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How to Fold a Paper Heart into An Envelope

Why is it that kids always seem to wait until the last minute to let you know they need something for school? This week, I found out the night before that my sons both had Valentine’s Day parties at school the next day, which is way earlier than usual. For some reason they have a four day weekend, so even though they’d normally have their party on the Friday before V-Day, this year it was on Wednesday. Eep!

Needless to say, I was left without options for store-bought cards since it was too late in the day to get them. Instead, I dug out some of my prettiest scrapbooking paper and went to town making these super adorable Valentine’s Day cards. Besides being super simple to make (seriously, each one takes about 30 seconds), they don’t require an envelope – because they ARE an envelope!

Honestly, if you are tired of putting a ton of effort into your Valentine’s Day cards, these ones are just perfect for you. All you need is some pretty paper or card, scissors and a pen.

These do take a little practice to get right, but even if you aren’t perfect, they still work just fine. You can even slip a piece of candy inside if you have some small chocolates or sweets to share.

a small paper heart folded into an envelope

To begin, you’ll need some pretty paper. I like to use scrapbook paper, and I generally use a 6 inch by 6 inch square, but you can make them bigger or smaller, depending on what you like. I usually have some 6×6 pads in various themes, and it makes it really easy.

a square of red paper on a marble table

To start, choose a nice pattern that will look nice. For Valentine’s Day, I chose some pretty pinks, reds and a few pastels.

folding a square of paper in half
a folded square of paper

Fold your paper in half. Starting at the fold mark, us a pair of scissors to cut out half of a heart shape. When you unfold the paper, you’ll then half a full heart. I try to make sure to use as much of the paper as I can to cut down on waste.

a paper heart cut from a red square
a red paper heart

Now that you have a pretty heart shape, turn the paper over and write a message. I let the boys do their own, and they simply took a marker and wrote a quick “Happy Valentine’s Day” and then signed their names. Of course, after a few, they got lazy and the messages got shorter. By the end, they were just drawing a scribbled heart and their initials.

Boys.

a valentine's day message written on a paper heart

If you are feeling particularly hurried, you could always simply refold the heart in half and leave it there. I’m sure no one would complain. But if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can use just a few more folds to create an even more fun card.

First, fold the each side of the heart toward the middle so that the upper curves are almost in half themselves.

folding a paper heart into an envelope
folding a paper heart into an envelope

Next, flip the heart upside down so that the point is facing the top.

folding a paper heart into an envelope

Then, take the now bottom of the heart and fold it up a third of the way. The top of the folded bit should reach the bottom of the triangle of the top.

folding a paper heart into an envelope
folding a paper heart into an envelope

It’s now starting to resemble an envelope. The final step is to simply fold the top triangle down and insert the tip into the pocket created by the folded heart.

folding a paper heart into an envelope
folding a paper heart into an envelope

If you’ve folded it correctly, it should stay shut all by itself. If not, you may need to just adjust it a little. You can now add a small piece of candy into the envelope, or leave it as it is. Or, add a sticker or some other cute embellishment.

On its own, it looks absolutely beautiful. And they’re a fun way to share the V-Day love.

several paper heart envelopes on a table
a small paper heart folded into an envelope

How to Fold a Paper Heart into An Envelope

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 30 seconds
Total Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Difficulty: Easy

This heart-shaped card is perfect for any occasion. Use it for Valentine's Day, or simply give it to someone you love.

Materials

  • 6 inch x 6 inch scrapbook paper
  • pen or marker

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

    1. Fold your paper in half. Starting at the fold mark, us a pair of scissors to cut out half of a heart shape. When you unfold the paper, you’ll then half a full heart. I try to make sure to use as much of the paper as I can to cut down on waste.
    2. Now that you have a pretty heart shape, turn the paper over and write a message.
    3. Fold the each side of the heart toward the middle so that the upper curves are almost in half themselves.
    4. Next, flip the heart upside down so that the point is facing the top.
    5. Then, take the now bottom of the heart and fold it up a third of the way. The top of the folded bit should reach the bottom of the triangle of the top.

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