Origami Heart Ring

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Paper love for Valentines

Give a gift of wearable book art by folding up an origami heart ring. For Valentine’s, Galantine’s or Palantine’s…who needs a reason for paper love?! Fiddly but ever so impressive.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: You'll need a square

You’ll need:

Origami paper 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″) – that’s it!

Step by step:

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold in half
  1. Fold in half squareways, and open out.
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Next step

2. Fold bottom edge up to middle crease.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Double up

3. And what’s now the bottom crease up to the middle crease too.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Turn 180 degrees and repeat.

4. Turn the paper 180 degrees.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Both ends folded in

5. And repeat steps 2 and 3.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Turn 90 degrees
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold in half again

6. Open out and fold in half squareways the opposite way to the very first fold we made at the beginning.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Turned

7. Unfold and turn 90 degrees.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold down first crease
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Different angle

8. Fold down the top crease line, away from you.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Draw left corner down

9. Draw down the top left corner to align with the centre crease.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: And right corner down

10. Draw the top right corner down to meet at the centre too.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Flip over, keep point at the top

11. Flip over, keeping point at the top.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold here
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold right down

12. Fold the point down as shown above.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Open out left hand side

13. Flip over. Draw your thumb up the centre crease on the left hand side, to open up the fold and then press it flat.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: And fold flat

14. The crease should line up with the horizontal fold at the top.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Repeat on right
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Both done

15. Repeat on the right hand side.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Create triangle
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: By folding 45 degrees

16. Fold the top left wing down at an angle of 45 degrees to create a little triangle.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: And the other side
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Done!

17. Repeat on the right hand side.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Tuck in triangles
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Triangles tucked under on both sides

18. Tuck the remaining corners underneath neatly.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Shape forming

19. You can see that a heart shape has formed on the other side.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold up from bottom

20. Flip back to where we were, and fold the first crease back on itself.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: And again

21. Then pinch that double thickness and fold it up to the next line.

And again

22. And make another fold upwards.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: One last time

23. And another.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Ready to form ring shape
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Bend into a circle

24. We’re ready to form the long strip into a ring shape. Gently roll the paper, bending it into a circle – use a round pencil if that helps.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Fold top right edge to narrow

25. When the paper is nicely pliable, narrow down the top right edge by folding it in as shown.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Open up other end
The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Ease one end into the other

26. At the left hand end, ease open the pocket and slide the right end in, completing the Origami Heart Ring.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Tweak to fit

27. Tweak to fit.

The Travelling Bookbinder: Origami Heart Ring: Finished ring

Pose with your paper bling, and share pics on Instagram @paperhazell, Facebook – The Travelling Bookbinder, or Twitter @paperhazell

Use bigger paper with the same instructions for romantic napkin rings.

Happy folding paper lovers!

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