Boxed geometric heart

Ireally liked the 3D hearts in the gift-wrap I showed previously so I’ve been making paper versions! They make a nice alternative to a card.

You can even make one every color of the rainbow.

There is a little box which you can make to put the hearts in (each box fits two hearts).

Templates for the box and the hearts are at the foot of the post. It’s a fairly straight forward cut, score, fold, glue project. Any problems then do leave a comment.

They look great in neon but I’ve found the neon colours really hard to photograph. Tips please!

+ 3D paper heart template
+ Box for 3D paper heart


 

 

70 Comments Leave yours

  1. GORGEOUS, SIMPLY GORGEOUS! So cute and fun…. AND they have a fab little box! I just tried to photograph a stack of neons for our site and it always throws off the light balance in the camera, particularly hard to shoot if other colours are in the picture too. I don’t have a solution for you unfortunately but I have empathy as I have the same issue!

    Photo’s look GREAT regardless! :-)

    • Kate #

      Hi Snoozie & Moose….I’m kinda relieved I am not the only one having trouble with neons….there must be a solution….if I come across any tips I’ll let you know ^_^

  2. I just made similar project (!) :) I like 3D hearts.

    • Kate #

      Hi Kaja…your hearts look lovely (& your little boy is very, very cute ^_^)

  3. Molly #

    Wow, these are lovely! I’ll definitely be doing this for my sister’s birthday instead of a card, so much more thoughtful and creative :)

  4. I love the hearts, thanks! Do you shoot your pictures in RAW? In the Came ra RAW screen in photoshop you can try to lower the vibrance, second slide from the bottom. I always use it when editing shoots with lots of red in it like walls and cushions.

    If you want to know more just send me an email. Glad to do something back for al the wonderful things you share.

    Good luck!

    • Kate #

      Hi Nicolet…

      Many thanks for the suggestions. I found this webpage:
      http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pselements/qt/open-jpeg-as-camera-raw.htm
      is this what you are suggesting? Looks useful anyway.

      I tried to open a photograph in photoshop but it said it wasn’t a valid file type so I presume I need to change the settings on my camera….I will dig the manual out and find out how to do this.

      I have very little technical ability when it comes to photography. I just point, shoot and hope for the best ^_^

      I will give this a go on my next project and email you if I run into problems.

      Many thanks for the help

      Kate

  5. Hi Kate…I stumbled across your blog when searching for a playdough recipe – so glad I did. Much inspiration here in your space…We made the naturally dyed playdough (I linked to your post), and although my little Saskia was slow to take up the joys of dough, she’s all about it now :) Looking forward to searching your archives, Claire x

  6. Oh Kate, You are AMAZING. These little boxes are GORGEOUS. I’d have to make mine much bigger though, as the tiny cuts are so intricate. How do you make the cuts so exactly??? Exacto knife or scissors? Again, I love the beauty and love you generate by sharing your creations. blessings to you!!!

    • Kate #

      Hi Becky,

      I use a small pair of Fiskars Embroidery Scissors which I wouldn’t be without. They are ace (and I get very grumpy if I can’t find them!).

      You can enlarge the templates using a photocopier….I make them small so they can be printed out on a sheet of A4 :)

  7. Michelle E #

    Hi ya Kate,

    these 3d hearts are stunning and I think would be great to put out on your dinning table as little Valentine treats with chocolates or mints inside. I love the boxes as well and can’t wait to make both these projects. As regards the photography of neon card, I am sorry I cannot help you but I think your photo looked fine and showed the colour as very vibriant.

    Thank you very much for sharing your talents.

    Michelle E xx

  8. Charlotte Diamond #

    AWESOME!!! I love it!!! totally doing it for my boy!! I’ve made the {Valentines day} pixelated popup card for his birthday, he is in love with it!! He still has it on his desk!!! Thank you so much!!!

  9. 3D hearts! So cute! Can’t wait to make some of these. After the final exams… of course…
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. They are beautiful! I will make some for my valentine! :)

  11. I SO love these!

  12. What a ripper idea! Super cool and super easy. LOVE :)

  13. Great idea for the Valentine!!! I see many possibilities for this one! :)

    Thank you very much!!!

  14. I love this! I’m going to try to play around with the template and use my Silhouette machine to cut them out. Thank you so much!

  15. Caroline Siow #

    OMG!! THIS IS PERFECT!! But what if I want to make it like a box where i can put stuff in it and have it easily opened.

  16. Thank you for this amazing blog! Love it! I did something with your lovely prints. http://selma-greyscale.blogspot.fi/2013/02/2nd-edition-diy-wall-calender.html

    • Kate #

      Wow Selma…that looks fabulous. Well done you. So nice to see the designs in a different context. Happy crafting ^_^

  17. this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing

  18. dolene #

    très jolie petites boites super pour la saint valentin merci

  19. This is great,

  20. What a cute idea. I love little boxes. And in the shape of a heart??? Too cute!

  21. i got here through swiss miss!!! i love these boxes and all your DIY!! Thanks!

    • Kate #

      Thanks Ayumi…I’m an avid reader of swissmiss too ^_^

  22. Melina #

    Caroline:

    http://tethered2home.com/?p=8300

    This heartshaped box can be opened and closed..

  23. Hello!

    Love these!

    About the neon color; you can’t photograph neon colors. Yes, you can, but they will never be a neon color in the photo itself. I forgot how and why, but I learned this at school (I used to study photography, haha, but I guess I didn’t pay enough attention). ;)

    X Lisa

    • Kate #

      Hi lisa,

      I think it has something to do with neon colours being out of gamut. I know other photographers manage to fake it though so I was wondering what their tricks were! Thanks for the comment ^_^

  24. z0mg! Just found your blog and am in love <3<3<3 Going to print these right away and put little surprises in em for v-day on thursday. Thank you.

  25. Hey Kate, love your blog! I’m having trouble in printing your 3D-heart template. It’s too light to appear on my coloured paper :( can you help me or give the dimensions so I can draw it myself? Much love. xoxo

  26. Chloe Gong #

    OMG! This sure is geometric, but it’s absolutely the most ideal one I’ve ever seen! I deeply appreciate your ARTWORK!

  27. Thank You so much for the idea and the template. I used it to make a Valtine gift for my wife. I took your template imported it in Photoshop and added various family pictures on one side of the heart. Wife loved it. Thanks once again.

    • Kate #

      Hey Nik…thanks for the comment. So glad your wife liked it ^_^

  28. HI! What type of glue did you use to put the hearts together?

  29. j #

    ty

  30. Claire #

    Hey sweetie :) thanks! I really enjoy. However I wonder how you can color the heart shape on pdf? or you print it on colored paper? thank you for your help. anyway I still like it ;;)

    • Kate #

      Hi Claire…I just print it onto coloured paper…saves on ink.

  31. JiMin #

    I like your ideas!^^

    고마워요(thank U)

  32. Hi Kate,

    I love all of your stuff to pieces; easily the best thing on the web. Cant wait to get my hands on your new book.

    I had the same problem with neon a while back when I was trying to create neon colour in photoshop. It was impossible to create them! I think I worked out the answer. Neon colours are hard to photograph because they cannot be truly captured digitally; they cannot be converted into RGB on a camera and onto a screen, they are only completely neon in real life. They work by converting humanly invisible ultraviolet light into humanly visible colours. So its all about the perception of the eye. Annoying but at the same time pretty cool.

    Never stop doing this blog, its one of my favourite things!!

    • Kate #

      Thanks for all the kind comments and information Tori. I had read similar info on the web….was hoping to find a method of faking it.

      I don’t think I will ever stop the blog…unfortunately life/work getting in the way at the moment so on a bit of a go-slow!!

      • I think you did so well with capturing them though, how did you do it? I love neon and pastel at the moment and they seem to be in this year, I went and bought the full spectroscope set the other day, I think I wont be short of paper for a while! However I found that the neon pink in the neon set is not neon at all! Nowhere near as good as your photographs? I was wondering if you’re just especially good at photographing neon or if you bought your paper somewhere else? I’m struggling to find any modern craft places that arent full of twee cardmaking decorations!!!!!

        • Kate #

          Hi Tori,

          The Spectrascope pads I have just contain the rainbow colours….not the neon ones (am I missing out!!?)

          I bought a job-lot of neon paper online which has lasted well…if you want the link I can send it to you but it depends which country you live in. I totally share your frustration regarding naff craft supplies. I get most of mine from ebay!

          I did photoshop my pictures but find the neon colours really hard to adjust. If your picture is not very bright the neon looks ok but if you increase the brightness the neon effect is lost completely. To be honest it’s kind of put me off using neons for the site (I get grumpy if the photos look rubbish!).

          Thanks for the nice message ^_^

  33. Yobhel #

    I really want to make those but I don’t know the measurements and I don’t have time to print the template . Help me please :)

    • Kate #

      Hi Yobhel…sorry it would take me too long to let you know as I would have to print, measure and draw a diagram for you…much easier for you to print the template ^_^

  34. nimz #

    :’( for some reason I just can’t get these right I don’t understand a lot of it like I cut the template out and folded. But since am not so good with getting an idea on my own I usually follow the picture s shown of construction process. What do I do with the middle line? I simply am not getting how to make this and I really want to :’(

    • Kate #

      Hi Nimz…

      Sorry to hear you are having problems. The middle line wraps around the outside of the hearts – so becomes the edge of the heart.

      Stick down one tab at a time as you wrap it around the edge and hopefully it will start to make sense.

      Kate ^_^

  35. Chan #

    How do you stick the last “heart” into place? I can’t seem to stick it into place :(

    • Kate #

      Let me know exactly what problem you are having – is it tricky to line up…or is it not touching the flaps? Kate ^_^

  36. Beatriz #

    Sooooo cute!
    You’re awesome! :D

  37. Hello Kate]

    I just can’t do it right ! Do you have any video to demonstrate this ? Thank u :D

  38. Ahhh I just found your website and everything here is absolutely perfect! I love it :)

  39. Ines #

    Hello Kate,
    Your works are amazing. I wanted to print the template but it was impossible.
    What can I do?
    Thanks

    • Kate #

      Hi Ines…can you try again? What happens when you click on the link? Kate ^_^

  40. Natalie #

    So, I have a question…. Would you recommend using regular paper or construction paper ( thicker paper ) to make the hearts?

    • Kate #

      Hi Natalie – you can use either – regular paper is easier to work with and you get a crisper result – the end product is more delicate though.

  41. Ena #

    its so beautiful :)))

  42. Beautiful!!!! Thank you

  43. Magena #

    Hello.. First thing i want to say is that i love your blog! I alredy did one of the valentine’s day cards and the 3D heart, but i cant understand how to fold the box. May be it’s silly thing, but i just cant do it… Please help me. :)

    • Kate #

      Hi Magena.

      Do remember that all the half squares are tabs…does this help? If not then let me know which bit you are getting particularly stuck on.

      Kate ^_^

  44. RhiaPnda #

    I’m trying to find a paper craft that will make a heart shaped gem and this is the closest I can find. Is there anywhere that I might be able to find closer to a gem look?

  45. Lara #

    When I try to print it, the templates don’t show up. It prints “3D PAPER HEART” at the top, and the little note at the bottom, but the hearts them self don’t show up.

  46. Where are those templates?

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