3D Paper Craft, A Gift That Takes Your Heart
The heart has been a symbol for “love” and used as the seat of emotions for countless centuries. This isn’t just a simple cut-out heart, it’s a 3D paper craft you’ll be proud to present as a gift.
There are many things you can do with this paper heart, you can stick it on top of a paper teddy bear, stick it on the cover of a greeting card or hardbound notebook, and/or put the name of the person you’ll be giving it to on it.
- A4-sized Red Coloured Paper
Tip: I don’t recommend using standard origami paper for this because the final product would be too small. Instead, a red A4-sized coloured paper that’s cut into a square is the perfect size for this.
If you don’t know how to square an A4-sized paper, don’t worry, I’ll show you how to do it.
- Scissors (which we will only use once)
So Let’s Start Making This 3D Paper Craft Heart
NOTE: Most of the steps for making the heart involve folding and then unfolding in order to create “guidelines”. This is called “creasing” the paper. We usually do this so that we can use lines as reference later on.
- 1st Step:- After changing the A4 into a square, fold it in half horizontally and then open it again. Now, fold it in half vertically. This will leave you with guidelines as shown:
- 2th Step:- Next, fold the left edge in a way that it meets the centre, and then do the same for the right edge.
- 3th Step:- Fold in half horizontally and then unfold it. This will leave you with another guideline.
- 4th Step:- Now, line up the top edge (marked below as Line 1) with the centre guideline (Line 2) and then unfold. Similarly, line up the bottom edge (Line 3) with the centre guideline (Line 2), then unfold:
- 5th Step:- The next few steps might get confusing, but don’t worry and don’t give up! I’ll go through them slowly and as clearly as possible. Line up the top edge of the paper to Line 3, then unfold.
Repeat this by lining up the bottom edge of the paper with Line 1 and then unfold. Look at the dotted lines below for reference:
If you’re successful, you’ll end up with five guidelines instead of three:
I’ve labelled them 1-5 from the top most guideline to the bottom guideline. Don’t rush! Take your time and read the instructions carefully. I know you can do it!
- 6th Step:- Okay, here we go. To avoid confusion, place your finger on top of the bottom left corner of your paper.
Now, while holding the bottom left corner, line up the left edge of the paper with Line 2.
It’s almost as if the two black triangles I marked in the picture are going to kiss, but they won’t (see the second picture for this step). Then unfold the paper.
- 7th Step:- Your paper will now have a sixth guideline once you unfold it (as shown below):
Now you have to create a seventh guideline. Again, before you fold anything, I’m going to ask you to place your finger on top of the bottom right corner of the paper (which I marked in the picture).
We’re going to create a big “X” with our next fold. This means you have to line up the right edge of the paper with Line 2. Then unfold the paper. This is exactly what you did with the last step, but using the right side instead of the left.
- 8th Step:- Look, you now have a big “X” guideline once you unfold the paper. Line 7:
Doesn’t our “X” look a little lonely? That’s why we’re going to make another “X” so that it has a friend.
This time, place your finger on the top left corner. Don’t let go of that left corner and line up the left edge of the paper with Line 4.
Remember to unfold! We’re creating guidelines for us to use later on and to make the 3D paper heart more puffy
- 9th Step:- So, what happens once you unfold your paper again? Yep, you guessed it.
You have another new guideline: Line 8. You now have half of your second big “X” guideline. This is the last confusing step. I promise everything will get easier from here, so hang in there!
Find your top right corner and don’t let go of it. Line up the right edge of the paper with Line 4. You know the drill. Unfold it, and voila!
You finally have two big “X” guidelines (which are very important) and it now looks like one large “X”
- 10th Step:- Whew. You okay? I’m glad you made it this far, the next few steps are the easiest parts. Fold the corners inward. Like so:
- 11th Step:- Now we’re going to open two alternate corners so that you can insert them into each other later on. Here are the pictures for reference:
This is what I mean by “opening” the corners.
And here is the “alternating” pattern that you should follow.
I opened only Corner 2 and Corner 3 while leaving Corners 1 & 4 just the way they are because later on, you’ll insert Corner 2 inside Corner 4 and then Corner 3 inside Corner 1, but don’t worry about that for now.
- 12th Step:- You’re doing great! We’re almost there. Turn the paper over and so that it looks like this:
Using your thumbs and index fingers, gently press down on the two small triangles on both sides of the paper:
- 13th Step:- Now, turn the paper over again, it’s finally time to insert the corners. As shown below (and as I mentioned earlier), Apply glue and then insert Corner 2 into Corner 4 and then Corner 3 into Corner 1.
- 14th Step:- Now all we need to do is glue up the sides of the heart.
Tip: Make sure to pinch for at least ten seconds so that the sides close properly.
Ta-da! A beautiful 3D paper craft heart. It’s true that the main reason I’m mentioning it here is because I’m trying to show you how to add to your paper bear’s cuteness, but as I mentioned earlier, you can use the heart as a gift in many different ways.
To recap, you can stick the heart on the cover of a plain greeting card/notebook. Or put the name of the person you’ll be giving it to on the heart and then attach it to a large chocolate bar.
Hope you enjoy your beautiful 3D paper craft heart!
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