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How to Make a Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card

If you want to make a homemade Christmas card and save some money, here's a great way to add some fun to it.


  • Step 1: Fold the cardstock Fold one sheet of the cardstock in half, making a crease down the middle.
  • TIP: The size of the cardstock is going to be the size of your card, so you can trim both pieces if you want to make the card smaller.
  • Step 2: Cut two slits Cut two slits, 1½ inches apart, perpendicular to and through the fold. When you open the card, there will be two slits bisected by the fold.
  • Step 3: Push out the section between the slits and fold Push the strip of card between the slits inward, through the inside of the card. The fold in this section will be opposite the original fold. This is the pop-up mechanism.
  • TIP: You can make the pop-up mechanism larger, smaller, or off-center by changing the location of the slits.
  • Step 4: Make a Christmas tree Cut a small Christmas tree shape out of the green paper. This can be done with a simple triangle shape with a stump, or you can get more elaborate and cut out branches.
  • TIP: Use a tree stencil or cut a picture from a magazine.
  • Step 5: Glue the tree to pop-up mechanism Glue the tree to the pop-up mechanism. When you open the card, the tree pops up in the middle of the card.
  • Step 6: Add the back piece Glue the other piece of card stock neatly over the back of the card. This will cover the hole created by the pop-up mechanism and add sturdiness to the card.
  • Step 7: Add your own personal touch Give the card your own personal touch by adding more artwork or writing a message. There are many different ways to make your card unique, so experiment and have fun.
  • FACT: Did you know? Among the first decorated Christmas trees was one in Riga, Latvia, in 1510.

You Will Need

  • Two sheets of card stock
  • Scissors
  • Green paper
  • Glue
  • A tree stencil (optional)
  • Magazines (optional)
  • A pen (optional)

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