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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Richardson Living team found a new use for old issues.

Use these instructions on how to fold your own origami hearts, and spread a little love this year.

 

How to Make Origami Hearts

Make origami hearts with this quick and easy method. They’re so simple to make that you’ll have a pile of them before you know it!

Make origami hearts with this quick and easy method.

Curious about origami?

Wanting to recycle your past issues of Richardson Living magazine?

Make origami hearts!

These little origami hearts are quick and easy to make, and they look adorable. Here’s how to fold them:

1. Start with a strip of paper. Any paper will do for this project, from brown paper bags to wrapping paper scraps to bits of your past issues of Richardson Living. You can also play with the size of your strip, although we like to use 1″x6″.

2. Valley fold your paper strip in half. Crease the fold with the back of your thumbnail.

How to Make Origami Hearts (1 of 6)

3. Fold each side down to meet the center line. Crease the fold.

How to Make Origami Hearts

4. Flip the piece over to the back side, and turn it upside down.

How to Make Origami Hearts

5. Fold each of the two top pieces down to meet the bottom straight edge. Crease the folds.

How to Make Origami Hearts

6. Fold the corners of each of the top two pieces down to meet in the middle. This is the trickiest part to get even, since you don’t have a vertical line of symmetry here to guide you. If you’d like, you can always fold that line yourself; you’ll have two extra creases on your heart, but it won’t affect anything.

How to Make Origami Hearts

Turn your piece back over, and you’ll see your heart!

If you’d like to make sure that your heart stays flat, you can always glue those top four corners down.

These hearts are so quick and easy to make that you’ll have a pile of them before you know it, and that’s okay! They make good embellishments for Valentines, and cute embellishments or even gift tags for presents. Thread them onto floss for a simple bunting, or stamp your business info on them and hand them out with your handmade products.

 

Instructions and photos thanks to: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2016/08/17/how-to-make-origami-hearts/

About the author

Erica Yaeger Mom of two, multi-tasker and idea generator. By day I am assistant dean of development and alumni relations at the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas. By night I am an avid reader, writer and champion of all things Richardson related.