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How to Make an Origami Heart-Box

Let me climb into your heart! If you give me a kiss I’ll turn into a prince. If I give you a kiss you’ll become a cute little frog. Which do you prefer?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As with any other holiday, it offers a good excuse to make some sweet origami hearts, and give lots of kisses to our favorite princes and princesses.

If you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day? Not to worry! Love is one of the best excuses to make an origami box,  and let that special someone know of your love for them.

This origami heart-box is my own creation and I call it the “Deep-Love Box”. This model was inspired by a heart-frame previously presented on Origami Spirit. By taking it just a few steps further, and applying some extra folds, the heart-frame model is transformed into a deep box.

It’s an easy model to make and I’m sure you’ll love it!

The following step-by-step video shows how to make this origami box in the shape of a heart.

Tips and suggestions for making the origami heart-box

  • In the video the heart box is demonstrated using thin kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”.
  • Other papers –gift-wrapping or paper from old magazines, are also suitable.
  • Use a piece of paper 6×6 inches (15x15cm.) to make a 3×3-inch photo frame (7.5 x 7.5cm).
  • For a striking effect the colors of each side should be different.
  • For Valentine’s Day, find red and pink papers.
  • This box can be carried flat in your wallet. Simply omit the puff-up part, leave it flat and make it 3D when you are ready to give it away.


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7 thoughts on “How to Make an Origami Heart-Box”

    • This is great Scott… I think that I have seen Philip’s dish in one of my books, I do remember folding it in the past! I might have subconsciously made the transfer to the heart frame… I just begun by thinking how could I push the bottom of the frame down and make it into a box. I love all these models made from the windmill base. So here we have a good provenance for this box: It is a fusion of Michael van Horne and Philip Shen’s models made by Leyla ;-)

  1. Wow, I cannot express enough how wonderful this origami piece of heart, it is totally amazing how you turn it into a “box”, it is incredible. Love each and every tutorial you made and demonstrated, in very detailed, clear and easy-to-follow videos.


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