Despite the growing popularity of e-readers, it is unlike the printed book will ever disappear completely. There are simply too many people who adore the tactile expensive of turning pages to discover what happens next in a story!
If you are looking for a small treat to give to your favorite bookworm, this origami heart bookmark is a great choice. It is easy to fold, but the heart embellishment makes it a bit more decorative than an ordinary origami corner bookmark.
The origami heart bookmark in this tutorial is made from a single sheet of square origami paper. I suggest using paper that is either 6 inches x 6 inches or 4 inches x 4 inches, depending upon how large you would like your finished bookmark to be. In my opinion, a solid colored paper or a paper with a subtle pattern looks best for this project. Bold patterns detract from the simplicity of the heart shape.
1. Create an "X" Crease Pattern
To begin making your origami heart bookmark, start with the patterned side of your paper face down. (If your paper is a solid color on both sides, you don't need to worry about what side is face down.) Fold your paper along one of the diagonals to make a triangle shape. Crease well, then unfold. Fold in half along the opposite diagonal. Crease well, then unfold. When you're finished, your paper should have an "X" crease pattern in the middle.
2. Fold the Paper in Half Horizontally
Flip your paper over so the patterned side is facing up. Fold it in half horizontally. The crease you make should go across the intersection of the "X" crease pattern you created in the previous step.
3. Fold the Bottom to the Middle of the Paper
Open your paper up. Fold the bottom up to the middle crease as indicated in the photo to the left.
4. Collapse the Paper to Create a Triangle
Unfold the paper. Push in gently on the horizontal creases to collapse the paper into a triangle like the one shown in the photo to the left. This collapsed triangle form is known as a balloon base. It is used to create many different origami projects, including a basic origami butterfly.
5. Start Forming Your Origami Heart
With the crease you made in Step 3 facing you, lift the top layer of the triangle upward. Flatten as shown in the photo to the left. This will eventually become the heart embellishment on your origami bookmark.
6. Fold Down
Flip your paper over. Fold the top triangle flap down. Fold the top horizontal edge down so it meets the crease you created by folding down the triangle flap.
7. Flatten the Corner Pockets
Stick a finger in each corner pocket and flatten the paper so it look like the photo to the left.
8. Create the Top of Your Origami Heart
Fold the exposed corners in as shown in the photo to the left. This creates the two sides of the final heart shape. Then, fold the top left and right points down to round out the corners of the heart.
9. Complete Your Origami Heart Bookmark
Flip your paper over and bring the triangle flap from step xx back up. Congratulations! Your origami bookmark is complete!
If desired, you can decorate the origami heart bookmark with stickers or write a message on it. If you use stickers, I suggest putting a large sticker over the part where the two sides of the heart join together to prevent the reader from accidentally unfolding the bookmark. You may also want use a glue stick to glue the top of the heart to the triangle base.
Origami heart bookmarks are fun to make throughout the year, but would be especially cute as a handmade Valentine's Day treat. Origami heart lollipop covers are another fun idea for making homemade Valentine's Day gifts for fiends and family.