Diagrams: Un cuore e una capanna (A Heart and a Cabin)

Edited by Sara Adams

Every day, for the past two weeks, I created a game for my seven-year-old niece to entertain her during the social distancing due to the pandemic. I sent her crosswords, puzzles and other riddles, but so far I have not proposed any origami. So when I saw Sara Adams’s model (diagrams available in The Fold), I thought of creating a model for her that was easy to do and that she could also teach to her friends during online meetings. I started from the traditional house because it is usually known to kids and used by their teachers. There is no double color change, but I think the heart is still visible, and children can always color it and add other decorations. This is dedicated to all of them.

Un cuore e una capanna, as folded and photographed by Francesco Mancini. See PDF diagrams.

Editor’s note: Un cuore e una capanna roughly translates to a house and a cabin. It is also a pun on the Italian saying due cuori e una capanna, which expresses that true love is content with little.


The West Nyack Library has an e-newsletter that is going to patrons during the COVID-19 crisis. May I share your story and the diagrams to make this model?

Of course, you can share it. It will be my pleasure to know that this project helps other people to go through the confinement.