I love coming up with new ideas for homemade and thoughtful gifts. As I was looking through Pinterest a while ago I kept coming across decorated mason jars and origami hearts. As I thought about it I came up with the idea to combine the two and make a jar full of love to show our Valentine’s how much they mean to us. How sweet is that? To have a jar on your desk filled with hearts to remind you how much you’re loved by someone the whole year through. I know I would love to get something like that.
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You will need:
- Small jar
* ideally origami paper is the best, but normal coloured paper will work just as well.
1 – Measure your paper into strips that are roughly 1” by 6”. If you have a paper cutter it makes this job a whole lot faster.
2 – To make the heart get your strip and fold one corner down to make a triangle.
3 – Keep folding the triangle over until you are left with a flap, if the flap is too large trim it down to fit.
4 – Tuck the flap into the side of the heart, there should be an opening that it fits into. If there isn’t a slot then slightly unfold the triangle until you see one.
5 – Now you have a triangle push down in the middle of the longest side and pinch the two sides so it makes some “ears”.
6 – Trim the ‘ears’ off and you should be left with a heart shape.
Keep repeating until the jar is full.
Both EC and YC found it tricky to fold it precisely, but after a few goes they did get the idea and soon flew through their hearts. The squashing and cutting off the “ears” was much easier for them. Although it was a harder task for them, both were still eager to have ago especially YC who just loved folding the paper over and over.
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