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How to Fold a Note Into a Heart

Notes make receivers feel so much more loved when they are in the shape of a heart! This is especially great for a friend, a Valentine, or your significant other. To fold a note into a heart, follow these step-by-step instructions.


  1. Fold a piece of rectangular paper in half lengthwise
    Fold a piece of rectangular paper in half lengthwise. A colored piece of paper will look nicest, but if yours is blank, you can always decorate it later.
  2. Repeat the fold
    Repeat the fold. Fold the paper in half lengthwise again, bringing the bottom edge up to the top.
  3. Rotate the paper and fold it in half
    Rotate the paper 90 degrees and fold the paper in half to create a center crease. Fold the paper in half short end to short end.
  4. Unfold and rotate again and fold up the right half
    Unfold and rotate the paper 90 degrees again so that the lengthwise fold opens toward you and then fold up the right half. Fold the right half upwards so that its bottom edge lines up with the center crease.
  5. Fold up the left half
    Fold up the left half. Fold the left half upwards so that its bottom edge lines up with the center crease. The outline of the paper should now look like a shield.
  6. Flip the paper over horizontally
    Flip the paper over horizontally. Make sure the bottom triangle, or the shield, remains pointing down.
  7. Fold down the right flap
    Fold down the right flap. Hold the paper down with one hand and with the other grab the top left corner of the right flap and fold it down to the right edge. The top left corner of the flap should touch the right edge.
  8. Repeat for the other side
    Repeat for the other side. Anchor the paper and with the other hand, grab the top right corner of the left flap and fold it down to the left edge.
  9. Fold the point
    Fold the point. Grab the new top left corner of the right flap and fold it down to the bottom fold, where the triangle begins.
  10. Repeat for the other side
    Repeat for the other side. Fold in the second point. You can tape both flaps to make the note stay together.
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    Done! Decorate the heart if desired. Enjoy your heart note!

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  • Step four is a little confusing, can you make it a little less confusing? I've been using a lot of papers and have decided to take a break.
    Answered by T. Chinsen
    • The strip is folded in half, opened up, then using the fold line as the stop point bring the edge up to this line. You are creating a 45 degree angle. When you turn the paper over you will see that the folds are now part of a triangle.
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  • This is a great gift for a friend. You could even write a letter in it!
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  • This makes a great card for a secret admirer or an apology card for someone you have wronged.
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  • These hearts can also be very effective as Valentine's Day decorations, or as an accompaniment to Valentine's Day prezzies.
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  • Fold slowly. It is detrimental to your origami if you make errors in folding and have to re-fold because you create bumps and awkward angles that shouldn't be there.
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  • You also give these hearts to your Mom or Dad on their birthday or on any special occasion.
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  • Make sure you crease your folds firmly and crisply. You may want to press down on both sides of the piece of paper for each fold.
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  • If you are really confused you can re-watch the video.
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  • Make sure not to use paper that is too thick, because some folds will be very hard to do and they won't stay in place.
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  • Don't try this the first time on the letter that you intend on giving to your friend! Use a practice piece of paper so that when you do the real thing it will be creased just right and done perfectly.
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Things You'll NeedEdit

  • Rectangular sheet of paper
  • Tape

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Denise Kruelle
wikiHow Crafts Team

This version of How to Fold a Note Into a Heart was reviewed by Denise Kruelle on February 16, 2015.

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    Shauna Bernard

    Apr 5, 2017

    "I wrote a letter for my boyfriend and forgot to purchase the envelope, so this idea was a really good one, which was more unique and much better than the usual envelope. It was more appreciated."..." more
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    Jan 23, 2017

    "The whole thing was so detailed with the videos that I was able to make a cute little heart love note for my crush!"
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    Aug 23, 2016

    "This tutorial was easy to follow and the video clips helped a great deal. Thank you for making this easy to follow."
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    Feb 28, 2017

    "Amazing! Now I know how to ask my crush out."
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