Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crafty Project: Junior High Love Note Folding

Speaking of things from our childhood, does anyone remember the awesome folding techniques that we used to employ when writing silly notes to each other in junior high? With Valentine's Day coming, I think we should all write fun, folded notes to each other! I know a few people who are definitely getting one. Here are a few of the folds I remember:
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Start with a few blank sheets of notebook paper (hee! hee!) and a red pen.

First pattern: The Write & Tuck!
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the top right corner in all the way to the left edge.
Turn sideways and fold the right edge over until it is flush with the left.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Flip it over and fold about 1/3 of the bottom up.
Fold 1/3 up again.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Flip over again, and tuck the remaining corner under
the pocket fold you have created. Crease. You're done!
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school

Next up: The "Pull Here" Tab!
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the top two corners in towards the center of the page. Flip vertically and repeat on the other side.
Then fold each side edge inwards towards the center.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the two points in towards the center. Then, flip the paper over and fold 1/3 upwards toward the center.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the remaining 1/3 towards the center until you have a small rectangle.
Tuck two of the points into the two little side folds you have created. Voila!
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school

And now for the Valentines coup de grĂ¢ce: The Heart Fold
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold both top corners flush with the other sides' edges and unfold.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the top half of the paper down until it reaches the bottom of the creased 'x.'
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Push the two side creases in towards each other to create a triangle.
Fold the two base triangle points upwards to the top point.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold each side edge in towards the center.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the bottom edge up until it meets with the bottom of the diamond.
Flip over and fold the top of the front triangle down. Crease.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
Fold the bottom two points up until they are just covering the bottom of the point. They will meet in the middle nicely. Tuck under the diamond. Fold the left and right points of the diamond diagonally down. Tuck the two points into the flaps that we previously made above.
how to fold origami notes for valentines day like you did in junior high and middle school
That's that! You've got a heart!

Happy folding! I'll pass you a note after class.

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Update: In similar news, check out this adorable article about a couple who framed their original middle school love notes to display at their wedding. Love!


11 comments:

  1. I rocked socks at this! Love the happy reminder of days gone past :)

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  2. Thank you for posting this! It really brings back memories!

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  3. i LOVE this! thanks so much for posting :)

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  4. Old school! I used this for a letter to my gf. Thanks!

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  5. Ditto ^ Fun nostalgia. Thanks.

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  6. I love going back to the good old days! I just used this to fold a letter for my boss at work!!

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  7. Took a little bit but TOTALLY awesome! When the school yar starts up I'm asking my crush out! ^.^

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  8. I might use this I have a friend named sage and we've known each other since fourth grade we had a same class but then fith grade to seventh grade we didn't and this year we FINALLY have a class together!!! YAY

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  9. Second tutorial was not clear at all. I have tried it many times.
    This part: "Fold the remaining 1/3 towards the center until you have a small rectangle.
    Tuck two of the points into the two little side folds you have created. Voila!"
    What, on the same side? on the opposite side? Which 1/3 thats left should be folded.

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    1. Follow the pictures. After you have flipped your long rectangle over--face down (photo 3 of tutorial 2), fold one third towards the center (see photo 4 of tutorial 2). Then simply fold the remaining 1/3 back toward the center as well. Then tuck into the folds. I just rotated the the paper between photo 4 and 5. Perhaps that's where you got confused.

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