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 experience 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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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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, try 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 friends and family.