Valentine’s Day seems to always sneak up on us, doesn’t it? Luckily, I have a super simple Valentine project for you that I think you’ll love. Sweet love notes can be scribed on the pieces of paper before you fold up these origami hearts and the results are surprisingly satisfying. Valentine-themed wrapping paper would be lovely if you wished to forego the dyeing process. I opted for coffee filters. I recently switched coffeemakers to one that uses a permanent filter, so I happened to have a stash of no. 2 cone filters in my pantry. Loving their kraft look, I thought they seemed perfect to use for this project, but you could also try regular copy paper.
What You Need
- cutting tool(s) to trim paper if necessary
- concentrated watercolor (I used Ken Oliver’s Color Burst)
- cup of water, small
- gloves (optional)
- paper (origami or paper that is thin enough to fold easily)
- paper towels
Dip Dye Your Paper
The first half of this project is all about the ombre!
Fold Your Valentine Heart
Now it’s origami time!
Side Note: The Heart Bowl
You may be wondering where I got this cool heart bowl? I made it and you can make one, too! I’ll show you how to get started, but you can see the process for finishing it in this other post: Beautiful DIY Bowls.
Are you excited to get dyeing and folding? I hope so! If you’re looking for more ways to prepare your paper before folding, watch this video featuring some fun techniques by Gina Lee Kim. I think these finished papers would look super cool folded into hearts!
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