How to Make a Last-Minute Valentine Out of Printer Paper
How To Turn Printer Paper Into Origami Paper
Uh-oh! Valentine's Day is TODAY and you have no store-bought valentines to share.
But what you do have is printer paper—and lots of it.
What you're going to do with that printer paper is pretty awesome. You're going to impress your friends, family, office mates, and even the pickiest significant other with your newfound paper-folding skills.
That's right—origami is coming to your rescue this Valentine's Day, and you may even acquire an addictive new hobby to boot.
I know you're short for time, so let's cut to the chase. Your very first step will be preparing your printer paper for origami.
If you're like me and still can't cut a decent straight line, no worries. You don't even need scissors to create a perfect square out of 8.5x11 printer paper.
Let's get started!
How To Create Origami Paper: Step #1
Your first step is to get a regular piece of printer paper and lay it vertically on a flat surface.
Grab A Piece of 8/8.5x11 inch Printer Paper
Step #2: How To Create Your First Fold
Next, take either the upper right-hand or left-hand corner of your paper and bring it down toward the bottom of your paper.
When bringing your corner down, you want to line it up with the opposite side of your paper to great a triangle. So if you're bringing down the upper right-hand corner of your paper, you'll want to line it up parallel with the left side of your paper—or vice versa.
Once you've created a triangle, you can fold and crease your paper down.
It should look like this:
Make Your First Fold
Step #3: Your Second Fold
Your next fold will require you to take the remaining upper corner of your paper and bring that down.
Like before, as you bring down your corner, match it up parallel with the other side until you've formed a nice triangle. Try to be as precise as possible.
Once you've lined everything up perfectly, go ahead and make your second fold.
Your printer paper should now look like this:
Create Another Triangle
Step #4: Remove The Remaining Rectangle
Right under your newly made triangle should be a remaining strip of paper.
Your next step is to fold that rectangle back and crease it. Then, fold and crease it again in the opposite direction.
Keep creasing that piece back and forth until you feel you can confidently tear it off without making a mistake. I often do this because I still suck at cutting a straight line with scissors.
Your process should go like this:
Fold & Crease The Remaining Rectangle Back
Keep Creasing Until You Can Tear The Rectangle Off
Tear Off That Rectangle!
Unfold Your Paper & Voila!
Making Your Origami Heart: Step #1
You should now have a perfect (or close to perfect) square for origami. Yay!
Your next step is to rotate your paper so it looks like a diamond.
Your diamond should already have a folded line straight through the middle from our previous steps. If not, simply fold your diamond in half horizontally (or "hamburger" style) to create that line.
Next, bring the top corner of your diamond down and line it up with that folded center line. Once you've lined everything up and formed a mini triangle, fold your paper down.
Your paper should now look like this:
Bring The Top Corner Down, Then Fold
Step #2: Bring The Bottom Corner Up, Then Fold.
Now, you're going to do the same thing you just did in step #1 with the bottom corner of your diamond.
Except this time, instead of lining up the tip of your corner with the middle line, you're going to line up the tip with the very top crease. You created that crease in step #1 with your first corner fold.
Once you've lined everything up straight, go ahead and create your fold. Your heart should now look similar to this:
The Top & Bottom of Your Diamond Should Now Be Folded
Step #3: Fold The Remaining Sides of Your Diamond
Now, let's pay attention to the remaining sides of your diamond.
Your next step is to take either the right or left remaining corner of your diamond and bring it up toward the top.
As you bring that corner up toward the top of your shape, you will notice a small kite-shaped diamond forming as you do this. Make sure the side of that mini diamond is lined up perfectly with that center vertical crease you see in the photo.
Once everything is lined up, go ahead and fold that part down. Your origami heart should now look like this:
Create A "Mini" Kite-Shaped Diamond, Then Fold
Now, Do The Same Exact Fold On The Opposite Side
Step #4: Shape Your Heart
You should now see your heart taking shape. That means you're nearly there!
Now, all you have to do is complete four additional "mini folds" and your heart shape will be complete.
These remaining folds are super easy so let's get started:
First, Fold Your Side Corners In
Next, Fold The Remaining Top Corners Down
Voila! Your Folds Are Complete.
Tape Down Loose Corners & Folds
Step #5: Decorate Your Printer Paper Valentine!
Congrats! You've created your first origami heart valentine from printer paper. Now, it's time to decorate.
This is my favorite part :-)
I decided to keep my valentine simple with just a few Valentine's Day balloon doodles and an "I Love You Message."
I personally used my favorite Prismacolor pens and just a hint of Crayola, but I also recommend the following supplies for decorating your printer paper valentine:
- Heart-shaped rubber stamps
- Valentine's Day stickers
- Dried flowers
Or you can keep it minimalist and classy with a sweet message and nothing more.
It's Decorating Time
Printer Paper Valentine Tutorial: Wrap Up
I sure hope you enjoyed this easy-breezy tutorial for making printer paper valentines.
Now that you've gotten the hang of it, you can quickly make heart-shaped notes and cards for all kinds of special occasions.
Have any origami valentine hacks of your own to share? I'd love to hear them! Sound off in the comments below.