Simple Valentine’s Craft: Origami Heart Bookmark

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Lately, my oldest (age 7) has really gotten into origami. She received some beautiful double-sided origami papers from her aunt a while back, plus a simple-to-use beginner origami book. It didn’t take long for her to get completely absorbed into the process of folding and following directions, and ultimately creating something really cool. She’s made little animals, hearts, butterflies, boats, tulips and will give them to her little sister to play with. At night, she likes to fold while her dad or I read to her. “It helps me relax,” she says.

I found this heart corner bookmark idea on Pinterest and thought it’d be a fun little craft project for a winter weekend. You could even tuck them into Valentine’s for classmates. It would make a really sweet gift when paired with a book for someone special.

Do you have any current favorite chapter books for kids?  Yourself? I’d love to hear some suggestions as we are nearing the end of our winter library and looking for some fresh reads. (Currently enjoying The One and Only Ivan for our animal-loving second grader. I’m taking my time with Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path, a really beautiful read.)

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For your bookmark, you’ll need: origami paper (or colored paper cut into a square), scissors, pen if you’d like to personalize your bookmark. A small helping hand is great as well.

My heart is going to be all red (the back of this sheet of paper). Lay your paper with the side you want your heart to be, facing down on the table.

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Fold the bottom point UP to the top point to make a triangle.

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Fold the triangle to the RIGHT.

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UNFOLD it back into the triangle. Then, pull one tip down like this…

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Fold LEFT tip to the center. Fold RIGHT tip to the center.

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Again, fold the LEFT tip to the center. Fold the RIGHT tip to the center.

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Fold both sides back behind the flap…

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Cut the top….

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Flip your heart bookmark over and voila!

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Use a sharpie to personalize your bookmark if you like. I also like the idea of sending back a borrowed book to its original owner with a fun “thank you” heart bookmark. Let me know if you try this!

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