Paper Strip Folding and Origami - How to Make 3D Paper Hearts

Updated on January 2, 2017
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3D Paper hearts can be used as decorations on Valentine's Day gifts, school projects and craft activities. If you have made origami lucky stars before, you will find the paper strip folding method for 3D paper heart is very similar. Paper strip folding is easy and suitable for both adults' and kids' craft projects. If you haven't made lucky stars before, just click on the following link for a tutorial on how to make your own origami lucky stars.

Materials for making 3D Paper Hearts - The Paper Strip Method

These are the basic items required to make paper hearts.

  • Coloured paper. Cut the paper into strips of 10cm by 3cm. The size of the paper heart will be about 2.5cm by 2cm for this paper size. You can use wider or narrower strips of paper if you want to make different sizes of paper hearts.
  • Scissors for trimming.
  • Cutter for cutting the paper into strips.
  • Cutting mat to protect your table from being slashed!
  • Ruler for measurements.


Step-by-step Instructions on how to Make a 3D Paper Heart

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Coloured craft paper cut into strips and ready for making the paper hearts.Take strip of paper measuring 10cm by 3cm.Fold one end of the strip to make a small right-angled triangle.Make another right-angled triangle on top of the first triangle. Make sure the triangle is right-angled!Keep folding the triangles until the other end of the strip of paper is very short.Stop folding.Take a pair of scissors and trim off part of the paper at the other end. Be careful not to cut the triangle.Fold the trimmed end of the paper and tuck it in between the layers of folded triangles.The folded strip of paper should now look like this.Push in the long side of the triangle (with your fingernail or the edge of a ruler)Rotate the paper around. With your fingers, pinch the two corners of the triangle.Trim off the pinched corners and you'll get a 3D paper heart.
Coloured craft paper cut into strips and ready for making the paper hearts.
Coloured craft paper cut into strips and ready for making the paper hearts. | Source
Take strip of paper measuring 10cm by 3cm.
Take strip of paper measuring 10cm by 3cm. | Source
Fold one end of the strip to make a small right-angled triangle.
Fold one end of the strip to make a small right-angled triangle. | Source
Make another right-angled triangle on top of the first triangle. Make sure the triangle is right-angled!
Make another right-angled triangle on top of the first triangle. Make sure the triangle is right-angled! | Source
Keep folding the triangles until the other end of the strip of paper is very short.
Keep folding the triangles until the other end of the strip of paper is very short. | Source
Stop folding.
Stop folding. | Source
Take a pair of scissors and trim off part of the paper at the other end. Be careful not to cut the triangle.
Take a pair of scissors and trim off part of the paper at the other end. Be careful not to cut the triangle. | Source
Fold the trimmed end of the paper and tuck it in between the layers of folded triangles.
Fold the trimmed end of the paper and tuck it in between the layers of folded triangles. | Source
The folded strip of paper should now look like this.
The folded strip of paper should now look like this. | Source
Push in the long side of the triangle (with your fingernail or the edge of a ruler)
Push in the long side of the triangle (with your fingernail or the edge of a ruler) | Source
Rotate the paper around. With your fingers, pinch the two corners of the triangle.
Rotate the paper around. With your fingers, pinch the two corners of the triangle. | Source
Trim off the pinched corners and you'll get a 3D paper heart.
Trim off the pinched corners and you'll get a 3D paper heart. | Source

Is the 3D paper heart easy to make?

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String the paper hearts together to use as décor around the house.
String the paper hearts together to use as décor around the house. | Source

Materials for making 3D Origami Paper Hearts

The following method for making 3D paper hearts is a more advanced level of paper folding. The only material required here is origami paper of any square size. The paper I am using for this origami tutorial is 15cm by 15cm.

Step-by-step Instructions for 3D Paper Hearts - Origami Method

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A sheet of origami 15cm by 15cm is required to make a 3D Origami Heart.Fold the paper in half to make a horizontal crease line across the paper.Unfold the paper and fold the edge of the bottom flap to the horizontal crease line in the centre.Fold the top to the crease line.Fold the paper in half from right to left with the right side overlapping the left.Unfold the paper and fold one of the corners on the right to make a triangle.Repeat with the other corner on the right.Do the same with the corners on the left.Unfold all the corners to reveal the crease lines.Fold both corners on the right again to align their edges with the diagonal crease lines.Make a second fold along the crease lines with each right corner.Open up the top flap on the left. Take note of  the crease lines of the folded corner.Invert the corner by pushing it inwards.Close the top flap. You will see the corner is now on the inside.Do the same with the lower corner on the left.Follow the vertical crease line and fold the paper in half again.
A sheet of origami 15cm by 15cm is required to make a 3D Origami Heart.
A sheet of origami 15cm by 15cm is required to make a 3D Origami Heart. | Source
Fold the paper in half to make a horizontal crease line across the paper.
Fold the paper in half to make a horizontal crease line across the paper. | Source
Unfold the paper and fold the edge of the bottom flap to the horizontal crease line in the centre.
Unfold the paper and fold the edge of the bottom flap to the horizontal crease line in the centre. | Source
Fold the top to the crease line.
Fold the top to the crease line. | Source
Fold the paper in half from right to left with the right side overlapping the left.
Fold the paper in half from right to left with the right side overlapping the left. | Source
Unfold the paper and fold one of the corners on the right to make a triangle.
Unfold the paper and fold one of the corners on the right to make a triangle. | Source
Repeat with the other corner on the right.
Repeat with the other corner on the right. | Source
Do the same with the corners on the left.
Do the same with the corners on the left. | Source
Unfold all the corners to reveal the crease lines.
Unfold all the corners to reveal the crease lines. | Source
Fold both corners on the right again to align their edges with the diagonal crease lines.
Fold both corners on the right again to align their edges with the diagonal crease lines. | Source
Make a second fold along the crease lines with each right corner.
Make a second fold along the crease lines with each right corner. | Source
Open up the top flap on the left. Take note of  the crease lines of the folded corner.
Open up the top flap on the left. Take note of the crease lines of the folded corner. | Source
Invert the corner by pushing it inwards.
Invert the corner by pushing it inwards. | Source
Close the top flap. You will see the corner is now on the inside.
Close the top flap. You will see the corner is now on the inside. | Source
Do the same with the lower corner on the left.
Do the same with the lower corner on the left. | Source
Follow the vertical crease line and fold the paper in half again.
Follow the vertical crease line and fold the paper in half again. | Source

How's the origami project going so far?

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Let's continue making the origami heart. Make a small triangle on the lower right corner.Repeat with the top right corner.Open up the paper.Notice the two little corners?Push the two corners inwards so that they are facing inside.This next step is a little tricky if the origami paper size is very small.Pinch the tip of one corner and fold it in half to align with the small crease line inside.Notice how the fold on the left looks like.Repeat with the other corner. If all goes well, the two corners should look like this.Close the paper and press down on the corners which are at the top of the folded paper. Open apart the bottom flaps carefully, make sure the top corners do not come apart . The top of the paper will look like this with the little corners tucked inside.Push the top of the paper downwards to make a small indentation.Press the bottom flaps together again and tuck the folded corners of one flap in between the layers of the other flap.A 3D Origami Paper Heart!
Let's continue making the origami heart. Make a small triangle on the lower right corner.
Let's continue making the origami heart. Make a small triangle on the lower right corner. | Source
Repeat with the top right corner.
Repeat with the top right corner. | Source
Open up the paper.
Open up the paper. | Source
Notice the two little corners?
Notice the two little corners? | Source
Push the two corners inwards so that they are facing inside.
Push the two corners inwards so that they are facing inside. | Source
This next step is a little tricky if the origami paper size is very small.
This next step is a little tricky if the origami paper size is very small. | Source
Pinch the tip of one corner and fold it in half to align with the small crease line inside.
Pinch the tip of one corner and fold it in half to align with the small crease line inside. | Source
Notice how the fold on the left looks like.
Notice how the fold on the left looks like. | Source
Repeat with the other corner. If all goes well, the two corners should look like this.
Repeat with the other corner. If all goes well, the two corners should look like this. | Source
Close the paper and press down on the corners which are at the top of the folded paper.
Close the paper and press down on the corners which are at the top of the folded paper. | Source
Open apart the bottom flaps carefully, make sure the top corners do not come apart . The top of the paper will look like this with the little corners tucked inside.
Open apart the bottom flaps carefully, make sure the top corners do not come apart . The top of the paper will look like this with the little corners tucked inside. | Source
Push the top of the paper downwards to make a small indentation.
Push the top of the paper downwards to make a small indentation. | Source
Press the bottom flaps together again and tuck the folded corners of one flap in between the layers of the other flap.
Press the bottom flaps together again and tuck the folded corners of one flap in between the layers of the other flap. | Source
A 3D Origami Paper Heart!
A 3D Origami Paper Heart! | Source
3D Origami Hearts
3D Origami Hearts | Source

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    • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

      lady rain 

      2 years ago from Australia

      RTalloni, sounds like a great idea!

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago from the short journey

      Cute project! I can see a string of these with little personalized messages coiled in a box waiting for a special someone to open and hang across a window or mantle.

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan, I love the thought of making the paper hearts for a wedding.. it's so exciting! Thank you for visiting my hub again :)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      These are so lovely and would be pretty as a table decoration at a wedding or other romantic event. I just love your hubs. The colors you use always draw me in.

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Sujaya - Thanks for the compliments!

      VVanNess - I love your comment :)

      prestonandkate - I hope you'll get to make some paper hearts for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the vote!

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Dolores - The paper strip method is recommended for beginners and the 3D hearts are just as beautiful. Thank you for voting and tweeting. Much appreciated!

      Purl3agony - The paper hearts are great on cocktail sticks, too!

      Cre8tor - I'm pleased to know the instructions are easy to follow :)

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      Preston and Kate 

      4 years ago from the Midwest

      Wow! Love the paper strip hearts. Great way to make some Valentine's Bunting. :) Thanks for sharing some great ideas. Voted up! -Kate

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      Preston and Kate 

      4 years ago from the Midwest

      Wow! Love the paper strip hearts. Great way to make some Valentine's Bunting. :) Thanks for sharing some great ideas. Voted up! -Kate

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh, how cute!! I love these. Very cute article!

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      your fingers deserve golden strips lady

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      Dan Robbins 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      This is great for all kinds of ages and with the holiday coming...perfect for a classroom craft. Very easy to follow instructions and pics. Great Hub!

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      Donna Herron 

      4 years ago from USA

      Adorable! I would slide them on straws to dress up drinks for a fun romantic surprise, or for a girly touch to a tea party or bridal luncheon. These hearts can be used for so many creative ideas. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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      Dolores Monet 

      4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Lovely project to sit and work on with the kids. I've never been good at origami but the kids could probably set me straight! Very pretty hearts and your illustrated instructions are great. (voted up and tweeted)

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      randomcreative - thanks for the lovely comment :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Adorable and so perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing.

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Ann1Az2 - yes, these 3D paper hearts can be used for school projects. Thanks for the vote :)

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      Ann1Az2 

      4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Might be a good school project! Thanks for sharing and voted up.

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      lady rain 

      4 years ago from Australia

      ChitrangadaSharan, that's a lovely idea to celebrate Valentine's day with your home decorated with paper hearts. Thank you for commenting, voting, pinning and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks so cute and just in time, as the Valentine day is barely few days away. It would be beautiful to decorate the homes with these lovely paper hearts.

      Well done, voted up, pinned and shared on HP!

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