How to Make Gum Wrapper Hearts

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Gum wrappers usually end up in the trash, but they don't have to. If you are an avid gum chewer and like to save those colorful wrappers for crafts, try making them into origami hearts. You can give them away to a secret crush or attach them to greeting cards and scrapbooks. Stick the gum in your mouth and get started on your wrapper hearts.

Gum wrapper hearts are a fun crafts project for kids.
Gum wrapper hearts are a fun crafts project for kids. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 1

Remove the gum from the wrapper and unfold. Lay the wrapper on a flat surface and smooth it out with your hand.

Smooth out the wrapper.
Smooth out the wrapper. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 2

Lay the paper down vertically and fold it in half. Your crease should be horizontal and the inside of the wrapper should be on the inside of the fold.

Fold wrapper in half vertically.
Fold wrapper in half vertically. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 3

Fold the wrapper in half again, but this time the other way to create a vertical crease and open it back up. Don't undo the first fold, just the second.

Fold the wrapper in half again.
Fold the wrapper in half again. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 4

Flip the wrapper upside down so the opening is now at the top.

Opening should be at the top.
Opening should be at the top. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 5

Fold the top two corners down to the inner crease to create a point. It should now look like a house.

Fold down top two corners to create a point.
Fold down top two corners to create a point. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 6

Flip the wrapper back over so the point is now at the bottom. Fold the two top corners just slightly in.

Fold in opposite corners.
Fold in opposite corners. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 7

Tear along the crease from the top about half an inch.

Tear along top crease.
Tear along top crease. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 8

Fold the two flaps in to create the top "V" of the heart.

Fold in flaps to create a "V" shape.
Fold in flaps to create a "V" shape. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 9

Fold the two points of the heart down to create a smooth shape on top.

Smooth out the heart on top.
Smooth out the heart on top. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 10

Fold the sides of the heart in to hide the ridges of the gum wrapper.

Smooth ridges of the wrapper.
Smooth ridges of the wrapper. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Step 11

Flip over and you've got a gum wrapper heart!

It's easy to create a charming gum wrapper heart.
It's easy to create a charming gum wrapper heart. (Image: Michele Andersen)

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