Magazine Page Valentine Pockets (“Page” Unplugged Project)

By , February 10, 2011 12:20 pm

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Recycle your magazine pages into colorful valentines with this fun and very easy project!

At this time of year, there are lots of interesting pink, red, and valentines-themed pages in magazines.  First choose a pretty page and tear it out.

You’ll need a square section of the page for this, so fold up a corner of the magazine and cut around it.

Unfold and you have a square.

I used these origami heart instructions to make my hearts:  Origami Heart Instructions.  (Note, be exact with all your folds and your heart will turn out better.)

First fold the square precisely along the diagonal and press the fold with your fingernail to make a sharp crease. Unfold and refold along the other diagonal.  Trim any excess edges if necessary to get a perfect square.

Lie the square flat with the unwanted side facing up. There will be an “X” of creases on the square.

Fold the top corner down so the tip touches the intersection of the “X.”

Fold the bottom corner up until the tip touches the top edge of the page.

Next fold each side of your paper in so that the edge meets flush with the fold.

You should now see the heart start to form.  Flip it over so the “bad” side is facing up.

Finish off the heart by folding the side points in until they are halfway to the visible crease.

Then fold the top points down until the tips touch the top of the “good” side.

Turn over and you have a heart!

The hearts look best if you squash them flat overnight with a heavy book.  You can use them as decorations or as surprise pockets for love notes or messages, candy hearts, glitter, flower petals…

If you want to fill them with anything that could spill out, just tape together the two heart front flaps using a small piece of scotch tape applied to the inside of the pocket (so it won’t show).

By the way, this really is easy folding.  My 5 year-old learned it quickly and became obsessed with making hearts for her classmates out of origami paper squares. Here is a funky photo of her at work just ignore the dirty, inky hands :-) …

She made these all by herself!

[NOTE: If I confused you, be sure to go to the great description and photo-tutorial here at Origami-Instructions.com!]

Have you come up with a page-themed Unplugged Project this month?  If so, feel free to share it.  For more on how the Unplugged Project works, please read more here.

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8 Responses to “Magazine Page Valentine Pockets (“Page” Unplugged Project)”

  1. Hi,
    This sounds like an awesome project. But, the pictures aren’t loading. Pls look into this.
    Rashmie

  2. CelticMommy says:

    Omigosh, these are super cute! I think Em might like your idea better than my craft for his school Valentines. :-)
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  3. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi Rashmie,
    So sorry about the pictures! What browser are you using? I have checked in Firefox and Safari and they seem to load correctly. Is any one else out there having trouble? If so please let me know. Thanks!

  4. Mom Unplugged says:

    Oh thanks Hettie! They are pretty easy to make and cheap too since you don’t use anything but old magazines. Let me know how it goes if you try it. I am sure yours will be super deluxe gorgeous!

  5. Ann says:

    These are adorable!!
    Thank you for shaing them.

  6. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi Ann! Glad you like them!

  7. sunnymama says:

    Your hearts are really cute and I love the magazine page you chose for the tutorial. :)
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  8. Mom Unplugged says:

    Thank you! That magazine had a lot of pretty pages to use. Enjoy your day!

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