Two Ways to Fold an Origami Heart Card for Valentines

Today we have two origami heart cards you can fold:

  • a really sweet Valentine heart origami card that you can download, print, fold and send to a friend.
  • an origami heart so simple to fold that starts with just a square piece of paper so you can make a bunch of them to give!
Origami folded heart on a string - Kids Activities Blog with folding instructions
This folded heart is so easy you can make 100s!

Let’s start with the printable template folding heart card…

This card starts out as a heart, but with the origami folds it looks more like a Valentine envelope to the recipient until they unfold the card!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this fun Valentine Heart Origami Card!  A big thanks to Tommy John who provided this card to us for sharing.

Valentine Heart Origami Card - what the free printable looks like with instructions
Follow the instructions to create this easy folding heart card!

How to Use Printable Template to Make a Valentine Heart Origami Card

Start by downloading the Easy Printable Folding Heart Card:  Valentine Origami Heart Card

Before you print it, set your printer settings to print both front and back so you only use one piece of paper with:

  • Front side: Easy Printable Folding Heart title – front, the heart with white background and red polka dots and the instructions
  • Back side: Easy Printable Folding Heart title – back, the heart with red background with white X’s and O’s

How to Make a Paper Heart

Then grab your scissors and follow the origami heart instructions:

  1. Cut out the heart.
  2. Write your Valentine’s Day message in the center of the heart (front side).
  3. Fold lines 1 and 2 toward the middle.
  4. Make the pouch by folding line 3 down.
  5. Fold down line 4 to close the envelope and seal with a sticker.
  6. Give to someone special.
Valentine Heart Origami Card printable - what the back of the folding heart card looks like
Be sure to print the origami heart pattern on both sides of your paper!

Folding Hearts Craft

As part of your Valentine’s Day family day, making a valentine heart origami card is a cute and easy way to express love for each family member (including pets!).

I am pretty sure my dog, Panda really wants a folding card {giggle}.

Getting creative and spending quality time together makes Valentine’s Day a special experience! 

First, gather your favorite art supplies, then change into comfy pajamas, and get crafting!

You can even turn the activity into a cozy pajama party and play some games while snacking on these heart-shaped mini pizzas!

Want to try a different type of origami heart craft?

Valentine Heart Origami Card without printable template - hands shown folding hearts
Let’s try another origami heart design

Make Easy Origami Heart Without Using Printable Template

You may have folded these origami hearts as a kid or been given one as a friend. 

Follow the steps to fold them yourself.

Start with a square piece of paper.  It can be any size paper as long as it is square.  6×6 inches work great.

Steps to folding an origami heart from square piece of paper - Kids Activities Blog
Follow these steps to fold an origami heart from square paper piece.

How to Fold Origami Heart

  1. Fold the square diagonally from one corner to the other & then repeat on the other diagonal.
  2. Fold down the tip of the top corner to the middle.
  3. Fold the tip of the bottom corner to the upper fold.
  4. Now take the right side and fold up from the middle along the midline.
  5. Repeat on the left side.
  6. Turn paper over.
  7. Fold the outer corner tips back onto the back on both sides.
  8. Fold down the pointy tips on the top back to the paper edge on both right and left tip.
  9. Turn over and you are done!

Here is a quick video to show you those steps…

How to Fold Origami Heart Video

Hey! That was easier than it looks!

Oooo…one more idea!  Add a piece of twine to your origami heart…

Origami folded heart on a string - Kids Activities Blog
These folded hearts are so fun to share with those you love!

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Which origami heart is your favorite?

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