How to Make Kirigami [9 Easy Steps & Lots of Schemes]

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to make kirigami cards out of cardboard. All kirigami diagrams are available for download.

If you want to learn how to do Kirigami in 2023, this is the guide for you!

About what kirigami is

Kiraimi (kirugami) is a Japanese word consisting of two words: “kiru” – cut + “kami” – printed paper.  It is one of the techniques of working with a paper surface to create three-dimensional images of objects, which is to cut or add a certain image while creating a three-dimensional shape. It is Kirigami is similar to origami in that it is a form of paper art. Their main difference is the following: in origami you only fold the paper, whereas in origami you not only fold but also cut the paper.

Postcards “pop-up”, or folding cards, is the direction of kirigami. Already when you open it for the first time, the folded shape between the pages is flattened out towards volume. Very often this technique is used in children’s books, where houses with castles, entire landscapes grow as if from nowhere, turning the page. Very impressive effect!

As a rule, to create kirigami you need to understand the basic principles of such three-dimensional forms. We will talk about this in a separate article, which is dedicated to this topic.
Kishigami is a hobby for which you do not need a lot of expensive materials, but the effect that is achieved with minimal materials – a knife and paper – is amazing. Also, below you can find a number of free templates, patterns or schemes for creating kirigami locks in a pop-up card style.

How to make kirigami heart

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How to make kirigami heart step by step

Total Time: 20 minutes

Step 1 [How to Make Kirigami]

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We will use thick sheets of cardboard for the base. 

Step 2

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Then, print out and rewrite the template on plain paper.

Step 3 [How to Make Kirigami]

how to make Kirigami

For the heart, cut out the outlines.

Step 4

how to make Kirigami

Now it is most convenient to make an incision with a stationery knife, and continue the work with scissors.

Step 5 [How to Make Kirigami]

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This will preserve the smoothness of the rounded parts of the heart. 

Step 6

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Heart halves cut out neatly on both sides of the sheet. 

Step 7

how to make Kirigami

To make the cardboard base of the card, you can decorate it to your liking.

Step 8

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You can sign the card. 

Step 9

how to make Kirigami

The spiral heart created can be unfolded to fasten its central part to the element on the left side of the sheet. Make the curve on the right side of the sheet towards yourself.


  • Paper that is at least 80 g/m2 and no more than 120 g/m2 thick.
  • Blades and scissors.
  • Rubber-coated pad to hold the paper securely in place.


  • Clips.
  • A small spatula.

Materials: A ruler. Pencil or pen. Glue.

How to make a kirigami heart video lesson

How to make a 3d heart with kirigami

Diagram of a 3d heart:

More schemes for kirigami