Origami Fancy Heart

Origami Fancy Heart

origami fancy heart
This Origami Fancy Heart is of unknown origin but it is often attributed to Stephen Hetch who showed diagrams of this origami design using a dollar bill (Change of Heart). You can use any rectangle which is longer than it is wide.

If you use origami paper which is colored on one side and white on the back side, then the center of the heart wil be white. If you use regular paper the same color on both sides, then the entire heart will be the same color but you can still see the decorative folds at the center of the heart.

This model is a little more hard to make compared to some of the easy origami hearts shown on this web site. However, with a bit of patience/practice and a large sheet of paper, you will be able to find success!







Origami Fancy Heart


origami fancy heart

Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper (if you are using origami paper, start with the white-side facing up).

Cut the paper into two rectangles.
You will only need one rectangle.

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Step 2:

Make a diagonal fold by folding the top-left corner down to the bottom-edge of the paper. Make the equivalent fold by folding the bottom-left corner up to the top-edge of the paper. Unfold to get an X-shaped crease.

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Step 3:

Repeat the two folds on the right-side of the model.

origami fancy heart

Step 4:

Make two mountain folds (fold back). The folds should pass through the middle of the X-creases made in step 2. Unfold.

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Step 5:

Collapse the model by re-folding along the creases made above. It is like making two waterbomb bases.

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In transition.

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Collapse complete. See next photo which is enlarged.

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Step 6:

Fold the top-left corner of the paper towards the left corner of the model.
Fold the bottom-left corner of the paper towards the left corner of the model.
Repeat with the flap on the right side of the model:
Fold top-corner towards right.
Fold bottom-corner towards right.

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Step 7:

Work with one panel at a time.
Make a squash fold.
To do this, lift the top-left flap so it is perpendicular to the model.

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Pry open the two layers of paper.

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Press the paper down evenly to flatten it into a square flap.

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Step 8:

Repeat squash fold with the other 3 panels.

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Step 9:

Work with one panel at a time.
Make another squash fold. To do this,
fold the edges of the paper towards the center crease.

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Unfold and allow the paper to stand upright.

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Step 10:

Pry open the two layer of papers and squash down flat.

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Step 11:

Repeat with the other 3 square flaps.

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Step 12:

Fold down (mountain fold) the back layer of paper.

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Step 13:

Make the corners less pointy by folding it back a little.

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Origami Fancy Heart is done!

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This is how the model would look like if you used paper that is white on the back-side.

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