DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday
This tutorial was originally posted on my old blog in 2011. Because of it’s popularity, we’ve decided to share it here on Adventures-In-Making!

Do you remember passing notes in class when you were young? I remember in high school my friends and I were constantly writing notes back and forth to each other. My favorite part was being passed a note that was folded into something cool. I saved shoeboxes full of passed-notes until I went to college, when I finally threw them out.

Nowadays, people send more text messages than hand-written messages. But I think notes are still fun to exchange with friends! When I was trying to remember the different ways I folded notes in high school, I had the idea of creating a little tutorial to share. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up, the heart-shaped note-fold is perfect!

Step One: Write a Valentine’s Day message on regular notebook paper.

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

Step Two: Fold the right corner of the paper down to make a triangle shape (photo 1). Unfold and do the same with the left corner (photo 2).

Step Three: Next, your going to fold a water bomb base on the upper section of the paper (photo3).

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

Step Four: Fold the right point up the the top and do the same with the left point, creating a diamond (photo 4).

Step Five: Take the right edge of the paper and fold it horizontally to the center, lining it up with the diamond (photo 5). Repeat with the left edge (photo 6).

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

Step Six: Next fold the bottom up to meet the lower point of the diamond (photo 7). Flip over.

Step Seven: Fold the top point of the diamond down, folding the diamond in half (photo 8).

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

Step Eight: Take the bottom left corner and fold it to the middle, lining it up with the lower point of the diamond (photo 9). Repeat with the right side (photo 10).

Step Nine: Tuck the corners from the last step into the pocket you made in step 7 (photo 11).

Step Ten: Next fold the right point of the diamond diagonally down (photo 12). Do the same with the left point (photo 13).

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

Step Eleven: Then tuck the points into the flap made in step 7 (photo 14).

Turn it over and you have your heart shape! Don’t forget to write a “to:” and “from:” and then pass it to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day ♥

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

DIY: Paper Heart Note Fold #origami #heart #valentinesday

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template
Now, a typical person might throw away the scrappy evidence of a long week of paper making… but no one said I’m typical. My most recent batch of paper contains wildflower seeds, so I decided the scraps would make lovely confetti (and grow, too!)

Using this video tutorial, I made an origami pop-up box perfect for storing a small stash of confetti or flower seeds.

DIY: Seed Sling-Shot + Free Template
I used paper that already had colored pattern on one side, and as an added “bonus”, I printed a corny poem and a thank you message in the box.  So all the people who get one will know to “pull the flaps, fling, and make it bloomy.” I closed each box with a piece of ribbon.

I’m sure you can come up with something less silly- so I’m giving you a pdf template* you can add your own wording to. Click the image below, and go to town!

The template is 8.5×11 inches, and you can resize if you need to. Make sure to use light-weight paper, and fold the printing into the box while you’re working.

SLINGSHOTTEMPLATE

*After you save the file to your desktop, you should be able to open and edit the file in Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Reader, it’s available for free here.