Home is where the Origami Heart is!

Home is where the origami heart is

“The brain is the most outstanding organ. It works 24/7, 365 from birth until you fall in love.”
Sophie Monroe


Ok, I’m not that cynical, but it did make me laugh.



You’ve probably worked out by now that HIWTHI stands for Home is Where the Heart Is. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you’re looking for a model to make for your significant other (or hopefully-soon-to-be?) that’s quirky, a bit of fun, and not too hard to do, you might want to consider this origami heart – HWITHI, designed by Tricia Tait.
Home is where the origami heart is

It’s called HIWTHI because the completed origami model has several different shapes, depending on which way you open it out. As you can see from the photos, it can be a house with a red roof, a red origami heart on a white background, or a heart on its own stand. You can even use it as an origami bookmark if you like by tucking the bookmarked page between the heart and the white background.


Folding this origami model with a heart

Home is where the origami heart isI seem to be going through a phase of featuring pretty simple models at the moment, and this is another one.  There are only 13 steps, and none of them are hard. Not even so much as a reverse fold in sight.  HIWTHI really is about as simple as it gets. Anyone should be able to fold this origami model in about five minutes flat.

The paper needs to be coloured on one side and white on the other.  For best results, red, metallic silver or gold paper would be ideal.  I made this one out of paper that is 24cm x 24cm (9.5in x 9.5in). This produces a heart that is 12cm (just under 5in) wide, and 9cm (3.5in) tall.

If you would like to fold another simple model for Valentine’s Day, why not try the traditional origami heart.


Diagrams for HIWTHI

The diagrams for HIWTHI are available in the second issue of Creased – an online origami magazine from a couple of years ago.  Individual issues can be bought for $10, or there are discounts available for buying six or twelve issues. See Creased.com for more info.
Home is where the origami heart is


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Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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