Origami Heart

What You Need:

  • Origami paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen

What You Do:

  1. Start out with one sheet of square origami paper. If you don't have access to any actual origami paper, don't worry! Any type of paper will work as long as it's in the shape of a square. Just remember that the bigger the square, the easier it will be for your child to create her origami heart.
  2. Have her use scissors to cut her paper in half, right down the center of the square. She should end up with two rectangles, not two triangles.
  3. Set aside one of the rectangles.
  4. If her paper has a design on one side and nothing on the other, have her set the design side down. The blank side should be facing up.
  5. Have her turn the rectangle length-wise in front of her. 
  6. Let her fold both of the top corners down to to the center of the bottom edge of the paper. This should create a triangle.
  7. Show her how to crease these folds before unfolding the paper back into the shape of a rectangle.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the opposite side of the paper. When she's done, she should see two faint folded "X" shapes on her rectangle.
  9. Have her now fold and crease the rectangle in half twice: first vertically and then horizontally.
  10. Let her fold the two shorter sides of the rectangle to meet the center creased line. The paper should now resemble a pair of doors. 
  11. Help her tuck each corner inward. The corners should easily tuck inside due to the diagonal creases she created earlier. When she's done, she'll end up witha small square.
  12. Have her turn this square so that it looks like a diamond with the paper line edge running vertical, creating two traingles.
  13. Starting with the left triangle, let her fold the corners to meet the farthest corner of the triangle. This should create a diamond shape.
  14. Have her repeat this with the right triangle. Now she should have two new diamond shapes made up of four total triangles.
  15. Time for the tricky squash fold! Help your child open each triangle and squash it down into a square shape. This may take some practice -- be patient. When she's done, she should have four total squares.
  16. Help her identify the two opposite corners on each of her squares that can be lifted. Have her fold each of these corners into the center of the square. This will change each square into a miniature, ice cream-shaped cone (with a triangular piece of paper ice cream on top).
  17. Last tricky step! Have your child squash fold all eight traingles.
  18. Let her flip the paper over and turn it so it looks like a diamond.
  19. Have her fold the top corner of the diamond down to meet the bottom corner. Is her paper starting to look like a heart? She's almost done!
  20. Let her flip the paper over again.
  21. Notice how the left and right sides of her heart end in odd, pointy corners? Help her bend fold these back and out of the way.
  22. The heart is all done. Have her make more blossom hearts to decorate her room or give to friends.

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