Pop-Up Card

One of the great things about having children is rediscovering some of the things that you used to love to do. My mother taught me how to make these simple pop-up cards when I was a child. I forgot all about them until I had children of my own. They are a fun and simple way to make someone feel special and relive our own childhood memories.

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We took two sheets of construction paper and folded them in half. One will become the pop-up section the other one will be the outside cover.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then Jackson drew a pony on a sheet of plain white paper and colored it with crayons.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Then he cut it out. 

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Tip

    If you decide to use a drawing you need to make sure it is smaller than a half sheet of construction paper or it will stick out of your card.

  • Step 4

    Take the construction paper that will be for the inside layer and cut two slits on the fold about 2 inches long. Then pull out the area between the two cuts and fold the paper in half.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Then we glued the cover on to the backside of the pop-up page.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Then Jackson glued his pony to the front side of the "pop-up" part of the paper. The pop-up part is done. You can get as creative as you want try experimenting with different size cuts and even multiple pop-ups.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Once the glue dried Jackson drew in the back ground with a few trees and clouds. He got real creative and even added a pink castle to the card!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    Then like any good artist, he signed his name. This simple card could easily become a treasure to his grandma or a friend at school. I hope that you enjoyed our little pop-up card. If you really like this you can even make multiple pop-up cards and glue them together to create your very own pop-up book!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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