Origami hearts from recycled catalogsIn honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we came up with these adorable origami hearts made from our own catalogs. This recycled craft really says, “I heart the planet.” In just six simple steps you can fold old catalog and magazine pages, even shopping bags, into wonderful decorations. String a cluster of hearts from a tree branch, add them to gift wrapped packages, or send them in the mail with an earth-friendly greeting. When you learn how you can transform old materials, you’ll think twice before throwing anything away!

– Claudia
PS colors: curry & fuchsia
Latest fave: Mini Magnolia Paper Flower Kit

Materials Needed:
How to PDF
Old catalogs, magazines or shopping bags
Ribbon scraps
1/4″ hole punch (we know you or a friend has one…or more)
A fallen branch anticipating its new transformation

1. Cut old catalogs, magazines or shopping bags into various sized squares. Follow the classic and simple origami heart directions in the How to PDF.
2. Fold as many hearts as your branch can hold. Hang each one with a bit of ribbon by punching a hole in the main body of each heart.
3. Hang branch in a window or feature on a wall.


23 Responses

  1. Manguiposa says:

    lovely!! I have made my office version =) with post it! hehehe I put it in Twitter =)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for including a PDF version of the how-to! I like to save craft ideas in document format but always have to copy and paste them into a Word document, which can be a bit annoying when I find multiple projects I like every day. Thank you so much for saving me a couple minutes today, I really appreciate it!!

  3. Marcia Tyrol says:

    Love the idea! Thanks for another creative inspiration, Katie!

  4. Nina says:

    I love it! I think that these would be cute hanging from a wreath on my front door!

  5. Stephanie B. says:

    I love this! thank you so much!!!!!!

  6. Chelsea says:

    How fun, I can’t wait to try this, thanks!!

  7. lindy says:

    Love the hearts! I made mini-envelopes with my paper-source catalog; you can see the how-to here: http://collagecafe04.blogspot.com/2010/03/envie-envy.html

    …scatter joy…

  8. Jenny says:

    I love this – thanks for including the HOW TO! πŸ™‚

  9. Wonderful looks so nice , l’ll see if i’m able to do one
    Thanks for sharin

  10. Jess says:

    i’ve done them this afternoon. they are so beautiful. thaks for the post.

  11. Katie says:

    I tried this over the weekend – loved it! See my post about it here:

  12. Susan says:

    This was a great idea, we used tree branches spray painted in white and placed in galvanized white buckets, then added the origami hearts streaming down, for a bridal shower. It was beautiful. I think i still have some pictures, i will have to send one for you to see how beautiful it was!!!!!

  13. Alchemilla says:

    Great idea! I’ve been using scenic catalog and calendar scenes for some time in lieu of wrapping paper — people always seem pleased. This adds another dimension to the potential decoration. Thanks!

  14. Andrea says:

    always look forward to seeing your color choices. lovely.

  15. Cassi says:

    Adorable! I’m going to pass this on to my sister. I think this could be an interesting guestbook table decoration for her upcoming wedding. Thanks!

  16. Cecilia Baldock says:

    I love hearts and am a huge fan of recycling, so this project is right up my alley.
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Aimee says:

    These are so cute and fun! I love to fold origami hearts.

  18. Jessica says:

    Such a cute idea. Thanks so much!!!

  19. melissa says:

    This is a SUPER CUTE project which i love!!!!!! It is so fun and creative thank you:):):):):)

  20. Elaine says:

    Tried it with a pink post it note, looks good! I’ll be decorating my desk on Tuesday with these πŸ˜‰

  21. I am a art student teacher at an elementary school in Chicago and this week we did this project with our 5th-8th grade classes. It turned out AWESOME and the kids absolutely LOVED it! We are now in the process of hanging them up all over the school. It fits perfectly since Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday. I have some pictures on my blog so you can see what the final result looks like:


    It was a great project!

  22. Christelle says:

    A fantastic project for Valentine’s day, I’ve done it with my daughter of 9 and had a really good time. She’s now decorating her bedroom with more hearts that she’s making. Loved the instructions, very clear. Thank you!!!

  23. Rachel says:

    Shared this project on my blog today. Keep creating beautiful things:)