February Projects for Origami and Paper Arts

February Projects

1st week: Valentine Pop Up Card
2nd week: Origami Heart
3rd week: Woven Heart Baskets
4th week: Paper Chain Hearts


Valentine Pop-Up Card

I usually show the children how to make a Valentine Pop-Up card first. This way, they can give the card to someone special. If the students have already made the pop-up cards in October (Halloween Pop-up card) and December (Tree Pop-up card), then they will be able to make this Valentine pop-up card easily. The only thing to be careful of is to avoid cutting the entire heart off the white sheet of paper. Remember to leave a small notch uncut so the heart remains as a pop-up and doesn’t turn out to be a cut-out.

For those who enjoy a bit of fun, consider making pop-up lips. The kids can then write a message coming out of the lips such as “Will you be my Valentine?”





Origami Heart

There are many origami hearts on the internet: some easy and some hard; some simple and some complex. The three origami hearts below are easy to make and are achievable for school aged children. Try them yourself to see which you like best. Or you can fold all three!

“Easy Heart” uses a square piece of paper whereas “My Heart” and “Origami Heart” begins with a triangle. The good part of the latter two is that you can make two hearts. Two hearts from one sheet – now that’s profound!



Woven Heart Baskets
Weaved paper baskets are classics! If you have never made one, give it a try: it can be a bit tricky so expect to make a few mistakes here and there. But they’re not hard to fix and soon enough everyone will have a quaint basket in which they can store their chocolate hearts.


Has Valentine’s Day come and gone already? Convert this project into a pre- St Patrick’s Day project by using green and white paper.



Paper Chain Heart

Paper Chain Hearts
The last craft for February is a paper chain made in the shape of hearts. If you cannot bear to see another paper heart, convert this project to a paper chain shamrock.



Paper Chain Clover• get instructions for Heart Paper Chain
• get instructions for Clover Paper Chain




    Books with Easy Origami

    • Easy Origami: over 30 simple projects by John Montroll
    • Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by John Montroll
    • My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
    • Easy Origami: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by C Alexander & M Meinking
    • Fun With Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)
    • Origami: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Art of Paper Folding by T Cook & S Henry
    • Easy Origami For Kids Book Traditional Japanese Folding Papers Overs 20 Projects by J Wish
    • Easy Origami for Kids: Over 40 Simple Origami Projects by O Brooks


    Easy Origami Books


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