How to Make Paper Hearts

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Making paper hearts in an origami style is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, and it can be done using a perfectly square piece of paper. Create paper hearts to give as gifts with instructions from a former middle school art teacher in this free video on paper crafts.

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I'm here to show you how to make a paper heart. Now most of the time it's hard to get certain sizes of paper but to get this one, to make a paper heart you need it twice as long as it is width wise. So in order to get that an easy way would be to take a square sheet of paper, fold it in half, and then because this is square half of it, this would be twice as long and then you would take and just rip it in half and you would have exactly what you need. I already kind of got a different sheet of paper, a little more color so I thought we'd give this one a try so here's our paper, twice as long as it is width wise. You are going to take your paper because you want color on the outside and you are going to crease it up length wise long skinny rectangle, make sure you have got a nice strong crease. We are going to crease it one more time like this. This will not give you a real strong crease but the long skinny rectangle you are going to fold it in half because you need to know where the middle is. Open it up and lay it back down, where this crease is you are going to take your paper and you are going to fold it up to that crease and make sure this is kind of running vertical and try to get it as strong of a crease as you can get. You are then going to turn it over and do the same thing on the other side, bring it up, make sure you kind of have that point there, side by each, bring it up and crease it down so that is what it is going to look like at the moment just like this. Now we have to get it tucked in so what we are going to do is to match this point we are going to fold and bring this back down on the table, we are going to fold this over to a point so it is the exact opposite because what you are going to do is bring this down and be tucking it down in there so we have to get the little pocket, there is a couple little areas here so bring it in and you tuck it inside that pocket down like that just to secure it like that. Don't flatten this yet. So do the same thing on the other side. You know how the fold is. You don't want to fold it this way because that would be opposite, it would be going the wrong way so what you need to do is fold it so it would be opposite just flipped over from that, make sure that is creased down, hold it, find where the little pocket is, get your thumb in there a little bit, bring this down and stick it on in there and make sure it is down and secure. So you can kind of flatten it down this way. Now to get the heart effect what you do is you take one of the sides, I'll start on this side, the right side and I'm just going to kind of stick my thumb in and just with my index finger just kind of poke it down so it rounds the edge and that will be the same thing on this side. Kind of open it up, I have got to turn it upside down here to get at it and poke it down like that so it kind of gives you the round edge of a heart. Doing the same thing on the other side, put your thumb in there and then the same thing over here, open it up some and I will use kind of my thumb on that one and bring it down, and there's your paper heart to slip inside a beautiful card for Valentine's Day. Have a great day.

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