By Dana Hinders
Origami is often associated with folding square or rectangular paper, but folding paper cut into shapes can sometimes produce very interesting results. This simple origami project is an envelope that is folded from a heart shaped sheet of paper. It is perfect for Valentine's Day or whenever you want to show a little love to someone special.
To make this envelope, you will need one sheet of square origami paper. Choose paper that has a solid color or a pattern on one side and is white on the other. Starting with the white side of the paper face up, fold it in half and cut out a heart shape. For the nicest looking envelope, you want to have a shape that rounded at the top. A sharper, more angular heart is best left for another project.
Alternatively, if you have access to a cutting machine such as a Sizzix or Cricut, you could use the machine to cut out your heart shape.
Use crayons, colored pencils, stickers, or rubber stamps to add a greeting on the white side of your heart. Don't use paints or markers because they will likely bleed through the thin origami paper.
Turn your paper so the top of the heart is facing you and the pointed tip is at the top of your work surface. Fold the left and right sides of the heart so they meet at the middle of the paper. Go over your creases with your fingernail or a metal ruler so they are nice and sharp.
Fold the bottom of the paper up as shown. Go over your creases with your fingernail or a metal ruler so they are nice and sharp.
Fold the pointed tip of the heart down. Go over your creases with your fingernail or a metal ruler so they are nice and sharp. Secure the envelope with a sticker or a strip of colorful patterned washi tape.
If you want to have a child pass out these hearts as Valentine's Day cards for classmates, you can tuck a sticker or a flat piece of candy into the pockets created by the folds in Step 3 before sealing the envelope shut.
For a more grown-up twist on this project, fold several hearts with coupon-type messages for your significant other. For example, you could write on one heart "Redeem for one sensual massage" or "Redeem for a date night activity of your choice." Stack the hearts inside a pretty origami gift box topped with an origami heart embellishment for a thoughtful Valentine's Day treat.