My mom describes origami as folding paper artistically and drawing eyes on it. By artistically, she means the kind of art that’s literally a scribble but if you tilt your head and squint it kind of looks like a nose. When I was ten, she taught me how to make a box and gave me an origami book when I wanted to learn how to make a flower.
Anyway, in this post I will be showing you how to fold a heart with a starburst pattern. I chose this because it’s simple enough to do in about five minutes on your first try. It takes me two and a half minutes, my eleven-year-old sister five, my twelve-year-old cousin nine, and my dad gave up after step 6. My descriptions aren’t amazing but the steps for most all origami are to fold, crease, and repeat. I looked on youtube for a video and found some slightly different ones: one using a sheet of copy paper that hides the flaps, and one out of a dollar bill.
1. Fold paper into quarters.
2. Crease and unfold.
3. Fold in half again.
4. Fold diagonally so that it meets the middle crease line.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for all three other sides.
7. Place finger in the center point of the crease lines. 8. Fold down the left side with your finger still in. 9. Smooth over crease line.
10. Match the points of the triangle.
11. Crease the top center line with the triangle.
12. Repeat steps 7-11 on the right side.
13. Flatten and crease.
14. Turn paper upside down.
15. Repeat steps 7-13 for this side.
16. Fold up corners of triangle to the tip of the triangle.
17. Crease and repeat for other three sides.
18. Open a triangle flap.
19. Fold the tip to the center point.
20. Crease and repeat for the other three sides.
21. Fold corners into the smaller center crease line of one of the four squares.
22. Repeat for other seven sides.23. Open the smallest flap in the center of a tiny triangle.
24. Flatten and crease.
25. Repeat for other seven sides.
26. Flip over.
27. Fold down tip of rhombus to meet the bottom.
28. Fold back the pointy corners of the heart (the ones on the side).29. Crease with a pinch.
(31. Or draw eyes and a nose and call it a mouse if you’re my mother.)