DIY 3D Paper Heart Valentine

DIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineThis is one DIY Valentine that pops! As in, it pops right off the paper. I love paper folding, so I wanted to try making a three dimensional Valentine’s Day card for my sweetie. I love simple Valentine’s Day cards, so I decided not to add any further decorations, allowing the pop-up heart to be the focal point. And yes, obviously, this particular card isn’t exactly suited to be put in a flat envelope – how sad would a smushed heart be?

Folding the heart so it pops may take a few practice runs, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s a cinch. While I love these pop-up hearts on a sweet card, I also think they’d be adorable as a sweet surprise on Valentine’s Day – on your sweetie’s mirror, a few on the fridge, maybe even on the steering wheel! Anyplace you want to add a little pop of love…


Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineThe supplies are pretty basic: colored printer paper, scissors, a pencil, double sided tape (or glue), and white card stock.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineI made a heart template out of card stock to make it easier on myself. The top of the heart is a little differently shaped – that’s to account for how the heart will look after you fold it. Trace a few hearts with a pencil onto your colored paper.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineCut out your traced hearts.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineMake a cut down the center, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the total length of the center of the heart.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineOK, bear with me. At this point, you have this little paper heart with a slit down the middle…

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineAnd if you fold the slit edges over, the center magically pops up.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineFold the slit edge on the underside slightly, then fold the slit edge on the top to mirror the first side.

Step 8

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentinePress the two slit edges together and pinch.

Step 9

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineAt this point, you can either use a tiny piece of double sided tape or a dot of glue to secure the slit edges.

Step 10

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineOnce your pop-up heart is all set, grab a piece of card stock. I took an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper and cut it in half, then folded each 8.5 x 5.5 inch piece in half to make two plain cards.

Step 11

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineAgain, you can either use double sided tape or a little glue, but apply whichever you choose to the bottom of the heart and both sides of the top.

Step 12

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentinePress the glued/taped spots onto the front of the card.

Step 13

 Open GalleryDIY 3D Paper Heart ValentineThen add a special message inside! Done. A little pop-up love and a few sweet nothings for your sweetie.


  • Colored paper
  • Card stock


  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape or glue
  • Pencil
About Ellen Foord 


A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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  1. sandy says:

    waao! really cool DIY trick

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