Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
When I was folding at the library one student was piecing together a box in which he could hold valentine cards at school If it's like when I was in elementary school, then I assume he's going to get a bunch of those little cardboard things with famous cartoon characters saying nice things. And candy.

Anyway, he asked me if I knew how to make a heart shaped box. At the time I did not, but I had felt bad that I could not help him out, so I sat down and figured out how to make one! It took seven prototypes, but number eight looks great. And number nine is slightly smaller so that the two combined make a box and a lid!

I don't know how original my design is. I am sure that others have made a heart box and probably thought much like I did (we folded a different one at Origami MN, actually). I'm proud of it just the same.

Like I said, there were prototypes, one of which I took pictures of as I folded it so that I might remember what I did! I'd like to draw up some diagrams, but it would be the most complicated thing I've diagrammed yet.

It took a while to figure out the correct dimensions. This rectangle is what I finally settled on: 7x11. I'm not really sure how to get a 7x11 rectangle without a ruler, but it works perfectly for this model.

I really like the shape of this. It reminds me of the traditional heart-with-wings model I'm fond of. Or giant fighting robots.

This is the first one of the perfect shape. Of course, it's got lines all over it...

I hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day!


  1. Hey, this is Madhura and I attended the origami MN meeting for the first time yesterday. I had found out about Origami MN originally through your blog that came up in a google search for something so thought I'd check back now! :)
    will try folding this heart box too now!

  2. Wow! I'm glad that I was able to connect you to Origami MN. I'm never really sure if this blog is important to anyone but myself, so it's good to know that it is actually helping!

    I'm trying to diagram the heart, but it's confusing trying to make each step clear and simple. I'll keep working on it, though.

  3. What a great box. I missed this last week. Very nice. Hope you had a great day.