Monday, February 07, 2011

Valentine Count Up/Folded Heart

Here's a simple folded heart that you can make for Valentine cards or other decorations. Once you get the hang of it, they are easy to make in quantity. I used the label from a large can of tomatoes. I cut it down so that the paper was about twice as wide as it is tall.
Turn the paper over and fold up a flap about 1/4 the height of the paper. To be more precise, you can fold the paper in half, open it, and fold the the bottom edge up to the center fold.

Fold the paper in half with the flap on the inside.

Open the paper. Bring the bottom right side of the paper to meet the center fold and crease.

Bring the bottom left side of the paper to meet the center fold and crease.

Turn the paper over.

Bring the right edge to meet the right edge of the folded flap and crease.

Bring the left edge to meet the left edge of the folded flap and crease.

Fold the inside folded edge of each flap on the diagonal to make a triangle. This is the center of the heart.

On each side, fold the outside edge on the diagonal to form a triangle.

Turn over the paper to see the heart.

If you attach your heart to a card, it is helpful to glue down the triangle folds first. You can also combine hearts to make a wall piece. I used tomato can labels again. There are two layers of cereal box pieces. One is covered with plastic netting from a grapefruit bag. The hearts and the box pieces were attached by poking two holes with a needle and inserting and then twisting wire. You can also use white glue.

View a video on how to make this heart from a dollar bill.

Directions for a more (but not too) complicated folded heart.


Michele said...

Thank you for a great opportunity to play with various labels and ads. I've made a funny valentine out of a craft store's ads. I love your blog and your work.

Grandma Lizzie's House said...

I remember making these hearts with my children when they were young. It was fun to renew that memory. I shared it on my website.

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