Friday, January 25, 2013

On Making Origami Hearts for Valentine's Day

I just came across a tutorial for making origami hearts. It's easy and fun. If you decide to make them, you'll need: paper, a ruler, scissors to cut your paper into squares, and maybe string or ribbon for hanging the hearts. I decided to use pages from an old book instead of traditional origami paper. I cut my paper into 4"x4" squares. You could also use newspaper, gift wrap or construction paper, whatever is handy. Almost any flat material can be used for folding; the only requirement is that it should hold a crease.

I haven't made Valentines for years, but my young granddaughter has me in a Valentine-making-frenzy! Although she's VERY advanced for her tender age (three), these origami hearts were just a little beyond her. After we made the first one, she un-folded it and tried to fly it like a paper airplane.  :)

 From Wikipedia:
"Origami from ori meaning "folding," and kami meaning "paper" is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami."

The Directions.
1. Start with a square 6"x6" paper. I used 4"x4" squares.
2. Fold it in half on the diagonal and open it back up.
3. Now fold the other side in half on the diagonal and open it back up so that you have 2 creases on the paper.
4. Now fold the top point of the paper to meet the crease in the center.
5. Fold the bottom point to meet the top.
6. Fold the right side to meet the crease in the center.
7. Fold the left side to meet the crease in the center.
8. Flip the paper over to the opposite side.
9. Now fold the point on the right side in just a bit.
10. Fold the left side point in as well.
11. Now fold the top points down. Fold the right side and then the left side.
12. Flip the paper over again and you've got yourself an easy origami heart!

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