides in, to refine the shape of your origami heart.
Fold the other side in to complete your origami heart!
More origami paper to fold your origami hearts from!
Double-sided origami paper
This collection of loose-leaf double-sided origami paper is ideal for Valentine’s Day makes, including these origami hearts.
Featuring patterned designs on one side, and coordinating plain colours on the other, it would be perfect for the origami blossom heart especially.
Handmade origami paper
If you’re looking for some special paper to make your origami hearts, perhaps as a gift, or to make a topper on the front of a card, this handmade paper is ideal. The slightly translucent quality of this paper gives your models a different feel, and you can achieve softer folds with this type of paper.
Chiyogami origami paper
This speciality origami paper is thinner than regular paper, to enable greater manipulation in terms of the folds, this is the paper we used for many of our origami models here on Gathered, including our popular origami crane!
You get a whopping 180 sheets with 45 beautiful traditional designs, so plenty of spare paper if you mess up. Check out the plethora of 5-star reviews on Amazon for this product! And in case you’re wondering, chiyogami is a specific word developed to describe the patterns and designs applied to paper in Japan’s Edo period, between 1603 and 1867.
Large origami paper
If you’re looking for larger-size origami paper, we really recommend this collection from the British Museum. It’s beautifully presented and comes with instructions to fold different origami animals too.
The paper is subtly patterned, so it’s ideal for showing off the makes themselves. It’s perfect for making our traditional origami swan.
Vibrant colours, double-sided origami paper
We love this paper here on Gathered. It’s excellent for learning origami as the different colour sides show you exactly where you need to fold. It’s the paper we use for a lot of our step-by-step tutorials, and as such, has been extensively tried and tested by us!
The loose leaves in this origami paper ensure you’re getting the perfect square – we always recommend getting loose leaves (if you can), as origami paper from books often have perforated edges which may spoil to look of your final origami model.
Spread the love with origami hearts
These origami hearts are a fun and easy way to spread love with all your friends and family. They make sweet little reminders of how much your care!
Fold up a bunch of origami hearts and share them around this Valentine’s Day.
Discover more origami tutorials with Gathered
Do you like this origami heart tutorial? Why not check out some of our other fantastic origami tutorials, here on Gathered – like this origami butterfly.