Heart-Shaped Origami

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I had lunch with my sister yesterday at an American-Chinese restaurant and while we were waiting to be seated, something on the cashier counter caught my eye. It was an eloquent money origami flower arrangement. When I got home, I googled "money origami" and browsed through many instructions until I decided on making a heart-shaped money origami. In case you don't know what origami is, the literal translation is "folding paper". Ori means "folding" and gami means "paper". Contrary to popular belief, the art of folding paper into ornaments, shaped figures, and animals originated in China around 100AD not Japan. The misconception was largely in part because origami is a Japanese word. When origami was brought to Japan, only the rich people learned this craft since paper was precious and expensive. The most classic and popular origami is the crane which is a symbol of peace.

I have tried to fold the crane a few times and failed in the past so this time around, I looked for something more elementary. The heart-shaped money origami is something that looks pretty and easy to fold. The step by step instructions are below. If you want to try folding it and the creases on the money is not visible, you can visit this site where the lines are drawn in on the paper.

How to fold a heart-shaped money origama:

The crease in the middle is due to the money being folded in my wallet. It's not part of the instruction.






Turn around and what do you see?












Sources credit: Origami History, More


27 comments:

Ebie said...

This is too cool! I like your visual step by step description!

JoeyRes said...

Very cool - but what do you do with the $2 bill? I have a bunch of them around.

RoseBelle said...

@Joey - I don't know what to do with mine either. I tried spending it at a store once and the cashier looked at it like it was a foreign currency or something. I think I'm going to make origami with some of them and save the rest.

Wendy said...

great directions! My 11 year old used to love origami. She just picked it up again. I'll get her to try this heart shaped bill!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, Holy Smoke! I love this! Okay, going to change my $10 and try it....
Really nice too.

By the way, if free drop by. Have something interesting for you, *wink*.
Have a nice day, Lee.

Ash said...

nice one! even i thought it was started by the japanese just because of the word. i used to do it when i was a wee kid coz i got gifted an origami book by a japanese friend.

~ ash's mum

Gina F said...

That is pretty cool. I will have to show my teenage boys because they are always making stuff like this with loose leaf paper. Thanks for sharing and posting the steps by steps directions. "Take Care" :)

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Gwei Mui said...

I've just gotta give this a whirl! t's amazing what you can do with a few folds! Brilliant

TK said...

My daughter loves to do origami. I only know how to make stars. Thank you very much for the very detail photos on how to do it. I'll ask my daughter to try it..

Bananazą“• said...

Oh originated from China eh. Didnt know about it but seems like Japan is playing lead. So sweet of you to come out with the pixs tQ.

Mei Teng said...

My brother was into origami when he was a young kid. He was really good at it. I don't have a flair for origami. Find it so complicated.

CVmom said...

That's a beautiful heart. My son made a simpler version for my birthday. I'll show him this and see if he could make it.

Serline said...

Can't let my son see this; I don't have enough currency notes to feed his curiosity to make theses origamis...

Alicia said...

Wow! Great tutorial. I'll have to try this with my kids!!! I've never seen a heart shaped one before.

LDH said...

This is so cool! Great instructional photos too! Thanks for posting!

Nezzy said...

This is soooo cool! Thanks for the wonderful instructions, I can wow the children in my Kid's Church and pair it with a heart lesson. Awesome girl!!!

God bless ya and have a fantastic day! :o)

Janice said...

You make a great teacher. The step by step instructions make it less confusing to follow. I've seen the simpler heart design but not this one. I'll definitely give it a try!

Muthering Heights said...

That is so COOL! Thanks for the tutorials!

Veronica Lee said...

That was a cool tutorial! Thanks.

Happy Friday!

Mr. Stupid said...

This is amazing. I only knew the bird. But now, I know another.
Time to get a note from my brother's wallet... hehe

Have a good day!:)

Icy BC said...

Origami is a fascinating art for me. I know to do a few basic ones. My little boy has books on this subject.

They tulips are all gone now :-(

ModernMom said...

So cool and maybe the best use of 2 bucks I have seen in a long time!

AVCr8teur said...

I've never seen a heart-shaped origami. It looks neat and I probably should practice folding on paper first instead of money. :D

outdoor.mom said...

that is neat. it would be a unique way to leave a tip :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So pretty! I love the idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Shauna said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I am such a visual person so I really appreciated the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Great easy to follow directions.....swet little valentine gift!