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A handmade pop-up card is a great way to enhance a gift and only requires a little bit of craftiness. This video will teach you the steps for making a pop-up card.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Pop Up Card

In this video, you will learn how to make a pop-up card.

Pop-Up Card Materials

To begin, you'll need:

  • Card stock paper
  • Markers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Safety scissors, if you plan on having children work with you while cutting

Bottom to Top Pop-Up Card

The first style of pop-up card is the best to make with small children. It will open from bottom to top, much like a calendar. 

First, cut two sheets of card stock into identical rectangles. One rectangle will serve as the inside of the card; the other will serve as the card's outer layer. 

Next, fold both rectangles in half. Taking just the inner sheet, make one cut into the folded edge of the card. Then, make another cut, identical in length, an inch or two apart from the first cut. Then pull out the flap created by the cuts. 

Make an opposite crease in the fold of the flap. To check if you've creased it in the correct way, see if a shape resembling a cube will pop-up from the card when it is opened.

This will be the platform on which you may add anything you'd like to pop-up when the card is opened. 

When you've completed all of your pop-up platforms, glue the other rectangle that serves as the card's outer layer to the outside of the inner layer. Allow the card to completely dry before proceeding.

Create Images for Inside of Pop-Up Card

Using paper and markers, create images or text which will leap from the page! Once made, cut them out.

Glue the image onto the bottom side of the flap created by the two cuts you've made. Make sure the glue dries fully before you test it. When the card is opened, the object you've glued onto the bottom flap will pop-up from the page. 

Next, with a marker, add your message in the card. 

For a fun touch, attach appliqués that are slightly three-dimensional to the front of the card. This will hint at what is to come when the card is opened.

Making a Paper Spring Pop-Up Card

Another style of pop-up card to try is the 'paper spring' design.

First, decide what pictures or shapes you'd like to have pop-up when the card is opened. Create the pictures with paper and markers, and cut them out. 

Next, cut out thin rectangles of paper and fold them into springs. Glue the ends of each spring to the card. Then, glue paper shapes to the face of each spring.

When fully dry, carefully fold the card. Try it out a couple of times to make sure all of the pop-up springs are in working order.

When the it is ready to be delivered, create a closing latch with string and paper, to keep the card from opening on its own.

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