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How To Make Creative Pop Up Cards - 5 Step Photo Guide

Updated on January 28, 2012

Personalize your cards by sending homemade pop up cards for birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas, or any other special occasion.

They're fun and easy to make, and your friends/family will love them. Here's how to make some great homemade pop up cards.


First, you will need to gather some supplies. Some items you will need are as follows:

  1. Construction paper
  2. scissors
  3. glue (glue stick, glue dots, etc.)

Some other items you can use, depending on what your preferences might be:

  1. Ribbon
  2. Glitter
  3. Buttons
  4. Stickers
  5. String
  6. Markers
  7. ...or any other crafty sort of supply you think you might want

Step 1

Grab your scissors to begin cutting out your card to the size you want, keeping in mind that you will be folding it in half.

I typically keep my cards to around 4" x 6" or so. So, choose the size of your card, cut, and then fold in half.

Step 2

Once you have cut out your card, you can get fancy with it. Choose what kind of paper you want on the inside of the card. You can even choose different kinds of paper for the background and foreground of your card if you are doing any kind of scenery.

Glue the background paper to one half side of your cardstock. Then, choose the paper you want to use for the foreground of your card, and glue that to the other half side of your card stock. If you aren't using two different kinds of paper, then make sure your one piece of paper for the inside covers the area you want (don't the inside paper bigger than the outside).

Step 3

Make sure the paper has dried fairly well to the outside of the card (that's why using a glue stick or glue dots are great).

Now, fold the card in half, so that the colored paper you just glued is on the inside. With the piece of card folded in half, make 2 equal cuts about 2" or so into the card along the fold, about 1" wide. Open the card, and fold that new tab in towards the center of the card, so that when the card stock is folded in half again, it looks like the section you just cut is missing.

This little tab will be what you glue your pop-out figures to.

Step 4

Now, choose what you want popping out of your card. Keep in mind that the image cannot be larger than half of the card, because you will want the card to close without part of the pop out figure hanging out of the card.

Once you have chosen your figure, cut it out, and glue the figure to the forward-facing section of the tab you made in the previous step.

Typically, a 4" x 6" card has room for about 2 pop out figures, so if you wanted a second figure, just cut out another little tab.

Step 5

Now that the inside of your card is finished, you can decorate the outside however you like.

If there is room for a message on the inside, use that space. If the inside of the card is all used up, I reserve the backside of the card for the message.

And that's it!

Some ideas to get your creative juices flowing...

 It is fun to use pictures of you and your friends or family as the pop out figures for your cards.

You can use pictures of scenery for your background and foreground.

You can draw, color, or write on the inside of the card.


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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      People used to make all their greeting cards long ago. It is a nice tradition to get back to!

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      white rose 4 years ago

      I made one too! file:///C:/Users/helpdessk/Pictures/Camera%20Roll/picture030.jpg

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      Vanessa 6 years ago

      brilliant idea!!

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      very informative article good information, nice project. Thanks.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      This would be a cute project for kids to make for Mother's Day or Easter!