What better way to say "I love you" than by sending a letter in a heart-shaped envelope. These envelopes can be used for Valentine's Day, for invitations, or simply to express your feelings. Because heart-shaped envelopes are easy to make, children can even get involved in the process.
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Things you need
- Two-sided paper
- Drawing compass
Lay paper so that the side to be written on is face up. The paper should be two-sided, with one side being white. If you do not have this kind of paper, you can glue a white piece of paper onto a coloured piece of paper. You can make heart-shaped envelopes in any size, but 12 X 12 paper works well and creates a good-sized envelope.
Draw a heart. This step can be free-drawn or traced from a template. You can also use a pencil and drawing compass to lightly draw two circles of the same size. Make the circles next to each other so the sides touch. If you do not have a drawing compass, trace something round. Draw a straight line down from where the two circles meet. Then draw a line from the left side of the left circle down to meet the middle line. Do the same on the right side. Erase all the lines inside the heart.
Cut around the outside lines of the heart. You have a perfect heart shape for your envelope. Lay the heart down so that it is facing you with the white side up and the point facing down.
Fold the sides of the thickest part of the heart so that they meet in the middle. This will make the paper look like a thick arrow. The point in the centre will still be facing down.
Fold the top of the heart so that it meets the place where the sides where folded in. The point will still be sticking out at the bottom. The paper will now look like an envelope that is upside down. You will have a three-sided rectangle with the triangle tip of the heart sticking down.
Turn the heart envelope 180-degrees so the tip of the heart is now at the top. Fold the top down so that you now have an envelope. Place a letter inside. You can also write on the paper itself so that the envelope unfolds into a heart-shaped letter when opened.
Place a sticker on the tip of the triangle flap to seal the envelope.
Tips and warnings
- Try different colours of paper for interesting colour combinations.
- Craft stores sell packs of paper in coordinating colours and patterns.
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