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Inflatable Origami Heart from the Mexican Origami Convention

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I love origami hearts. Learning this inflatable origami heart (by Jeremy Shafer) was one of my personal highlights at the 3rd International Origami Convention in Mexico City. (Nov 14-16, 2014).

This heart symbolizes how much I loved my visit to Mexico City. I was not only honored at being one of the convention special guests, along with Jeremy Shafer, but was lucky in having Jeremy show me how to make his heart model. I was also able to make a video of the folding process along with Jeremy. And here it is for you at Origami Spirit. Thank you, Jeremy!

Tips and suggestions for making Jeremy’s origami heart

  • Many papers can be used to make this origami heart. In the video we use a paper known as “kami”
  • A 6×6-inch (15x15cm.) is perfect for learning this model.
  • The finished origami heart shows only one side of the paper. It’s not necessary to use paper with a different color on each side.
  • If you use paper of different color start with the color of the heart facing down.
  • The heart can be placed on top of a pencil.

Here I share in photos some other highlights of the wonderful Mexican convention 2014

01-Ley-Lupita-LetiLeticia Cruz, Leyla Torres, Lupita Martínez

Leticia and Lupita were the superb convention organizers!

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03-Ley-JeremyJeremy Shafer and Leyla Torres, special guests

Along with his origami-heart-making talents, I also discovered that Jeremy is an exceptional Salsa dancer!
My feet were a little rusty for salsa, but we danced together and had much fun.

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02-tagsConvention Tags, with pen and paper cutters.

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03-chile-classAttendants at Leyla’s chile class.

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02-eva-otroEva Corchado and Ricardo Salinas at Leyla’s modular cube class.

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04-collage-mex Classes and exhibition models, at Casa de la Cultura “Rafael Galván”

In colorful embroidered blouses, dancer girls at Anton Makarenko School,
where an excellent team of teachers has used origami as a teaching tool for seventeen years.

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30-Dariela-obraInterpretation in origami of “Farmer Carrying a Turkey” one of Diego Rivera’s paintings.

By Dariela Fuentes, Mexico

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31-bookmark-exchanceSome of the bookmarks made for the bookmark exchange.

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Leyla-taught-modelsModels taught by Leyla Torres at the 3rd Origami Convention Mexico City November 2014

Nativity (click here for tutorials)

Origami Chile pepper (click here for tutorial)

Modular origami Cube (click here for tutorial)

Origami rose in nest (click here for tutorial)

Pinwheel Flower (video coming in the future)

Frog (click here for tutorial)

In addition to attending the convention, I was also able to visit the magnificent Museum of Anthropology, the Plaza de la Constitución, the  Metropolitan Cathedral, the Templo Mayor, the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares and the Museo Frida Khalo, which is located  in the lovely Coyoacán neighborhood.

Now that I’ve returned to the snowy cold Northeastern United States, my Mexican princess carriage has become a pumpkin and my crystal slippers thick winter boots. Thank you to all my dear folding friends who made this trip an unforgettable experience. I look forward to visiting Mexico again!

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Riny December 28, 2014, 7:08 pm

    hi Leyla
    I am very new to origami, and am so grateful to have found your site. I am trying out many of the models. Thank you for your generosity in sharing.

  • Ana Carolina November 29, 2014, 4:42 pm

    It seems that you had a great time indeed!!
    Congratulations to you and Jeremy Shafer for this invitation! Lucky people who took part of this convention…
    And thanks for teaching the inflatable heart, it’s cute and funny.

  • Lisa Jastram November 28, 2014, 6:03 pm

    Can’t wait for the directions for the nativity. It is so wonderful!

    • Leyla Torres November 30, 2014, 10:22 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      I’m working on the Nativity, but all is delayed a little bit because a death in our family.

  • Stefanie November 28, 2014, 7:46 am


    I’m curious what was being used to inflate the heart. My 8 year old and I will be making these for Valentine’s Day for her classmates. Thank you for the instructions!


    • Leyla Torres November 30, 2014, 10:22 pm

      Stefanie, the heart is inflated with the mouth… in the video, at the moment of blowing air into the heart, we just see the colorful cap that Jeremy was wearing, so it might be a little confusing.

  • Rosemary Browne November 27, 2014, 8:56 am

    Thank you Jeremy and as always thank you, Leyla. Photos of the Convention are wonderful; full of colour, origami and happiness! One fine day …. our paths will cross.

    So glad you are home safely.

    Best to you,


    • Leyla Torres November 30, 2014, 10:23 pm

      One day out paths will cross Rosemary!

  • Jihane November 27, 2014, 8:46 am

    Very nice this heart Leyla, thank you for sharing ! I love the farmer in origami too.
    You seem to had a nice time in this convention :)

    • Leyla Torres November 30, 2014, 10:24 pm

      Lovely people at the convention and wonderful country to visit!

  • Ma. Eva Corchado L. November 26, 2014, 11:13 pm

    Hola Leyla un saludo, tus fotos son muy bonitas, captaste bellos momentos, que bueno que disfrutaste tu estancia en Mexico, siempre seras bien recibida. Te mande un mensaje por inbox . Ojala lo veas. Un abrazo.

    • Leyla Torres November 30, 2014, 10:20 pm

      Mi visita a México es inolvidable. Mil gracias por ser parte del grupo especial de personas que me hicieron feliz!

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