Looking for a cute origami bookmark? Here you go! This origami heart bookmark is perfect for Valentine’s Day – or any day!
A few years ago, we started dabbling in origami. We’re certainly not the best at it, but we sure do have fun. While looking for a cute origami bookmark that could double as a Valentine craft for my daughter’s sleepover party (that she’s already planning…in December!), we decided to try this adorable and easy origami heart bookmark.
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Step-by-Step Origami Heart Bookmark
How to Make an Origami Heart Bookmark
Before you head off to buy your origami supplies, we have a few tips for successful origami creations.
- Make sure you have a flat surface to work on. It doesn’t have to be a large area, but you’re going to need a flat, hard surface for folding your paper. A tray table or even a hardback copy of Harry Potter works just fine.
- Be patient. Origami is not a craft or art where you can rush ahead and skip steps. Each fold is important to the overall design and needs to be done with precision and patience.
- Choose the right kind of paper. Origami paper is our favorite. You can buy it at craft stores or online. This is our favorite origami paper, but you can use whatever type you like. Heavy paper or cardstock is not recommended as it’s much harder to put a strong crease in it when folding.
- Start with a relatively simple origami creation. The heart in this pattern is a great place to start, because it’s not overly complicated. While it may be tempting to head straight into something more complicated, slow and steady wins the race when it comes to mastering origami.
- Have fun! At the end of the day, whether your origami heart turns out spectacular or not, it’s really just a paper heart. Keep it in perspective and enjoy the learning (or attempting!) process. It took us quite awhile to figure origami out too! You can do it!
Origami Bookmark: A Valentine’s Day Heart Craft
Time: 20 minutes
- Origami Paper
- Craft Sticks
- Permanent Markers
Take your piece of paper and trim it to 3-inches by 3-inches. It doesn’t have to be origami paper, but we always find it’s easier than just any old piece of paper.
If you’d rather keep it larger, that’s fine as well, but it has to be square. So, step 1 start with a square!
Place the paper diagonally in front of you.
Bring the top point of the paper to the middle and fold.
Bring the bottom point to the top of the paper and fold.
Fold the right side towards the middle.
Fold the left side towards the middle.
Flip the heart over.
Slightly fold the top point down.
Slightly fold the bottom point up.
Glue all the folds to secure the heart. Set aside to dry.
Take the popsicle stick and markers and color or draw a design on the stick.
When the heart and the popsicle stick are dry, glue the heart to the end of the stick to create an origami heart bookmark!
7 Ways to Use Your Origami Heart Bookmarks
- Use it to keep track of where you are in your book.
- Give it as a gift for Valentine’s Day.
- Make a bunch to give to your librarian to pass out.
- Sell them at a small craft fair.
- Make them at Girl Scouts.
- Write an inspirational word or message on the hearts, place them in a piece of green styrofoam, and have a “Heart Garden” where friends or classmates can pick a word that will give them hope.
- Use them to label seedlings that you give to mom for Mother’s Day.
Show Us Your Heart Bookmark
Did you try your hand at making one? We’d love to see how it turned out! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @ThatKidsCraftSite! We can’t wait to celebrate your creativity!
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