If your children are looking for an easy Valentine's Day craft, these origami heart lollipop covers fit the bill. They are a cute and inexpensive way to add a personalized touch to Valentine's for your child's friends.
Each heart is made from one triangle of paper. You can either cut square origami paper in half diagonally or use printable paper in the design of your choice. Even though they aren't made for origami specifically, I think the free printable Valentine's Day papers at gift-wrapit.com would be a cute option for this project. I started with an 8 inch x 8 inch square to make my triangles, but the size you should use will depend upon the dimensions of the lollipops that you are covering.
The most important thing to remember about this Valentine's Day craft is that you must have flat lollipops for the heart cover to work properly. Round lollipops like the bubble gum filled Charms Blow Pops won't work. I used Caramel Apple Pops when making these covers for my son to take to school.
1. Fold the Top of the Triangle Down
Start with the patterned side of your paper face down. Fold the top point of the triangle down as shown in the photo to the left.
2. Fold the Sides Up
Fold the left and right sides of the paper up so that your paper forms a square. When you're finished, your project should look like the photo to the left.
3. Fold the Top Corners
Flip your paper over. Fold the top corners of the paper over to the sides as shown in the photo to the left. This creates the top of your Valentine heart shape.
4. Blunt the Corners
Blunt the corners of the paper as indicated in the photo to the left. This gives your origami heart a rounder, softer appearance.
5. Insert Your Lollipop
Flip your paper over once more. Unfold the paper and insert your lollipop under the top triangle flap. If necessary, use a toothpick or a craft knife to make a small hole in the bottom of the heart so the candy will fit properly. (To prevent serious injury, you should never let children use a craft knife unattended.)
6. Your Origami Heart Is Complete
Use a small amount of double sided tape to close the heart. Have your child decorate the heart with stickers or a Valentine's Day message, if desired.
If you want, you can use these lollipops as an embellishment for the front of a handmade Valentine's Day card. Fold an 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch paper into fourths, then attach the lollipop to the front. (You may have to angle it a bit to make sure it fits on the front of the card, depending upon how big you made your heart.) Make a simple origami envelope from 12 inch x 12 inch patterned scrapbook paper to hold the card.
Another interesting use for this project would be to create a candy bouquet. Make several heart lollipops and place them in a vase decorated with a ribbon bow. If desired, you could alternate the heart lollipops with origami money hearts held up by floral wire. This would be a fun Valentine's Day treat for a preteen.
If you are making this project for someone who doesn't like lollipops or just want to cut back on the amount of sugar consumed on February 14, this cover will work with a pencil as well. You can find inexpensive Valentine's Day themed pencils at your local dollar store or a large craft store such as Hobby Lobby.