DIY Origami Heart Love Note | February 12, 2010

Sigh... I had all these plans to create a plethora of DIY Valentine's Day projects for Eat Drink Chic. However, plans for my impending engagement party have taken up so much of my time that I've had to put these ideas on hold.

A few days ago I created these little origami heart invitations for our engagement. They open up to reveal the invitation message inside and have an attached string so that guests can also use them as a keepsake decoration. They also sit snugly in little translucent paper pockets with sewn edges.

However, in a last ditch effort to get at least SOMETHING up for Valentine's Day (as last-minute as it may be), I've removed the invitation text and provided them for you to download to write a little love note to your Valentine. In fact, you could even use this to surprise your significant other at any time of the year with an unexpected love message.

Continue to read more about the project and to download your freebies!

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

The concept for these little hearts was to keep the design as minimal as possible and instead rely on the merits of poetic words, origami craftmanship, delicate hand-stitching and some simple but beautiful materials. I just love this quote from Irish songwriter/novelist Samuel Lover "Come live in my heart and pay no rent'.

Throughout the process of planning and designing my engagement, I've come to realise that I am far more partial to small, intimate gatherings. A celebration with only your nearest and dearest allows for all those personally crafted details that make a get-together more unique and special.

Unfortunately, I've had a bit of a struggle to create this kind of event for a guest list of over 100 people. You end up sacrificing those quality personal touches to accommodate the sheer quantity of guests. For example, it is simply not possible for me to hand-stitch over 40 translucent pockets in the time that I have. (The sewing machine was proving troublesome when working with this paper and, believe me, I'm no seamstress!). I've instead settled with only sewing 5 stitches in each side.

However, despite some setbacks, I still persist at trying to implement as many of these little details as I can get away with! Over the next few weeks, I will no doubt be imparting more stories and projects from this crazy process.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HEART

Print out your origami heart design onto good quality, ribbed or textured, white or off-white stock. Use a ruler and scalpel to cut out the design. For instructions to create an origami heart out of the printed design, see this page. It includes a video tutorial which is easy to follow! Important note: When you first begin folding, start with the side with the design facing down.

Once you're created your heart, fold up from the bottom to reveal the space for your hand-written love message. Write your message and fold it shut again. Punch a small round hole in the top and string through your white yarn/twine and tie a knot at the end.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR POCKET

Print out your pocket design onto white translucent paper. Using a ruler and scalpel, gently score along the middle of your printed pocket design (marked by the dotted lines) then cut out design. Fold along the scored line then take your needle and white thread and hand-stitch along each side (I've used a back-stitch). For an added detail, you could use a pair of mini scallop scissors to create some decorative edging along each side.

Slip your origami heart into the center of your pocket. To mail, slip into a square kraft paper envelope.

I will be spending this weekend with my fiance creating the invitations. Printing, cutting, folding, stitching...lots of fun!

Hope you enjoy your Valentine's Day!

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Engagement Party, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Valentines Day

Comments

  1. Claire | Feb 12, 2010
    Amy - Thanks so much for this really cute and clever project! I love it and am off to start one - Claire.
  2. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project. I really love it. Have a nice Valentine's Day. Greets from Germany!
  3. love this! I'm going to make one as a valentine for my hubby!
  4. This is soo very very cute! Going to download it right now hehe!!
  5. So lovely and elegant! I'd love to feature it, if I may, and will link to your post. And best wishes to you and your fiance!
  6. That's too lovely!!! It's gonna make someone's heart flutter :)
  7. this is cute! :)
  8. The first photo is just very beautiful !
    And I love what is written on the heart. =)
  9. So pretty and so creative! Linked to this from twitter today.
  10. Linda | Feb 14, 2010
    So lovely! Congratulations on your engagement. And how great is it that you have a fiance that is sharing in the making of the invitations!?!?

    A few years ago I helped a friend make reception favors. It was a lot of fun. She and her husband made all of the invitations. She said her greatest nightmare was to go to the house of one of the invitees only to see the invitation at the bottom of a wastebasket!

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
  11. This is beautiful. My boyfriend was reading my blogs over my shoulder and when he saw this, he told me he wanted to make me one. We're going to learn together.
  12. Sutthida | Feb 14, 2010
    Thank you so much for this brilliant idea. What an adorable project.
    Browsing your blog is one of the happiest thing I always love to do.^_^
  13. Lisa | Feb 14, 2010
    Thank you so much for sharing this project with us. It is now Valentine's Day here in Greece but I am getting out my paper and trying to make up a few!
    Happy Valentine's Day
  14. Adorable and such a nice pic. Happy Valentine's Day!
  15. This is just great– I didn't see the whole post at first-- clever and generous!
  16. Oh these are so adorable! You are so clever and I love your classic minimal but with gorgeous materials idea!
    Hope you had a lovely day and that your little hands are not too sore from all that work!
    Love Love
    Hello Sando
    xxx
  17. I made this for my boyfriend and put it on his breakfast tray with several heart shaped breakfast foods and he loved it! He was incredibly impressed with the fact that i figured out how to do an origami heart. So thank you Eat.Drink.Chic for adding a lovely touch to my Valentine's Day!
    <3
  18. Thanks for this idea - i made it for my boyf (http://www.flickr.com/photos/oh_gosh/4358609639/in/photostream/) and i was so impressed with how easy it was - i can't believe you made loads of them though, its not the quickest process......
  19. thanks all for the lovely words! it's nice to hear that some of you are putting it to good use. :)

    crissy- that's so sweet how you included it in your breakfast tray!

    em- did you make those out of kraft paper? they look great! just finished making 50 of them this weekend with my fiance. it took us a few hours but it just gets easier the more you do!
  20. I love this design and idea! Which font did you use for your names and "heart"? I love that too!
  21. These are sooooo adorably cute! I admire you big time for doing such a thing: first making it up and then actually making them as well - wow! I only hope that when I get married (problaby never, though, my boyfriend doesn't like the idea :-( )
    I'll think of something so nice to send to our guests...
  22. hi maria- the 'heart' and names text wasn't a font, it was my hand-writing.
  23. Sarah | Feb 18, 2010
    wow this is such a fantastic idea!
    i was just wondering what font you used to type the quote? i might have to use that font sometime...its pretty~
  24. Thank you for sharing this creative gem! Too bad I didn't see this until after Valentine's!
  25. Tess | Mar 3, 2010
    Oh my... i think this is the prettiest thing I've ever seen. So sweet and simple. Thanks for sharing!
  26. Monique | Mar 4, 2010
    This is just beyond awesome!
    And ohhh so cute! Thanks for the download :)
  27. nicole | Mar 4, 2010
    you are so talented and this is just too lovely for words! thanks for sharing and i'm sure your guests will adore this beautiful keepsake!
  28. Alessandra | Mar 6, 2010
    Fantastic idea!I think that it'll be my wedding invitation!
    What kind of paper can I use?
    Thak you so much!
  29. Hi there!

    I would love to use one of your images of the heart origami on my blogspot.
    kind regards,
    carla
  30. Pavla | Mar 17, 2010
    Thank you Amy. I'll probably use these for our wedding decoration and partly as wedding favors. Thank you again - great idea.
    Pavla
  31. Terri-Lynn | Mar 20, 2010
    Hello,

    I was wondering how you you managed to design the paper so that the quote lined up so precisely. We are thinking of using these to make a unique guest book for a 50th wedding anniversary. We'd make them out of different colors, fold them all, let guests write inside them and then put them all in a lg. old fashioned clear glass cookie jar. It's not that we don't love your quote & rose it's just that we'd like to put the quotes that we've used for other parts of the decor/invites on ours.
  32. Emma | Mar 22, 2010
    hey these are adorable. i can seem to down load the link though : ( do you know where else i could get my hands on the design instructions.

    Thanks, Emma
  33. Hi Terri-Lynn,

    There was a bit of measurement and a little bit of trial and error involved in getting it in the correct spot.

    I guess the best way is to start with a rectangular sheet of paper with dimensions of your choosing, fold it into the heart. write some text in the areas that you plan to have text in. unfold so that you can see where they exist on the paper then in illustrator, or whatever program you are using, draw up the rectangle with the same dimensions and place the text in the appropriate areas. As a guide, I actually drew up the fold lines in illustrator as well. Then I printed it out and tested it and adjusted it a few times to make sure the text was in exactly the spot I wanted it. I hope that was helpful and not too confusing :)
  34. Emma- Apologies, I'm not sure where else to get the instructions for the exact same origami heart- the link seems to work fine for me though. Sorry, I can't be of help :(
  35. Emma Louise | Apr 18, 2010
    hi

    i love this cute love heart note, I downloaded and used the template you have put on here to download, however mine doesn't seem to match up,

    meaning about the writing saying,
    "come live in my heart and pay no rent"

    it's all out of line.
  36. Have gotten so much inspiration from your site and am going to make these with mini-sunflower seeds inside as a "growing gift" for the guests at my wedding. Will make some kind of a tree to hang them from. thank you!
  37. Grace G. | Apr 22, 2010
    LOVE! I just spend a half an hour figuring it out and am now decided that I will use these for favors at my wedding! They would make a perfect little keepsake Christmas ornament for guests!

    Thanks so much!
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  39. Mary | May 4, 2010
    Hello Amy,
    I'd like to change quote using Adobe Acrobat Pro but I thought very difficult!
    Coud you give me some clue? How can I edit the text using Adobe?
    Thanks, Mary
  40. Thank you so much! This blog is a gold mine. These hearts gave me an inspiration for Mother's Day. Hopefully, she will like it. If she doesn't, at least I had fun and the satisfaction of making something beautiful. Of course, I posted my craft, and of course, I linked you as my inspiration. Once again, thank you so much! And please keep posting beautifully!
  41. I love this idea and will use it for my wedding! it goes perfectly with the whimsy informal fun theme we want to have. We will also have origami as part of decor so this fits in perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing your genius with us! I love your blog as well!
  42. Wow, I wouldn't mind making one of these. Thank you for the wonderful idea.
  43. Hi Violet,

    Cool Origami Heart. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog recently. Have a wonderful weekend!

    hi-d
  44. leanne blanche | Jul 12, 2010
    Hi Amy, I loveeeee all your little cute creations, I was wanting to know what type of paper (the brand) you use to print on (for the origami), because I know a lot of home printers find it hard to print on textured paper especially if it is thick.
  45. Leanne- Off the top of my head, I don't know what particular brand I use, however, the paper is not that thick. I'm using an officejet printer, I find these more tolerant of thicker papers than laser printers in general
  46. missarah | Jul 21, 2010
    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for the inspiration. About two weeks ago my fiance and I were playing with the idea of doing origami invitations for our wedding and here they are! I may use these as my wedding invites or save the dates as well as incorporating it into the reception to tie it all together.

    Question, where did you order the translucent paper and envelopes?
  47. great blog post!
  48. To have such talent as displayed here...makes me want to keep trying and create something so beautiful....
  49. wow they are beautiful wish a could make something like that
  50. Maya | Aug 6, 2010
    These hearts are so adorable and so impressive looking :) If you don't mind, I'm going to use them as part of my table decorations for a lunch I'm having so that all my bridesmaids can meet each other :)

    Thank you! x
  51. My wife is gonna love this site...Thanks
  52. kay | Sep 10, 2010
    Hi there

    Love this site and have just seen you featured on rockmywedding.com - anyways i can't seem to download the tutorial - it downloads but it's pretty much a blank page - can you help in anyways -? I'm just interested to see how easy/or difficulty it maybe to make these!!!

    Any help is MUCH appreciated.
    thanks
    k
  53. Hi Kay- If you're having trouble downloading the PDF, try right clicking on the download button and saving straight to your computer. Hope that helps :)
  54. If that aint the cutest thing! My girl is going to love to see this.
  55. I would like to start my own blog one day. This was a really nice blog that you made here. Keep up the success :P
  56. now i know what to make for my girlfriends birthday, thank you very much!
  57. i like the way you do it, i hope i will get the same results when i do it :)
  58. I had some questions but I got my answers just from reading the rest of the site and the comments.
  59. Great information. Just what I was looking for. Thanks!
  60. I love the heart shaped origami you've made and the way you made it, you make it easier for us to follow. I'm a first timer here on your blog, and 'be back and check some more of your posts.

    Cindy
  61. Hi, i'm desperately wondering what font was used in here? I love this idea! i am definitely making it!
  62. Hi Katrina,

    The font used in this was Travelling Typewriter which you can download from dafont.com
  63. Ruth | Jan 2, 2011
    Absolutely LOVE these!!!! How can you change the text for the template??? I want to use these little beauties as 'Save the Dates' but need to put my own text in! Any ideas?? x x
  64. Josefine | Jan 6, 2011
    Hello, what a lovely site you have, i wonder if i can link to your site from my blog?

    Thank you in advanced!
  65. I love that kind of art!
  66. The download /adobe links won't work anymore :(
    please help.. they're lovely.
  67. Hi I love this!

    Just downloaded to make some props for an upcoming engagement photo shoot, but can't seem to download it so that the black lines aren't on the design?

    Is there something I'm missing?
  68. christy | Feb 5, 2011
    I love this. Yes, is there anyway you can post a template with out the black lines?
  69. Hey guys, I'm not sure what you mean by black lines. Can you please explain where they are on the design?
  70. christy | Feb 9, 2011
    Hi amy,

    i guess when i download the templates, there are black lines running throughout the design. I think they may be the folding lines? It is bascially a rectangular box with crisscrossing black lines. The lines run through the peony and the arrow. Is anyone else having this problem? Thank you so much for your help amy!
  71. Christy- That's really strange. The PDF has no black lines in the design at all. What are you using to view it and what kind of computer do you have? I've noticed that there have been some issues with Preview on the Mac with some of my downloads. However, if you download a copy of Acrobat Reader and use this to view it, this may solve the problem.
  72. Amy, this worked great once I figured out the directions :P There are little black lines on the design, but I figured out that they are the guidelines of the size of paper. If you just connect the lines with a ruler and pencil, you see the outline. After cutting out, the size and design work perfectly. The first time I downloaded the pdf, it didn't have the words or flower design, but as of today, they do. So it should work if anyone follows the directions.

    Hope that helps you, and thanks for the excellent design and idea. I love it!
  73. Hey there, I really love your variation of this model!!!
    I have featured and linked to this post from mine about origami hearts, you can see it here:
    http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/02/12/heart-origami/
    I may try this on a bigger paper. Its a bit fiddly for me!!!
    Have a good day! xxx
  74. Irene | Feb 21, 2011
    Hi! where can i find that brown paper packet (the brown envelope) on a website? Is there a link?

    please answer at: i.moriconi@email.it

    thanks a lot

    irene
  75. Mette | Mar 11, 2011
    Hi Amy,
    I am using this brilliant heart-idea for my weddinginvitations - but I just need to ask you: where can I find the font you used to write "heart" on the front...?
    Thank you very much for your fantastic inspiration - hi from Denmark
  76. so lovely. i've got leftover translucent paper from making wedding invites and i was googling 'transclucent paper origami' when it led to this design. i am following the instructions now.
  77. Katie | Mar 28, 2011
    This is beautiful and has inspired me to use these as my wedding invites. Any chance you can post a download copy that can be altered so that I can change the colours and the quote on the front. It will save a lot of time trying to get the writing in the correct place.

    Thanks,
    Katie
  78. Tarren Young | Mar 28, 2011
    This is such an amazingly cute idea! You put a lot of work into! Beautiful!
  79. Jessica Dunlap | May 29, 2011
    After folding several of these to slip inside our save the dates, my brilliant fiance figured out that you can make them look a lot nicer by changing the paper dimensions. This fold is designed for dollar bills, but if you're using a different type of paper, you can cut a little bit off the end and save several steps designed to make up for the odd shape of a dollar bill. (A life saver if you're making 100+) The dimensions we used were 2-9/16" x 5-1/8." We used 70lb linen textured resume paper and they look really great. Hope that helps people who are making their own custom versions!
  80. Katie | Jun 2, 2011
    Thank you for the advice Jessica. What part of the folding did you miss out?

    Thanks, Katie
  81. Jessica Dunlap | Jun 4, 2011
    Ignore the previous dimensions I gave you- just make sure that the paper rectangle you start out with is EXACTLY twice as long as it tall. (You can use any size paper you like.) The dotted "X" shapes in step 1 will actually touch but not overlap. If you do that, you can completely eliminate folding it in half at the end of step 3 and all of steps 4 and 5. The interior of the heart will be one flat piece and the heart will lie flatter.

    And a technique trick- when you're making the "X" folds in step 1, start by carefully pinching just the very outside corners at an exact 45 degree angle, then line the two edges up and crease away from the pinched corners to the edge with a bone folder to get a perfect point. It works a lot better than starting at the center and creasing it outward and makes a big difference in the way it looks at the end. I hope that makes sense!
  82. Katie | Jun 5, 2011
    That's great. I'll give it a go and see what happens. Good luck with your wedding. Thanks, Katie
  83. Serene | Jul 6, 2011
    How amazing! Definately love what you've done, and definately going to use this as my wedding invitations.
    Although one question, your download is only for the translucent wallet and not for the heart itself. Do you have a download at all for the text on the paper so that I know where to type my own notes etc?

    Hope this makes sense!
    xXx
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  85. This is just a great work!brilliant idea.
  86. Thank you for the advice fantastic inspiration.
  87. So cute! i will make it for gifts. Thanks for sharing.
  88. Thankyou for sharing! make perfect invites for my eighteenth! these where the ones i made! http://orangeberrygraphicdesign.blogspot.com/
  89. Ramesh | Dec 3, 2011
    good one
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  92. lauren | Jan 1, 2012
    You are amazing!
    I am currently creating these as invites for our engagement party, your blog is an inspiration and such a blessing as I am so ridiculously bland in ideas! hehe

    wish me luck! xx
  93. JM | Jan 14, 2012
    Thank you for this!!
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  95. What a lovely idea. Valentine's Day is fast approaching and this gonna be a great project to make for people you love. Thanks for giving us the inspiration.

    Thanks,
    Cindy
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  97. Nina | Jan 27, 2012
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  98. Claire | Feb 5, 2012
    Just wanted to let anybody who was having troubles know that those black lines that aren't aligned only show up when you open the pdf through your browser. If you save the file to desktop then let it open in Adobe it shows up without the black lines :)
  99. love this DIY!! i also did a heart DIY for valentines :)

    come check it out:
    http://herimajination.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-heart-shaped-tea-bags.html

    xx jin
  100. How did you get your text so perfectly lined up prior to folding?
    This is beautiful.
    Thankyou for sharing.
  101. patty | Feb 18, 2012
    A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E... thanks!
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  103. Loved this idea since the first time I saw it, made my own version of the envelopes to hold our DVD invitation (we made a stop motion video!).
  104. valerie | Mar 27, 2012
    I would like to know how to do this, would you make a "how to do..."? Regards :-)
  105. Y una técnica de truco cuando estás haciendo la "X" pliegues en el paso 1, comience cuidadosamente apretando sólo las curvas muy fuera en un ángulo grado exacto de 45 años, y luego cubren los dos extremos y aumento de las esquinas se pellizcó a la borde con una plegadora para obtener un punto perfecto. Funciona mucho mejor que comenzando en el centro y plegado hacia el exterior y hace una gran diferencia en la forma en que se ve al final. Espero que tenga sentido!
  106. Michelle | Apr 19, 2012
    Thank you
  107. Felicito personalmente a este comentario por el creador o creadores de este artículo tan interesante es precisamente lo que quería, muchas gracias por escribir y publicar. He leído artículos muy diferentes. pero al igual que sus artículos, y esperamos que usted va a escribir más y mejor. i les asesorara a la lectura de ellos, gracias
  108. charlene | May 31, 2012
    Hi Amy,

    I saw these wonderful origami hearts and thought they would be perfect for my wedding invitations.
    Although they are a bit small, I wouldn't suppose you'd know measurements to make them bigger?

    Many Thanks,

    Charlene :)
  109. Jade | Jul 7, 2012
    Help.... I've learnt to fold the heart but now I have your download I can't seem to fold it so the words are in the right place. I've tryed every way xx
  110. Rachael T. | Sep 25, 2012
    Hello, I really LOVE your heart origami. May I know where did you get the instructions to fold it? I want to make one for my girlfriend. thank you!
  111. Hi Amy, where did you find your brown paper envelope? These little invites are amazing I'm doing them for my engagement but have no idea where to start!

    You can reply to sarah_jayne@live.com.au
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  114. Casey | Mar 20, 2013
    Thank you so much for ALL of your wonderful DIY and Freebie downloads. They're all very sweet and I am so pleased to have stumbled upon your site! Have a lovely day!
  115. Carmen | Mar 31, 2013
    The quote doesn't line up properly when i finish folding the heart... any tips on what might have went wrong?
  116. Nichole Zimmerman | Apr 24, 2013
    So kawaii (cute) ^3^) ')... I did not realize how this simple invitation can touch, and it makes me feel to value the most important day... we always pick up troubles in finding the most stunning preparations for weddings... but this one is amazing... aside form wedding invitations in a bottle.. this origami is one of my favorite ideas.. thanks :) I can recommend these to my friends..
  117. Kara | Jul 19, 2013
    Do you make and sell these by request? They are amazing!!
  118. Kelly | Feb 4, 2014
    Hi Amy,

    I have just recently starting organising our engagement and the first thing that popped up when looking for ideas was your origami invitation. I immediately fell in love and made one myself! They are going to be the basis for our invitiations... thank you so much they are so very cool! Do you have any tips on where the text box would be positioned to add our own party details where you had yours? Thank you again. Not just for this masterpiece but your whole site is so inspirational! :) X
  119. Marthenira Alves e Silva | Nov 25, 2014
    You are fantastic with your ideas. I used your herth in my classes. My students loved.
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