It's true that I usually like to write letters in my own homemade cards, but it's nice to take a break from that once in a while, and even better when it's a fun, creative, think-outside-the-box-ish sort of stationary that I use instead! So, I created this!
(Dramatic voice) Enter ... Fold-up Heart Shaped Stationary!
This is the first version I made. Each of those rectangles is 5-1/2 inches by 4-1/4 inches. That just means a quarter of regular size copy paper. You can probably guess that that makes the whole thing quite large. And you would be right. This shows the first time I made it, after cutting out, arranging, and rounding the edges as needed. Observe my fancy socks too. They're an important part of the picture, obviously.
Three sheets of 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper (not cardstock)
Paper cutter (optional)(super helpful, but still optional)
Washi tape (optional)
Cut each piece of paper into equal eighths. Each eighth should be 2-3/4 inches by 4-1/4 inches. When you're finished cutting them all out, you should have 24 small rectangles. You'll only need 21 of those for this project, so set aside 3 to use for something cool that comes out of your creative brain later on.
If you're using paper that's patterned on one side and blank on the other, arrange the 21 pieces into a heart shape with patterned side up, using the picture below as a guide.
After the most exciting part is done (the writing of the letter, of course), you probably want to know how to get it in the envelope. So now I'll give you those folding instructions I talked about.
I'm going to use the first version to demonstrate how to fold it up. I colored over the back of this one with crayons partly because coloring is just plain fun, and also to cover up the words on the back (I used scrap paper), and also to make it easier for you to distinguish the back from the front. You can color the back too if you want, but it's not necessary.
Folding Instructions I
1. Lay the whole thing out flat, with the written on side facing you.
2. Fold down 1 and 2.
3. Fold 5 and 6 over on 1 and 2.
4. Fold 4 and 7 back against 3 and 8.
5. Fold 3 and 8 down on 9 and 15.
6. Fold 9 and 15 back against 10 and 14.
7. Fold 10 and 14 over on 11 and 13.
8. Fold 11 back against 12.
9. Fold 13 back against 12.
10. Fold 21 up on 18.
11. Fold 16 and 20 back against 17 and 19.
12. Fold 17 over on 18.
13. Fold 19 over on 18.
14. Fold that bunch up on 12.
I hope that makes sense. If it confused you a little, I've got you all set up with these instructions in pictures!
Folding Instructions II
I used assorted writing utensils and scissors to hold down the paper while photographing. So if you're wondering why those are there, that's why.
Also, I lightly drew big numbers on each rectangle with a colored pencil, so that it's easier for you to see which rectangle is which, and thus make it easier to put the instructions to use.
And you're done with that! Back to the small version...
Notice how I made the hearts point outwards. I think it adds a lot. I'm sorry, but I can't help but think that this envelope is just adorable.
More Fun Ideas
- Don't number any of the rectangles - let the recipient figure it out, using only the words on each as the clues!
- Write only one word on each rectangle, for a (relatively) short and sweet message. Challenge yourself to think of a message exactly 21 words long.
- Draw a picture over the entire heart, instead of writing anything.
- Make a bunch of these and save the 3 extra pieces from each until they eventually all add up and you don't have any extras. Then mail them to a million different people!
- Number each rectangle, but randomly. Jump from the top left corner to the middle right! Get crazy!
What other fun ideas can you incorporate into this craft?