We have already done one valentine craft by making a simple valentines card for kids, but I was inspired to do another one by my daughter. This is a really simple one as well, which anyone can do; and the resulting craft is so versatile as well. An origami valentine can be used in a number of different ways, so why not:
Hang it up
Stick it to the front of a card
Write a note on it to a loved one an leave it somewhere, perhaps on a pillow, or
Give it to your cat… *oops perhaps not that one*
To make your origami valentine all you need are a few bits and bobs and a little patience as well.
Two sheets of square paper the same size (you can use origami paper like I have but you don’t have to)
Two strips of ribbon, sticky foam or card to “sew” your heart halves together
Four buttons or decoration to mend your heart
How to make your Origami Valentine
We are getting there…
You now have the beginnings of a heart I hope – right? All you now need to do is finish off the first half of your heart…
Hopefully it looks like this now…
The next stage of the origami valentine is a little more tricky and fiddly, so do bear with yourself. It might take a couple of attempts, but hopefully the pictures will help show you where you are aiming to end up.
Finish making your half-hearts
You need to fold the paper you have in half, at the same time as folding in a triangle in the middle of the paper. Your triangle needs to line up with the corners that you have already folded in…like this…
Fold the middle in to meet the corner while folding up your paper in half alon the crease line you did first of all
Folding your whole heart into the middle should leave you with this…
If it didn’t then I am afraid something went awry. Do try again though, it can be a bit hard to follow these types of instructions and just takes a bit of practise.
Now all you need to do is make another on of them in exactly the same way :-D
Mending your origami valentine
You should now have two halves of a heart, so all you need to do is decide how you are going to stick them together. There are a few different choices that you could go for, but we have used pink glitter foam, alternatively perhaps some cardboard with a special message on, or a bit of ribbon. Any of these works well.
Line them up where you want to repair your heart and stick them on, finally add a little decoration to your “mend.” Because of our little yellow star, we have used some beautiful buttons, but you could do anything here from toppers to cut-outs. And there you go, finished!
This project would work well as something for the kids to make for Daddy, or perhaps even for you. I hope you enjoyed this. If you did, then do come back for more, or subscribe to the blog for other craft ideas, advice and great giveaways too.
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