How to make an origami heart bookmark

Bookmark those must-try craft projects with these fancy origami hearts. We reckon your bookworm bestie will love ’em, too

Seen the 3 ways with bookbinding in Mollie Makes 44? The latest issue is full of paper craft projects including the step-by-steps to make these three gorgeous note keepers.

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We love seeing a traditional craft revived, so we’ve been super-excited to spot creative new twists on the art of bookbinding springing up everywhere. They’ve inspired us to put together our own bookbinding masterclass with three different takes on the trend – a marbled sketchbook; a fairytale-inspired embroidered notebook, and a gorgeous leather-bound traveller’s journal. They make wonderful, deeply personal gifts for friends – particularly those about to embark on a round-the-world trip; starting a university course or shiny new job.

Team these DIY notebooks in Mollie Makes 44 with a pack of origami heart bookmarks made with those paper scraps you’ve been saving. Wrapping paper is perfect for this tutorial! You could also use this origami paper crane printable (cut to size) or flick through our free desktop wallpaper designs – they make pretty printouts, too.

You will need:
Template or a square of paper (8.2 x 8.2cm)
• Scissors or ruler and scalpel

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 1

Step 1
Cut out your patterned square from the printout (8.2 x 8.2cm). Fold diagonally in half in both directions. When you open it out flat there should be a cross of creases. With the polka dot triangle furthest from you, fold in half with the white side up. Fold flat again.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 2

Step 2
Push in the sides of the square so that you are left with a smaller triangular shape. The patterned area should be at the back.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 3

Step 3
Fold the small patterned triangles at the front in towards the centre and back out again.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 4

Step 4
Now fold them in on themselves so that all the patterned area is hidden.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 5

Step 5
Fold this top flap up towards the top and flatten out the patterned area inside.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 6

Step 6
Now fold the flap back down again.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 7

Step 7
Fold the bottom half of the flap towards the crease line.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 8

Step 8
Snip from the edge to the crease line, following the cut already there. Do not cut through the pattered triangle at the back.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 9

Step 9
Fold the corners of each of the tabs in towards the middle to create two points.

Paper craft tutorial - Origami heart bookmark step 10

Step 10
Then, fold the points upwards. Turn the flap over and voilà! A heart-shaped bookmark!

Tip: To turn the bookmark into a heart shape, turn the bookmark over and fold the ends of the triangle in towards the inside of the opening – it should now look like a square.

How to make an origami heart bookmark