This valentines, we thought we’d show you how to create a simple yet effective origami valentines heart which can be used as a decoration or inserted into your gift packaging or to contain a personal message.
A thoughtful but simple gesture…
Take a piece of A4 paper – gift wrapping works well, but can be any nice material or coloured paper.
Fold the top 2 corners down diagonally to create a cross shape.
Bring the top down with the centre of the cross making a point, by tucking the sides in and folding flat with your fingers to make a triangle.
With the triangle facing upwards, bring the front flaps forward and up to make a diamond shape.
Fold the sides inwards so that they meet in the middle.
Turn the part over and fold the bottom upwards to meet the bottom of the triangle.
Fold the front half of the triangle over the bottom flap.
Fold the bottom left and right corners upwards and tuck between the flaps in the triangle you just folded down.
Finally, fold the remaining top two triangles downwards at an angle to make the top of the heart. The tips of these last triangles can be tucked under the flap of the middle triangle.