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

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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

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.


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

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

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.

3D Origami Hearts

3D Origami Hearts

© 2014 lady rain

Comments

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 06, 2016:

RTalloni, sounds like a great idea!

RTalloni on February 03, 2016:

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.

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 23, 2014:

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 :)

Claudia Mitchell on February 23, 2014:

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.

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 06, 2014:

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!

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 06, 2014:

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 :)

Preston and Kate from the Midwest on February 06, 2014:

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

Preston and Kate from the Midwest on February 06, 2014:

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

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 06, 2014:

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

sujaya venkatesh on February 06, 2014:

your fingers deserve golden strips lady

Dan Reed on February 06, 2014:

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!

Donna Herron from USA on February 06, 2014:

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!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 06, 2014:

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)

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 06, 2014:

randomcreative - thanks for the lovely comment :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 05, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 05, 2014:

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

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on February 05, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 05, 2014:

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!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2014:

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!