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How to Make a Pop-Up Card

Need a way to keep the kids busy on a rainy day? Making a pop-up card is quick, easy, and will entertain them for hours!


  • Step 1: Fold two pieces of paper Fold two pieces of paper in half and set one aside for later use. With a pencil, make a light dot in the center of the folded edge.
  • Step 2: Draw a line and cut Use the ruler to measure a 2-inch line from the dot toward the unfolded edge. Draw another dot to mark the end of the 2-inch line. Use the scissors to cut from dot to dot, starting at the folded edge.
  • Step 3: Fold the two new flaps Fold the flaps on either side of the cut so that each one forms a triangle. Press firmly to create a deep crease. Unfold the flaps, and then unfold the entire piece of paper.
  • Step 4: Turn the paper over Turn the construction paper over so the paper stands up like a tent. Put your finger on top of the tent and push the triangles down. Turn the paper over again. When you open and close it, the pop-up hole will look like a mouth.
  • Step 5: Draw the character Draw the main character for your card around the hole, using it as a mouth. Use colored pencils and markers to bring the picture to life. Write a note to the person who'll be receiving the card.
  • Step 6: Make a cover Open the second sheet of paper and set it down horizontally. Place a line of glue down the inside crease. Glue the pop-up page's outer crease to the plain page's inner crease. Wait for the glue to dry.
  • Step 7: Design the cover Design the front of the card and share it with someone special!
  • FACT: Pop-up books were used in the 13th century by a Catalan mystic and poet to prove his theories.

You Will Need

  • Imagination
  • Colored construction paper
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Safety scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue

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