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Paper-Heart Place Cards

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2003

The ancient art of Japanese paper folding was used to make this romantic design, complete with a pocket for a place card. Making the 3 1/4 inch high stand-up heart shape is surprisingly simple. Choose 6-inch square origami papers with a pretty pattern or different color on each side; both will be visible in the heart.

1. Lay paper on work surface with the side you want for the heart face down. Fold paper in half; unfold.

2. Bring top left corner in to center crease; repeat with top right corner.

3. Turn paper over.

4. Fold left edge in to center crease; repeat with right edge.

5. Fold top point down to meet with bottom edge. Fold top outer corners back. Fold two flaps that meet in the center under, to create the V of the heart shape. Slide place card into pocket behind heart, and stand the heart up.

Comments (17)

  • 28 Aug, 2012

    just perfect, will work with mint cupsat rehearsal dinner next week, yes I am a just in time guy

    Help on hearts http://fussingovermusings.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/origami-heart-place-card-tutorial/

    Been making candy boxes since kid, not help on that

  • 28 Feb, 2012

    Dear Martha,

    Where did you find such a lovely paper ? I live in France, is it possible to order it on the internet ?

    Iwould love to make this origami for my wedding !

  • 8 Feb, 2011

    I so agree with mrslipstick!!

  • 20 May, 2010

    step 4 SHOULD read: fold left SIDE into the middle. Fold right SIDE into the middle (so they meet in the center). Not the edge, the entire SIDE!!! Like turning the page in a book :-) There should be a visual.

  • 20 May, 2010

    step 4 SHOULD read: fold left SIDE into the middle. Fold right SIDE into the middle (so they meet in the center). Not the edge, the entire SIDE!!! Like turning the page in a book :-) There should be a visual.

  • 15 Apr, 2010

    success! i finally got it, although a diagram would have been helpful. does anyone know where to get the paper used for these?

  • 14 Apr, 2010

    i have been trying so hard but i still am having so much trouble making these.
    if anyone can provide me with more detail i would be so thankful. i need these for a bridal shower in may.
    thank you

  • 7 Apr, 2010

    Thank you Megalicious!!! After many failed attempts, I read you comment about the first fold and they turned out perfect!

  • 7 Apr, 2010

    Thank you Megalicious!!! After many failed attempts, I read you comment about the first fold and they turned out perfect!

  • 7 Apr, 2010

    Thank you Megalicious!!! After many failed attempts, I read you comment about the first fold and they turned out perfect!

  • 14 Jul, 2009

    I had trouble, too, until I figured out that the first fold is VERTICAL not horizontal. If you do this part wrong, none of the rest of the instructions make sense.

  • 27 Mar, 2009

    So easy, got it first time, what a great idea, love paper folding:)

  • 11 Mar, 2009

    Dear Martha,

    Why was there for steps shown to create this wonderful place card holder. After many attempts, I still did no manage to be successful in creating it. Please provide samples or templates to form the folds.

    Thank you.

    Warmest Regards,

    Esther

  • 31 Jan, 2009

    It took a few tries but studying the picture, it did work out fine.

  • 13 Jan, 2009

    I too was unable to create this, confusing to make without visual description.

  • 29 Nov, 2008

    We used these as escort cards for our wedding. They were great, and the guests loved them.

  • 18 Sep, 2008

    Origami has always been tricky when there is no visual for each step. Perhaps this could be provided to make things easier for us visual learners.