2 Ways to Make an Origami Heart Envelope (Instruction + Video)

Learn how to make 2 ways of making origami heart envelopes with the step-by-step folding instructions. We also added a video tutorial to make learning easier for you.

origami heart envelope

Hello crafty people! We’re back with a fun and cute origami project after a while. Today we are making heart envelopes. These beautiful and elegant paper craft is perfect for holding small notes or gifts. So you may use them to send your heartfelt message or love note to someone special.

Both tutorials and beginner-friendly and do not require any fancy materials. You’ll need a single sheet of A4 size paper for the single sheet origami heart envelope and for the other one you’ll need 15cm x 15cm and 7cm x 7cm sheets. Just invest a couple of minutes and you’ll have some cute origami heart envelopes and it won’t even cost you a dollar.

how to make a heart envelope

Things You Will Need

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

You will need these tools to measure and prepare the sheets for the origami projects.

Materials

  • Colored craft paper (light or medium light)

Learn 2 Ways of Making Heart Envelopes

Instruction 1: Single Sheet Origami Heart Envelope

Step 1: Prepare the Sheet

For this origami heart envelope, you’ll need a sheet that has 2 different colors on each side. In case you can’t find a sheet like this, you can join 2 different colored (very light) papers together. We attached a white and a pink sheet together. The sheet needs to be of A4 size.

After joining the 2 sheets, fold them half lengthwise, keeping the dark-colored side facing outside.

Step 1: Prepare the Sheet

Step 2: Base Folds and Creases

Fold either side of the half-folded sheet in half again, this time, fold it outwards. Similarly, fold the other side and then unfold all the previous folds, these will leave creases.

Step 2: Base Folds and Creases

Step 3: Working on the Heart Shape

Turn the origami pattern to the other side. Fold the pattern along the inner edges of the triangle part. Unfold the corner folds. Fold in the closed corners and align them with the nearest creases.

Step 3: Working on the Heart Shape

Step 4: Working on the Heart Shape

Unfold the last 2 corner folds. Keeping the side crease flattened, slightly open the pattern from a side (we started from the left side). Flatten the left side of the pattern along the diagonal creases. This will form a triangular part on the left side.

Similarly, slightly open the right side and flatten it as we did on the left side.

Step 4: Working on the Heart Shape

Step 5: Working on the Heart Shape

Open the folds on the right side. Align the yellow dash-lined sides together while folding in the red dash-lined side. Flatten the right side.

Step 5: Working on the Heart Shape

Step 6: Working on the Heart Shape

Similarly, fold the left side. Now, we are going to use the top part of the current pattern to make the heart shape. Fold the left flap in half and align it with the white part of the pattern.

Fold the open corners of the half-folded flap. Fold the top corner inwards.

Step 6: Working on the Heart Shape

Step 7: Working on the Heart Shape

Now, flatten the folded flap pattern to the opposite side. Similarly, fold the right flap to complete the heart shape. Rotate the pattern and bring the heart shape to the top.

Fold in the longer sides of the pattern along the nearest crease from the open side. Unfold the left side.

Step 7: Working on the Heart Shape

 Step 8: Closing the Heart Envelope

Fold in the left side again but fold it inside the pocket on the top of the left side. Similarly, unfold and then fold the right side inside the top right pocket of the current pattern. Fold the open end (opposite to the heart) corners of the current pattern. Fold up the bottom edge of the current pattern right below the middle edge of the heart pattern. Fold and tuck in the bottom half of the pattern under the heart pattern to close the envelope.

Step 8: Closing the Heart Envelope

Instruction 2: Double Sheet Origami Heart Envelope

Step 1: Base Creases

For this origami heart envelope pattern, you will need 2 pieces of sheets. Prepare a 15cm x 15cm sheet for the envelope pattern and a 7cm x 7cm sheet for the heart lock/closure. Let’s start by crafting the origami envelope.

Fold the 15cm x 15cm sheet in half and then unfold it. Fold any one side of the half-crease in half and then unfold again.

Step 1: Base Creases

Step 2: Working on the Envelope Body

Fold the ¼ part along the side in half and then fold that side along the middle crease; this will be the pocket of the origami heart envelope. Fold the corners of the folded part by aligning the side (we’re starting from the left) with the top-open side of the pocket. Similarly, fold the right corner.

Now, fold the left side of the origami pattern vertically, along the inner side of the triangle part on the bottom. Do the same with the right side.

Step 2: Working on the Envelope Body

Step 3: Working on the Envelope Flap

Fold and mark the middle point of the top open side of the current pattern. Fold the top half (Right side) of the pattern along the middle and then fold the left top half similarly.

This will form a triangle shape on the top, which will be the flap. Fold the triangle flap along its bottom edge and then tuck the top end (pointy edge) inside the pocket part of the origami envelope.

Step 3: Working on the Envelope Flap

Step 4: Heart Lock Base Creases

Take the 7cm x 7cm square sheet and fold it in half both vertically and horizontally; then unfold. Fold any one side of the half creases in half.

Turn the pattern to the other side and then fold the top half (of the folded part) along the other half crease.

Step 4: Heart Lock Base Creases

Step 5: Heart Lock Folds

Now fold the other half of the top side along the middle crease. Turn the pattern to the other side again. Fold and join the pointy end with the middle point of the other side. Now, turn the pattern to the other side again.

Step 5: Heart Lock Folds

Step 6: Base Creases and Folds

Open and flatten the small top layer on the left side. Fold in the left corner of that part. Lastly, fold the top corner slightly inwards. The left side of the origami heart lock is formed. Similarly, form the right side of the heart.

Step 6: Base Creases and Folds

Step 7: Completing the Origami Heart Lock

Fold the left and right open sides along the middle crease. The heart lock is ready. Take the origami heart envelope and the origami heart lock.

Insert the bottom square part of the origami heart lock into the pocket of the origami heart envelope.

Tuck the square part all the way in to lock the origami envelope. And done!

Step 7: Completing the Origami Heart Lock

You can use different colored and patterned papers to make a variety of designs for these heart envelopes and you can even add customized decorations like stickers or ribbons to make your heart envelope even more special.

Video Tutorial: How to Fold Paper into a Heart Envelope

Having trouble following the picture tutorial? No worries, check out the video tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Tips for Beginners on How to Make an Origami Heart Envelope

In case you are a beginner to origami or have made some origami crafts in the past, but it is your first time making such a complex craft, then these suggestions are for you.

  • Folding origami may seem simple, but it’s quite a delicate work. So, making mistakes or losing tracks is expected. Take your time and be patient. Try to enjoy every fold, enjoy every step, and practice. You will get it right eventually.
  • I want you to read every step carefully; it’s important to understand each step before you go to the next one.
  • Don’t force the paper. Origami is about aligning your mind with the craft. If a fold doesn’t work, don’t try to force it. Instead, return to the previous step and ensure everything is lined up correctly.
  • Try to make sure that your folds are sharp and precise. Use your fingernail or the flat edge of a ruler to make sure the folds are well-defined. This will make the folding process much easier and help prevent mistakes.
  • Last but not least, practice making the heart envelope using scrap paper first. I assume you are making this envelope for someone you love, and practicing will help you to make the perfect one.

Well, that was our tutorial on how to make origami heart envelopes. I hope you like it. And if you have, here are some similar tutorials you may enjoy as well.

If you do craft one or both the origami heart envelopes with the help of our tutorial, please do share and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (#thecraftaholicwitch).

Have a wonderful day!

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