Looking for an origami Valentine card idea?
Why not give your Valentine a big smoochy kiss with these pop-up origami kissing lips. They're a cinch to make, and then you just glue them into the inside of a card. I'll show you how on this page...
Here's what your homemade origami valentine card could look like. On the outside, it just looks like an ordinary card.
But when you open it...
You get a big kiss!
It's really easy to make valentine cards like these. Folding the lips only takes a few minutes, and then you just glue or tape them into a card. You can use either a homemade or store-bought card. The lips really do make quite a unique valentine card idea!
To make the kissing lips, you'll need a square of paper about 6 inches (15 cm) wide. That will make a set of lips about 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. You can make the lips bigger or smaller as you like.
It's best if the paper is blank on one side and colored on the other, so that the lips stand out. Alternatively, you can put a colored square and a blank square on top of each other to achieve the same effect.
Here's a video showing how to fold the origami kissing lips. Click the white arrow to play.
If the video keeps stopping and starting, it's probably because your internet connection is a bit slow. You can pause it and come back in a few minutes when it's finished loading. Or you can just follow the photo instructions below instead.
Once you've made the lips, you just use glue or double sided tape to attach them to the inside of a card.
Start with a square of paper with the colored side up. Fold in half diagonally.
Fold the bottom right corner of the triangle across to the left, so that the fold is 1/3 of the way along the bottom edge.
An easy way to measure 1/3 of the way across is to gently squash the bottom of triangle into a Z-shape. This way you can make little creases at the 1/3 and 2/3 points.
Make the same fold on the other side, i.e. fold the left-corner across to the right.
Fold up the corner:
Fold up the corner on the other side too:
Now fold the corners down.
Fold the corners up diagonally like this:
Then fold the corners down like this:
Your paper should now look something like this:
Unfold the piece of paper completely and lay it blank side up like the picture below. You're probably thinking "What!? After all that folding you want me to unfold it again?". Yes, but don't worry, you're over half-way now, and all those creases you made are about to come in very handy :-)
Fold up the tip of the bottom corner of the square. You'll find that there's already a crease there for you to fold along.
Fold along the creases near the tip.
As you make the folds, a little sticking up protrusion will form. It looks funny, but it's actually one of the lips. It will look better when the card is finished.
Here's another view:
Do the same thing with the opposite corner. Your paper should now look like this:
Turn the paper over so that the colored side is up, then fold along the creases shown here.
Fold in the corners at the sides.
Fold back at the edges of the lips.
Your kissing lips are finished, and ready to go into your origami valentine card!
Just for interest, the more traditional way to finish the origami kissing lips is shown in the pictures below. The traditional way doesn't fit as well into a card though.
Once you've folded the origami kissing lips, it's just a matter of attaching them to the inside of a card using glue or double sided tape. I prefer double sided tape because it seems to stick better and also I get impatient waiting for glue to dry :-)
For the front of the origami valentine I just used a really simple design with a cut-out heart, but you can decorate it however you like. You could even just buy a card and then glue the origami lips inside.
How did your origami valentine card turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear! If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, then please contact me with this handy form.
As a bonus for my lovely readers, here's a completely different origami valentine card design:
It's a card I made for my husband :-) To fold the hearts, I used the simple money origami heart method, but using patterned paper instead of money. I actually submitted this card into a card-making contest... you can read more about how to make your own valentine card like this here.
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