Want to learn how to fold this beautiful origami praise heart? Well, first you get a little bit of a background story.
I used to fold a lot of origami as a stress buster. In fact, I still do whenever I get some horrible critiques or a rejection letter. I slice it up and turn that negativity into something beautiful. Then when I cool down I might actually learn something from the original contents of the paper.
When I started thinking about the #MotherhoodEncouragementProject, I thought of two other simple projects that I could have used. But I wanted to start this off with something really cool. So I remembered the double-heart dollar bill origami that I used to fold. This heart already has a special place in my life because it’s the first things I accidentally gave my husband before we were even dating. He still has that horrible folding job in a small picture frame. (Moral of the story: don’t borrow a dollar bill from a guy you like and then make bad origami. You might have to live with it for the rest of your life.)
I thought, “It shouldn’t be that hard to create a printable template that will make the double-heart even cooler.” So after folding and discarding ten to twenty hearts, I finally created this:
Origami Praise Heart Instructions
The double-heart, despite it’s delicate appearance, is actually very simple to fold. But since I couldn’t find the original instructions I memorized long ago, I’m giving you step-by-step instructions and pictures here. Just so we’re clear, this is not my origami design. I only created a dressed-up printable version. If I knew who the original creator of this origami was, I would credit him or her properly.
- Download the template by clicking here. Print out page 1, then cut out all three heart templates on their dotted lines.
- Lay template with the printed side down. Make sure the top is still at the top.
- Fold heart in half. Crease. Unfold. This is your vertical center line.
- Fold left side to center line. Fold right side to center line. Keep these lines folded. This makes “quarter-fold lines” which will help you later on in the heart.
- Fold bottom left corner to center line, making sure the bottom edge touches the center line all the way down. Repeat with right side. You’ll be able to see the “will be praised” V of the heart if you do it correctly. Unfold.
- Flip heart over. Repeat step 7, including the unfold. Flip heart back around. (If you’re lost, you should be looking at the printed side.)
- This is where it gets a little tricky because you’re doing what’s called a squash fold. Take the bottom left corner and pull it all the way to the top, using your crease lines from step #7 and step #8 as a guide for when to stop. You should have a triangle that extends past the top edge, and your quarter line will now become your horizontal center-line.
- Repeat step #5-7 with the right side.
- Ready for squash fold #2? Fold the top of your left triangle down so that the top edge now runs against your horizontal center line. This new fold should extend onto the other half of the heart. Unfold. Flip the top heart down so you can repeat the line on the other side. Unfold your second crease line, then return it back to the triangle form. Gently and using your crease marks as guide, squash the heart down. The top edge of your triangle should match up with the horizontal center line. (I find that it helps to keep a finger inside the squash fold for this one.)
- Fold the edge that extends over to the right back to the left side, until your fold matches the vertical center line.
- Repeat steps 11-12 with the right side.
- Flip your heart over. Make sure your top edge is still the top edge. Then, fold the top edge down until at least the “wh” and “an” from the printed side are visible. You can fold a little deeper if you want or need to. Unfold.
- Yes, it’s another squash fold, but this is the last one! Putting pressure on the top part of the corners, carefully squash the corners down until the crease line has been pushed flat again. You should have a triangle on each side.
- Flip back around. Fold in edges on the outer heart and inner hearts to complete the shape. Yay! You did it! (Or at least 1 of 3!)
- Write a short message of encouragement on the back. Decorate if you wish.
- Give your heart to a mom (or any woman!) who you want to encourage.
Did you make this? I want to see! Put it on Instagram. Use #UpliftMamas and tag @chaoticlifeoflauren!