If you are sending a letter or greeting card to someone special, add a personal touch to it by making a cute envelope yourself. Here is a super easy way to make an envelope from a piece of heart shaped paper. You can do it in a few minutes. Just choose your favorite patterned paper and get started! Here are the supplies you may need:
A piece of patterned paper; A piece of paper for the template; Scissors; Pen; Ruler.
How to do: 1. Draw a heart shape on a piece of paper and cut it out as the template. 2. Trace the heart shaped template on the patterned paper and cut it out. Draw the folding lines on the heart shaped paper, as shown in the image below. 3. Fold the heart shaped paper according to the folding lines and in the order as shown in the images below. 4. A cute envelop is done! The followings are other templates that you can make pretty envelops from.
How do you make an easy paper envelope?
Download Article Download Article Homemade envelopes can add a personal touch to any card or letter. You can easily make an envelope at home using a few basic supplies.
- 1 Get a paper that’s about twice as large as your desired envelope size. If in doubt, a standard size of 8.5 by 11 inches will do fine; you can fold and cut it in half before beginning if you want a small envelope.
- 2 Fold the paper over evenly. You should get a rectangle half the size of your original piece. Advertisement
- 3 Tape together the open left and right sides. Use tape to securely close the two open edges of the rectangle, leaving the top open. The top is where you will insert your letter.
- 4 Fold down the top to make a flap. Make a small flap by folding down the open edge of the rectangle. This will keep the letter from falling out of the envelope. A flap that is about 1/2 of an inch will work.
- 5 Insert the letter or card. Bend back the flap, and insert your letter, card, or other contents. Fold the flap down again after this is done.
- 6 Glue the flap to keep your message enclosed. Place a thin line of glue along the inner edge of the flap, then press the flap down. This will keep the envelope closed until the recipient opens it. You can also secure the flap with decorative tape or a sticker.
- 1 Lay a rectangular piece of paper down lengthwise (landscape-style). You can experiment with paper sizes, but if in doubt, a standard-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) will do.
- 2 Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Match up the edges of the paper to ensure the fold is straight, and press down on the folded edge with your fingers to make a crease. Then, you can unfold the piece of paper, and it will have a crease in the middle.
- 3 Fold the top right corner along the center crease. When the edge of the top right corner is touching the center crease in a straight line, fold the corner down. This will make a triangle shape with the top right corner.
- 4 Fold the top left corner along the center crease. Fold the top left corner down as you did the right corner. Remember to smooth out the paper with your fingers to make a straight fold. You will now have two small triangles sitting on top of a rectangle.
- 5 Fold one inch of the top and bottom edges toward the center crease. The measurement here does not have to be exact, so you can eyeball the fold. Both the top and bottom edges should be folded towards the center, leaving enough room in the center for a letter or card to fit, about one inch.
- At this point, the paper should still be lying lengthwise
- The triangular point of the paper should still be facing left.
- 6 Fold the right edge of the paper along the bottom of the triangle. The edge of the folded triangle on the left-hand side of the paper should be parallel with the edge of the right hand side. The triangle itself will still be visible. Smooth out the fold with your fingers, then unfold it.
- 7 Fold your message so it fits into the envelope. Large cards may be too big for this method, but regular letter-sized paper will fit if folded in half or in thirds.
- 8 Insert your message. Your note can go between the horizontal creases of the envelope. Use the bottom flaps of the triangle and the two length-wise flaps at the side to keep the message in the envelope.
- 9 Close the envelope. Fold the right hand edge of the paper back up to the edge of the triangle, just like did a moment ago. Fold the triangle top towards the center of the rectangle. Now, you will notice the back of your envelope looks like those bought in stores.
- 10 Tape the edges shut. Use small pieces of tape to secure the sides of the envelope. Tape the flap of the envelope closed as well.
- 11 Hand-deliver your letter. Unfortunately, postal services often charge more for mailpieces that are not precisely rectangular and those that do not have exact edges. Hand-deliver your homemade envelope if you do not want to pay extra shipping costs.
- 1 Get a square sheet of paper larger than your letter or card. If your letter or card is very large, you may need to go to a craft store to find the right size of paper. For example, if your card is 8.5 x 11 inches, then you will need at least a 12 x 12 inch piece of paper. For a small 4 x 5 inch card, a 7 x 7 inch piece of paper will work.
- 2 Place the paper so its corners are in a diamond shape. The corners should face up and down, and right and left, like a diamond.
- 3 Fold the square corner to corner. This will create one crease going from the upper left to the bottom right corner and another crease going from the upper right to the bottom left corner. First, line up two of the opposing edges, crease, and then unfold. Repeat this for both the other corner, then unfold the edges so the paper lies flat in a diamond shape again.
- 4 Fold the bottom corner up to the middle crease. Touch the bottom corner to the point where both creases intersect in the middle of the paper. Then, crease the edge of the fold so the paper lies flat.
- 5 Fold the flat bottom of the corner up to the middle crease. Now, the paper will be triangular. The outer edges of the paper should line up almost perfectly. Smooth the fold so the paper lies flat.
- 6 Fold the left corner towards the center. Fold the left edge of the triangle so the point goes slightly over the middle crease.
- 7 Fold the right corner towards the center. The right corner of the triangle corner should overlap the crease, too.
- 8 Fold back the edge of the right corner. The right corner did not line up perfectly with the middle crease, so fold the overlapped point back slightly. The edge of the right corner should line up with the vertical crease. This will make a small triangle.
- 9 Spread the small triangle open. When you stick your finger into the fold the of the small triangle, you will notice the small triangle naturally opens into a diamond shape. Spread and flatten the small triangle. The tiny diamond will have a crease down the center.
- 10 Insert the top edge of the envelope into the small opening. Now, the envelope is finished! You can reopen the envelope to insert your card or letter, and close the top edge after it is inserted. You may want to secure any loose edges with tape if you have trouble keeping them shut.
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- Question Can you make an envelope without tape? This answer was written by one of our trained team of researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow Staff Editor Staff Answer Yes. The origami method is a great way to make an envelope without tape, although you may want to use some to keep the flap from coming open. You can also use stickers or a glue stick to keep the flap in place if you don’t have any tape on hand.
- Question What are the common sizes of envelope? This answer was written by one of our trained team of researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow Staff Editor Staff Answer There’s a huge range of envelope sizes. The most common mailing envelope is 4 1/8 by 9 1/2 inches (10.5 by 24.1 cm). A typical greeting card envelope is 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches (13.3 cm by 18.4 cm). Many manila envelopes are designed to hold a standard sheet of printer paper. These envelopes are usually 9 by 12 inches (22.9 by 30.5 cm).
- Question Can we make the taped envelope with a different size of paper? Yes, these instructions should work for any size. If the proportions seem way off partway through, you can trim off part of the paper.
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Article Summary X To make your own envelope, you just need a rectangular piece of paper and some tape. First, fold your piece of paper in half lengthwise and unfold. Then, rotate the paper 90 degrees and fold the top right corner down to the center crease.
- Do the same thing with the top left corner.
- Now, fold the right edge of the paper in 1 inch (2.5 cm), then repeat with the left edge of the paper.
- Fold the bottom edge of the paper up to the bottom of the triangle at the top of the paper.
- Fold up your message so it fits inside the envelope, then stick it inside.
Finally, fold the triangle down to close the envelope and tape the edges of the envelope shut. For other ways to make envelopes, including a square origami envelope, read on! Did this summary help you? Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 4,783,843 times.
How do you fold a heart shape?
- 1 Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally and then unfold it. Start with the paper turned so it looks like a diamond. Then, fold the top point down so it touches the bottom point. Crease and then unfold.
- If you don’t have a square piece of paper, cut a regular piece of paper into a square with scissors.
- 2 Fold the square in half diagonally from left to right and then unfold it. You want to fold the left point over so it touches the right point. Crease and then unfold.
- When you’re done, there should be 2 perpendicular crease marks on the paper square.
- 3 Fold the top point down to the center of the paper. Keep the paper turned so it still looks like a diamond. The top point should be touching the center of the paper where the 2 perpendicular creases intersect. Crease the fold.
- 4 Fold the bottom point up to the top edge of the paper. The bottom point should be touching the center of the top edge. Crease the fold.
- 5 Fold the bottom left and right corners up to the top edge of the paper. The corners should touch the middle of the edge, in the same spot you folded the bottom point to in the last step. After you fold the corners, crease the folds.
- At this point, your paper square should be starting to look like a heart.
- 6 Flip the paper over and fold the points in to hide them. First, fold the left and right points in toward the middle of the paper. Then, fold the top 2 points down toward the middle of the paper. Don’t fold the bottom point.
- Now your paper heart is finished! Flip it over again to see how it looks.
- 1 Fold a square piece of paper in half horizontally and then unfold it. Start with the paper on a flat surface in front of you. Then, fold the top edge down so it touches the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- If you don’t have a square piece of paper, use scissors to cut a regular sheet of paper into a square.
- 2 Fold the paper in half vertically and then unfold it. Bring the left edge of the paper over so it touches the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- 3 Fold the paper in half diagonally both ways, unfolding it after each fold. First, bring the top left corner down so it touches the bottom right corner. Crease and unfold. Then, bring the top right corner down so it touches the bottom left corner. Crease and unfold.
- At this point, there should be 4 long creases on the piece of paper that all intersect in the center.
- 4 Fold the top and bottom edges to the center and then unfold them. Fold both edges so they meet in the center along the horizontal crease. Crease both folds and then unfold them.
- 5 Fold the left and right edges to the center and then unfold them. Just like you did with the top and bottom edges, bring the left and right edges together so they meet in the center of the paper. Crease both folds and then unfold them.
- 6 Rotate the paper and fold the top and bottom points to the center. You want to rotate the paper so it looks like a diamond. Bring the top point on the diamond down and the bottom point up so they touch in the center along the crease. Crease the folds. Don’t unfold them.
- At this point, the paper should have 6 points.
- 7 Fold all 6 points on the paper to the center and then flatten it. Fold the left and right points to the center of the paper. At the same time, fold the top 2 points down to the center along the existing diagonal creases. Fold the bottom 2 points up to the center along the existing diagonal creases. Crease the folds and don’t unfold them.
- To flatten the paper, fold it in half horizontally so the top and bottom edges are going away from you. The folded crease should be facing you.
- Once the paper is flattened, it will start to look like a heart.
- 8 Valley-fold and then mountain-fold the left point. Valley folding is when you fold a point toward you, while mountain folding is when you fold a point away from you.
- First, valley-fold the left point in toward the middle of the paper and crease the fold.
- After you make the valley fold, unfold it and mountain-fold the point back behind the paper along the crease you just made. Crease again and unfold.
- 9 Turn the paper so you’re facing the crease from the last fold. Hold the paper with both hands so you have a hand on each side of the crease you’re looking at.
- 10 Pull the sides of the paper out until you can see a square-shaped crease. The square-shaped crease should be near the center of the paper, right where you folded the left point 2 steps ago.
- There should be 2 perpendicular creases that intersect in the center of the square.
- 11 Mountain-fold the sides of the square and then press them together. Remember, mountain folding is where you fold away from you. Once you’ve made 4 mountain folds — 1 along each side of the square — press the left and right sides of the square together to flatten the paper.
- When you press the left and right sides together, the square should fold in on itself so it’s tucked inside of the flattened paper. If it doesn’t, help it along by pressing down on the center of it with your finger.
- 12 Turn the paper and mountain-fold the 3 points on the left side. At this point, you should be facing the front of the paper again.
- Mountain folding the 3 points away from you will hide them and smooth out the edges of the paper so your heart is rounded.
- 13 Repeat steps 10-16 with the right side of the paper. This time, valley- and mountain-fold the right point instead of the left point. Find the square-shaped crease on the right side of the paper, tuck it in so it’s hidden, and mountain fold the 3 points to round the edges of your heart.
- Once you finish the right side, your heart is finished!
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- Question Why don’t you show pictures of it? PrincessCutieFuz26 Community Answer There are some pictures from people who used this wikiHow at the bottom of this page.
- Question How can I make my heart look bigger? Use a bigger paper and repeat all the steps. With a bigger paper, you don’t need to change any step, because the size of the paper will do it for you.
Ask a Question 200 characters left Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Submit Advertisement Thanks for submitting a tip for review! Article Summary X To fold a paper heart, first fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally and unfold it.
Then, fold it in half diagonally the other way and unfold it again. Rotate the paper so one of the corners is at the top, then fold the top corner down to the horizontal middle crease. Next, fold the bottom corner up to the top edge. Take the right side of the bottom edge and fold it to the vertical middle crease.
Now, do the same thing with the left side of the bottom edge. Flip the paper over, then fold in the left and right corners to hide them. Finally, do the same thing with the two top corners. Flip your paper heart back over, and you’re finished! To learn more, including how to fold a 2-dimensional paper heart, scroll down.
How do you roll a love letter?
Take a corner of the paper and fold it diagonally to the opposite side. You should see a triangle with an exposed strip of paper on one end. Unfold and repeat the first step on the other corner on the same end of the paper. Unfold everything and you’ll see a folded ‘X’ on one end, and a narrow rectangle on the other.
Which paper is best for love letters?
A Modern Guide to the Love Letter When it comes to the greatest love letters ever written, many like to credit those extraordinary intellects of the 12th century, Peter Abelard and his gifted pupil and lover, Heloise. The besotted pair, whose passionate trysts included making love in a corner of the refectory of the convent in which Heloise had been cloistered, were reduced to expressing their affection via written words after Abelard was castrated by Heloise’s enraged uncle (as he recounts to a friend in the aptly titled letter, “Historia calamitatum”). Out of respect (or perhaps in deference to his deleted part), Heloise addresses him only as Abelard, but the letters Peter-less Abelard and Heloise exchanged lamenting their predicament offer resplendent examples of the art of translating love into language.
“Your looks were the beginning of my guilt;”, “your eyes, your discourse, pierced my heart; and in spite of that ambition and glory which tried to make a defense, love was soon the master.” Heloise is less abstract: “I call God to witness, if Augustus, ruling over the whole world, were to deem me worthy of the honour of marriage, and to confirm the whole world to me, to be ruled by me forever, dearer to me and of greater dignity would it seem to be called thy strumpet than his empress.” (While it’s tempting to use Heloise and Abelard as a model, each couple invents its own vocabulary of desire.
Napoleon, for example, presumed upon some private understanding when his courier presented a hastily written love note to Josephine saying that he would return to the capital in two weeks, and imploring her, “Don’t bathe.”) Even while lacking both Abelard’s intellect and Napoleon’s tastes, it’s possible to immortalize one’s passion in the epistolary form.
But to inscribe your love upon the human heart, you must attend carefully to every detail of the letter with which you convey your affection. Stationery The back of a cocktail napkin may have been sufficient, on occasion, to arouse the interest of the unescorted drinker beside you at the bar with a scrawled vulgarity followed by a question mark.
But for a love letter, don’t depend upon paper that’s provided to sop up spilled beer. Get yourself instead to a stationer, where you should select a sheet of hand-pressed, deckle-edged 100 percent cotton paper. The grain of such stationery, designed like your note to be neither glossy nor slick, hints at your character and may (if Freud wasn’t totally wrong) also subliminally suggest to your beloved those other cotton sheets you hope to share.
In fact, all the characteristics of such fine paper commend it as the medium of a love letter: its textured face gives purchase to the trembling fingers that will unfold your letter for the first time; later, the slight shadows cast by the raised grain will conceal tear stains after your fickle heart has cooled (as well as disguise the creases when it’s crumpled into a ball to be hurled at your indifference); and finally, the heft of the sheet will withstand the decades of surreptitious rereading, your lover long since having settled for marriage to another, less literate, person.
Warning: Do not succumb to the temptation to employ your own personal stationery imprinted with your name and address. Such handsome lettering makes identification of the author appallingly easy for your lover’s attorney. (Imagine, if you are not quite convinced of the danger, the disapproving nod as each juror examines your name and address engraved above your pledges of undying love—and support.) Remember, too, that if your beloved actually needs your name and address on such an intimate declaration to distinguish your note from the others he or she regularly receives, perhaps your relationship hasn’t yet matured sufficiently for your emotions to be immortalized in ink.
Ink Henry Ford’s position on the color of the Model T should guide your choice. You can write a love letter in any color you like, so long as it is black. No, you may not use blue, unless your imagination tends to the pornographic. As William Gass reminds us in his book-length meditation On Being Blue, the color serves as a synonym for the lewd (e.g., a “blue” movie).
So if you’re intent upon scorching your lover with salacious prose, you may suggest a certain droll wit by penning your indecencies in blue. If you sense that might be a mistake, stick to black. Why? Because it is serious, elegant, and stains more deeply and permanently than anything else.
So should your words. Elegance Though our age continues its accelerating devolution toward the casual, resist any inclination toward rumpled informality. Opt, as you have in your choice of ink, for the elegant, that style toward which all other styles aspire to be reduced. What exactly is it? Elegance is a refinement of simplicity rather than a flourish of excess.
Elegance prompts wit rather than comedy, sentiment rather than sentimentality. Such restraint is the lens through which all the diffuse sensations of desire are focused into the flame of passion. Restraint is the lens through which the diffuse sensations of desire are focused into the flame of passion.
- When it comes to length, learn from that great epistolary writer Blaise Pascal.
- In closing an unusually long letter, the French mathematician and philosopher apologizes for its length.
- I had not time,” he explains, “to make it shorter.” Similarly, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, in “a plain long letter,” details for the man with whom she would elope a few weeks later the insistence of her father that she marry another.
The very length of the letter is offered as proof of her consternation: “My Letter is too long. I beg your pardon. You may see by the situation of my affairs tis without design.” Long-winded elegance is oxymoronic. So length does matter, but in writing, less is more.
Distill your prose until just a few sentences can intoxicate their reader. Salutation A minefield for the unwary, the greeting invariably gets one off on the wrong foot. Surely the addressee’s name is superfluous in such private correspondence, and mere flattery is more dangerous than one might suppose.
The 19th-century British author Thomas Hood must have thought himself the perfect poet in adopting so grandiloquent a tone when he opened a love letter to his wife with “My own dearest and best.” Unfortunately, Mrs. Hood, if well educated, would have recalled that the use of the superlative is reserved for comparisons of three or more.
The question of which other two or more ladies Hood had found in his experience to be deficient to his spouse may have nagged at her imagination and spoiled the effect he sought. Avoid the temptation of bombast. But if you nonetheless insist upon a formal salutation, unrestrained adulation may be your best course.
Consider the example elicited by Martha Blount. The rumored mistress of Alexander Pope risked the wrath of the Wasp of Twickenham when she addressed him as “Dear Creature.” Charmed, however, the poet responded in a letter beginning with the simple but always effective, “Most Divine!” Even an excessively scrupulous lover would not likely object to your plagiarism of such an opening nor find offense in the comparison.
- Body We call it the body of the love letter for good reason, but recipients won’t necessarily be moved by your appeals to their physical parts.
- Even four centuries later, Henry’s confession to Anne Boleyn of his royal wish to find himself “in my Sweethearts Armes whose pritty Duckys I trust shortly to kysse” still sounds cringingly silly.
So pay attention to your words. Remember, it’s “scent,” not “odor.” Your beloved doesn’t “smell” good; her “fragrance” is enchanting. If you find yourself stuck, begin with a quotation. Shakespeare is a safe bet, especially his Twelfth Night, in which one woman, disguised as a man, woos another woman on behalf of the actual man the first woman secretly loves.
Yes, it’s complicated, but you can learn from the Bard’s play how a woman might woo if she were a man—an invaluable lesson in imagining what the object of your affections wants to hear. And, even if you have a knack for them, no pornographic drawings. Ulysses S. Grant peppered his love letters to Julia Dent with blank spaces, which, he was forced to explain to the baffled lady, were an attempt to suggest feelings that words could never express.
It worked for Grant, who married Miss Dent after four years of courtship. It might work for you. Metaphors Use metaphor, not euphemism. If you don’t know what a metaphor is, rent Il Postino, In the film, the exiled poet Pablo Neruda explains the concept to his postman, and the metaphors invented by Mario, the tongue-tied mailman, win the heart of his gorgeous Beatrice.
- Neruda’s own poetry is also an invaluable trove.
- His book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is full of examples (and its final song may prove of comfort if your letter fails).
- Even if you have a knack for them, no pornographic drawings.
- A few rules apply.
- No cute goofiness.
- No financial metaphors, particularly employing the conceit of what an excellent investment your lover is.
Food is a good choice, but be careful. Fashionable vegetables may be all the rage at that little bistro where you take your beloved after a film like Il Postino, but a fiddlehead fern may be more attractive on the plate than on the page. If your lover is female, you can compare her to a flower.
- Jorge Luis Borges, always intrigued by labyrinths, reminds us that one of the immortal metaphors of poetry pairs a woman with a flower.
- You should realize, though, that roses (and oysters, for that matter) are associated with love in part because of their physical resemblance to a particular part of a the female anatomy.
When Bobby Burns sings, “O, my luve’s like a red, red rose,” he’s speaking literally as well as figuratively. So consider carefully all the implications of the metaphors you strew. Grammar Fernando Pessoa, the great Portuguese poet, insists that immortality depends upon the grammarians.
He knows what he’s talking about. Consider the case of Confederate officer William F. Testerman, for example, who penned these concluding sentences to his beloved: “Direct your letters as before and dont forget your best friend so I will end my few lines but my love to you has no End remember me as ever your love and friend.
Excuse bad riting.” Perhaps Miss Jane Davis, to whom the soldier’s letter was addressed, forgave his prose. He did, after all, write from the battlefield. But you, in composing your love letter, seek to make eloquent those reasons of the heart most resistant to glib formulation.
- Bad riting” won’t ease your task.
- Make subjects agree with verbs, and pronouns, with their antecedents.
- Do not say, “Everyone love their mother, and I love you.” (Actually, there are quite a few reasons not to put that in a love letter.) Proofread.
- Then proofread again.
- Complimentary Close Be extravagant.
As much as you might mean it, don’t end with “Sincerely,” “Cordially,” “Affectionately,” “All best wishes” or “Yours truly.” Their punctilious formality smacks of someone who wears wing tips to bed. “Your humble servant” is appropriate, but only for certain kinds of relationships.
Something closer to “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” the title of the British film about undying (for awhile) love, might do. On the other hand, if you’ve done your job up till the last sentence of so intimate a letter, the swooning reader won’t notice the omission of this epistolary convention. Be bold. Skip it.
Signature If you can’t bring yourself to close without a signature, limit yourself to your first initial. And try to be illegible here. There’s no reason to make the job easier for a lawyer someday. Delivery Avoid overnight delivery services; they make you look too anxious.
And, contradictorily, they take too long. Instead, bribe whomever you must to have the letter placed directly upon the beloved’s pillow. Accepting an Answer Let your lover express gratitude without interruption. There should be nothing left for you to say, anyway, and no improvisation will match the perfectly crafted sentences of the letter that has brought you to what ancient poets called, not without reason, the bower of happiness.
: A Modern Guide to the Love Letter
How do you start an old fashioned love letter?
How to Start Your Love Letter – We all know how intimidating it can be staring down that blank page, so let us help you out. Start off with a sweet salutation like, “Dear darling,” “To my love” or invoking their special nickname so they know this letter is all about them.
Don’t be afraid to get mushy to really set the mood. Next, tell them why you’re writing a letter instead of just signing a generic card. Maybe it’s because you really want to put your feelings into words, you’re so full of love that you can’t hold back, or because you believe they’re so special that they also deserve a personal letter.
If you’re writing the letter in honor of, a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, this intro is a great place to do that. Then in the next paragraph or two, get right to the heart of the matter. The more personal, the better.
How do you write an emotional love letter?
Yes, Love Letters Are Still A Thing: Here’s How To Write A Great One Author: Updated on October 17, 2022 Lia Miller, M.A., MPA, MSW, is a freelance writer, foreign service officer, and clinically trained social worker. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in International Relations, both from Syracuse University, and a third master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
- Some would say that writing a love letter is a dead form of communication, a relic from olden days that’s irrelevant in the era of instant gratification where we find ourselves today.
- At a time when we are separated by visible and invisible barriers, forced apart by social distancing, and almost completely reliant on more impersonal forms of communication like email, social media, and video chatting, a love letter is a particularly meaningful and romantic gesture because it’s slow, intentional, and deeply personal.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to write a love letter to a partner, a crush, or just about anyone.
- Writing a love letter to a long-term partner such as a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse can be a great way to affirm or even rekindle your love for each other.
- Mental health counselor, points out that couples can often forget to keep connecting with each other as they get swept up in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
- So, a love letter can be a moment to step back, get in touch with your emotions, and show some serious affection to your partner—particularly if it’s not something you often do with each other.
“Allow yourself to be vulnerable and share your heart,” she recommends. “Many times, we are scared to truly share ourselves out of fear of or misunderstanding, but writing a love letter creates a genuine opportunity to connect with one another.” Really lean into your emotions—that’s what’s going to really make your love letter sing.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features. The greeting is important because it will set the tone for your entire letter, so you want to make sure you start off with something that will catch their attention and keep them reading. Don’t just start with “Dear “—instead, greet them with something more romantic or personalized.
Pet names and inside jokes work great. Examples:
- To my best friend.
- To my darling.
- To my soul mate.
- To my forever love.
- Baby, sweetie, bae, etc.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features. Is it an anniversary or another special occasion? Did your partner come through for you in a big way and you want to show appreciation? Have you just been feeling a lot of love for your partner and wanting to show your affection? Whatever it is, say why you are writing the letter to give your letter some context.
- The body of the letter is where you will really pour out your heart.
- For a longtime love, you want to talk about memories, overcoming obstacles together, what made you fall in love initially, why you still love them today, and what you see in the future.
- Examples and ideas:
- Tell them why you love them. In some cases, this can literally be a list of the things you love about them and more importantly why you love these qualities or attributes.
- Literally “count the ways” you love them, and list some of the reasons for your love.
- Talk about how your life has changed since they became a part of it and why you are grateful for that.
- Talk about the future, where your relationship will be going next, how you will be there to support and “show up” for each other. Talk about why the future together is exciting.
- Reaffirm your love and commitment to them and how you will hold up your side of the relationship/partnership.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features. Recall a romantic memory—the first date, the first time you saw them, your wedding day, an anniversary, a special vacation, the first time you laughed together or cried together, etc. The point is to make it meaningful. Examples:
- When I first saw you.
- The first time I heard your voice.
- When we first met, I immediately knew you were special because.
- I knew you were the one when.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features. Closing or wrapping up the letter is important because it is where you sum up all the things you have just laid out in your letter. This section shouldn’t be that long since you’ve put the meat of the letter into the body. Examples:
- I look forward to loving you for a lifetime.
- I am so lucky to be with my best friend and soul mate.
- These years with you have been the happiest of my life.
- My love for you will never end.
- Till death do us part—I said it then and I still mean it now.
- Writing a letter for a crush is a lot different from writing a love letter to a partner.
- For starters, writing for a crush can be really scary because there is a risk in putting yourself out there if you have no clue if the feelings are mutual.
- However, there is no way to know how they will respond if you don’t open yourself up.
- Many of the tips given in the previous section of writing a letter for a longtime love or partner apply to writing a letter to crush, though obviously the difference is you don’t know them as well.
- Here are some general tips for letter writing for a crush:
Love letters can be a really romantic way to let someone know you like them, but they can also come off strong and can veer into “creepy” territory if you’re not careful. Before writing a full-throttle love letter to a crush, you should have some sense of where they stand—some inclination that they might feel the same way about you.
If you know that you’re both crushing on each other, a love letter can be a great gesture. Alternatively, you can write someone a love letter simply with the intention of making them feel loved, without making it about trying to start a relationship with them. Sending an extremely affectionate love letter to someone who has no clue that you like them or who doesn’t view your relationship romantically might be overwhelming and can make some people uncomfortable.
Consider whether you’re writing this letter for their benefit or for your own; if the latter, it may make more sense to write the letter without sending it. This can still be a very therapeutic process for you! It can be powerful to hear someone describe shared memories and interactions from their point of view.
- When I first saw you, you took my breath away.
- When I heard you speak, it really impressed me or caught my attention.
- You are captivating and make me feel things I haven’t felt before.
- The time we spend together is so precious to me.
- The first time I spoke to you, I knew you were someone special.
Many people love receiving compliments that make them feel good about themselves; if nothing else, most people are interested in hearing how other people see them. Without going over the top, describe the little things that make this person special to you.
Don’t just focus on their outward appearance—talk about their inner qualities, such as their strength, resilience, playfulness, passion for their work, etc. Don’t be too general in your letter. Don’t just say that you like them or that they caught your interest. Tell them why you like them and how they make you feel.
- You make me happy because.
- I always look forward to seeing you because.
- I find you captivating because.
If you’re feeling stuck, find inspiration. Look for examples of love letters that say things similar to what you want to say. Look at the great poets and writers and find inspiration in their words. You can even quote them if it feels appropriate. There is nothing wrong with a little cheese if it captures how you really feel.
- When I think about you, I end up with a stupid grin on my face.
- Since I met you, I’ve been feeling like I’m living the best dream of my life.
- We’re all special, but you raised the bar on that.
Make sure they know why you’re writing this letter. Are you just wanting to make them feel good? Are you telling them how you feel because you’re hoping they might feel the same way? If you’re not sure where the recipient stands, it is important to let them know that there isn’t any pressure on them to do anything, to respond to the letter in any specific way, or to feel the same way you do.
- Talk about the fun dates you could go on.
- Talk about the silly arguments you might have.
- Talk about watching your favorite movies in an evening of Netflix and chill.
- Talk about the upcoming good days and the bad days.
- Talk about how awesome it will be dating each other!
Before you even put pen to pad, you need to get yourself in a letter-writing state of mind. According to, a licensed psychologist at Atlanta Couple Therapy, your “state of mind is so important when preparing yourself to write a love letter.
- To get yourself into a mindset of creativity and inspiration, you need to manage your environment.”
- Tapping into your five senses can help you get into the right head space.
- For example:
- If possible, go to a place you find inspiring, creative, and romantic to write your letter. Alternatively, you can find a good photo of the location in mind (e.g., a photo of a beach at sunset) and place it in your work area where you can easily see it and draw motivation from it.
- “Music can be incredible for getting into that creative space,” says Louis. If you are motivated by music, make a playlist that taps into that creative part of yourself and brings up positive feelings that you associate with the person you are writing the letter for.
- Don’t discount to help get you into a love-letter-writing mood. “Certain scents can affect your mood. In particular lavender and eucalyptus are powerful in affecting your mood” and inspiring creativity, says Louis. Alternatively, you can use a scent that you love that reminds you of your loved one.
You don’t need to be an expert writer to get your point across, but you should take the time to think about what you want to say before you start writing. It’s OK if you have to write and rewrite the letter a few times before you get to a version that you are ready to send.
- Practice makes perfect.
- If you don’t like what you’ve written, don’t settle.
- Eep at it until you end up with something you love, which will ensure your recipient loves it too.
- At the same time, don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
- The recipient will most likely appreciate your efforts, and their focus will be on the sentiments shared in the letter and not on how “well” the letter was written.
A good love letter will make the recipient feel loved, cherished, accepted, desired, special, and important. As you’re writing, think about not just what you want to say but also how you want the person to feel as they read your words. Thompson suggests thinking about the as you write—aka touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, and quality time.
- Which of these ways does this person enjoy receiving love? “Be sure to touch on what your partner’s love language is when you are writing to tell them what you love about them,” Thompson says.
- The way you deliver your letter is almost as exciting as the letter itself.
- This is where you can get really creative and have some fun with it.
Examples and ideas:
- Go direct and hand it to them in person.
- Use good ol’-fashioned “snail mail” and mail it to them with an envelope and stamp for a real treat. Who doesn’t love getting mail that isn’t a billing statement or promotional item?
- Break it up into little bits and send your love on a “scavenger hunt” with clues leading them to the places they can find the different pieces of the letter until they have the whole thing—which leads them back to you.
- Leave it in a place they will least expect, such as on the front seat of their car before they are about to leave the house or on the bedside table for them to find while you’re out of town. Or if they take their lunch to work, tuck it away in their lunch so they have a surprise waiting for them when they open it up at work.
- Use Post-it notes and leave short excerpts or key parts of your love letter on the Post-its, placed in strategic places throughout the house. Or you can even cover an entire wall in your words of love for them if you’re feeling ambitious.
We live in a “microwave society” where people want things “quick, fast, and in a hurry,” Louis says. But that’s what makes letter writing so special. It takes time to put together and is a permanent testament to your that doesn’t disappear in a long thread of text messages.
Lover letters are one of the greatest exemplars of true romance. The letter isn’t even the romantic part but rather the idea that your lover is thinking of you even when they are not physically in your presence. Writing a love letter lets them know their importance in your life, captures what makes your relationship special, and demonstrates what makes the person you are with amazing to you.
Finally, a love letter allows your partner to see themselves through your eyes, which is, in itself, a gift., is an award-winning writer, foreign policy expert, and clinically trained social worker with emphasis on childhood and family dynamics. She has dual bachelor’s degrees with honors in Social Work and African American Studies, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in International Relations from,
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How do you make a heart on text?
How to Text a Heart A simple guide to typing the ” Do you love the text message you received and want to reply with a heart? Instead of sending a colorful emoji, try using symbols on your keyboard! The
- If you’re using an Android or iPhone, press the symbol button on your keyboard (something like “?123” or “123”). Enter “<" and "3" to make "<3", which is the heart symbol.
- If you’re using a computer, press and hold “Shift” and press “<". Finally, press "3".
- If you don’t like the text symbols, you can use other methods to add heart icons or emojis.
- 1 Create or reply to a text message on your Android, iPhone, or iPad. Open the app you normally text in, such as Messages or WhatsApp, then compose your message or reply.
- 2 Go to the symbol keypad to add symbols. If you have an iPhone or iPad, tap the “123” button. On an Android and other phones, you’ll see a button with either “symb,” “?123,” “*#(” or “@!?” on it.
- Going to this mode lets you input symbols instead of letters and numbers.
- 3 Insert the open angle bracket. Select the sign “<" to do this.
- 4 Type a 3. Select the number three “3” from the keypad. This will form a heart shape that will look like this,
- You now have successfully created a heart in your message.
- 5 Send your message. Now the recipient of the heart knows how you feel!
- 1 Click the mouse where you want to insert a heart. You can type a symbol that looks like a heart in any program that allows typing, including your web browser, Microsoft Word, email apps, and Notepad. You can also add hearts to direct messages on websites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- This will work on any computer that has a keyboard, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can even do this with your iPad, iPhone, and Android if you aren’t texting someone!
- 2 Press and hold the ⇧ Shift key. There are usually two of these keys, one near each bottom corner of your keyboard.
- 3 Press and release <, It's the same key that has the comma (,). When you release your finger from both keys, a < will appear. This is the bottom of the heart.
- You can also release the Shift key.
- 4 Press the 3 key. You have now created a heart-shaped symbol.
- Sending a “<3" in Messenger will trigger a floating heart animation for phones and tablets.
- Question How do I make the heart symbol in texts? Go to the comma key. Press Shift + comma key to activate the ”
- Question How do I type a heart on an Apple computer? Pressing command+option+T should open up the Mac OS X Character Palette. Here you can find hearts and any other symbols you might need.
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