Do you ever get the blues? For the most part, I keep myself too busy to feel down. But today is one of those days. They happen, and the best thing to do is not feel bad about feeling bad (I’ll bet you know what I mean!) and just carry on as best you can. Today also happens to be the funeral of a friend, however. Today is a sad day. I just can’t work right now. I need to make something, and papercrafts are easy. Crafting always helps me. So I’m making an DIY paper winged heart. Come along and make one with me, will you?
DIY Paper Winged Heart Materials
- One piece of square paper with red on one side and white on the other. Origami paper tends to come this way, but I had none on hand today. So I simply printed a red box on a piece of white paper. If you don’t have a printer, just get a white piece of paper and color one side red with crayon, pencil, or marker. (Also, you can use any color you wish, of course.)
Tip: I made a PDF of six colored paper squares (red, pink, light blue, green, gold, and orange) and placed it in my Resource Library to download for free. (You can get the password to it by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.)
DIY Paper Winged Heart Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: If you printed out a square on a sheet of paper, as I did, cut it out now. You want a perfect square. Size isn’t that important.
Step 2: Fold your paper in half, red side up.
Step 3: Unfold.
Step 4: Fold your paper in half the other way, red side up again.
Step 5: Unfold.
Step 6: Fold bottom half up, red side up.
Step 7: Fold top half down, red side up.
Step 8: Turn your folded paper over.
Step 9: Fold the bottom right corner up to the top middle, leaving the white flap underneath unfolded (as shown below).
Step 10: Fold the bottom left corner up to the top middle, again leaving the white flap underneath unfolded.
Step 11: Turn your folded paper over.
Step 12: Fold down the top 1/3 of the top rectangle.
Step 13: Open up the right section you just folded down, flattening out the paper.
Step 14: Also open the left section, again flattening out the paper.
Step 15: Fold down the right corner at a 90 degree angle.
Step 16: Fold down the left corner at a 90 degree angle.
Step 17: Flip it over.
Step 18: Fold down the right corner to match the top middle folds.
Step 19: Fold down the left corner to match the top middle folds.
You are done! You’ve made a paper winged heart. And the really cool thing about this is that there are TWO secret compartments for notes.
The first secret compartment for your hidden message is on the front of the heart, like this:
The second one is more hidden — it’s on the back of the heart, under the flap.
Doing this simple little craft took no more than 10 minutes (and that’s with taking photos every step of the way). Don’t let all the photos fool you into thinking this is hard, because it is really quite simple. And creating it made me feel a little better.
These simple hearts make great Valentines, gifts for loved ones, decorations, and more.
I’d love to see your project! If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.
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