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Printable Pop Up Cards

Updated on October 8, 2014

Printable Pop Up Cards to Make

I have found a variety of printable pop up cards from around the internet for you to print and use to make a pop up card with that special surprise hiding inside. Some of these are free and for some, you will pay a small fee. The cards range in difficulty from very easy to quite intricate. Take a look to see which is your favorite.

You might also be interested in checking out some different printable interactive cards which spin, slide, and flip.

You will notice that several of the cards in the animal section are not actually printable. They give instructions for making easy pop up cards which make a good introduction, particularly if you have not made one of these cards before. These are excellent for the kids to make too.

Please note that the majority of the free pop up cards available here are for personal use only. But you will be able to sell cards made with printable templates bought from Craftsuprint (click on the pictures to get to the Craftsuprint website).

Buy the above printable pop up template.

Tips for Making a Pop Up Card which Truly Stands Out

  1. Use photo paper to print out your cards (unless it is a black and white picture). When I first started making printable greeting cards, I would print the pieces out on a matt card. This would ensure that any extra cut out bits would be sturdy and not flimsy (as it would be if I printed on paper). But then I discovered photo paper. This makes the colors really bright and vibrant, making any cards extra special. And if you choose a thick enough photo paper, you can still achieve the firmness of card, which is all important for those pop out elements.
  2. Use a sharp craft knife and metal (or metal-edged) ruler to cut any straight edges. You will be able to get much straighter cuts than if you used scissors.
  3. Use acid free tape or glue to attach your pieces. The recipients may like to keep these very special cards. I know I would!
  4. Be as accurate as possible with your folds to ensure your card does not get distorted.
  5. Feel free to add any special embellishments, such as ribbons, stickers, buttons, etc, to make your card truly one of a kind.

Origamic Architecture

origamic architecture
origamic architecture

© Copyright Bharath Kishore

and licensed for reuse under the CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

Some of the cards featured on this page are origamic architecture style. I discovered these clever pop up cards when I was a teenager. I had a book and proceeded to make many of these cards in miniature. They look very effective just cut out of plain white card. The pop up element relies on careful cutting and intricate folding, rather than fancy pictures and colors. With this sort of card, you need to be very accurate with your cutting and folding, otherwise it can look a little scrappy. Use a craft knife to cut out the fiddly bits and make sure you use a ruler to cut any straight lines.

Pop Up Cards by Theme

Pop Up Flower Card
Pop Up Flower Card


Beautiful Pop Up Flower Cards

Perfect for mother's day

On this page you'll find all kinds of gorgeous floral pop-ups - printable templates and also some video tutorials. There are also some really pretty ready-made cards which you can buy if you are not inclined to make your own.

Animal Pop Up Cards
Animal Pop Up Cards


Fun Animal Pop Up Cards

Here you'll find all kinds of fun animal pop-ups. You'll find birds, butterflies, frogs, and more. There are printable patterns (some easy and some more difficult) and also some video tutorials. I'm also featuring some cards which are available to purchase.

Printable Buildings Pop Up Cards
Printable Buildings Pop Up Cards


Building Pop Up Cards

Here you'll find all kinds of impressive building pop-ups. You'll find houses, castles, churches, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and more. There are printable templates and some video tutorials featuring origamic architecture. You'll also find some great ready-made cards which you can buy.



Food Pop Up Cards

Chocolate, cupcakes, or a cup of tea anyone? Delicious cards for anyone who likes food.

pop up vehicle cards
pop up vehicle cards

Transport and Vehicles

Vehicle Pop Up Cards

On this page you'll find all different sorts of vehicle pop-ups (cars, boats, bikes, planes, and more) - There are printable templates available and also some video tutorials. There are also some vehicle popup cards you can buy if you don't want to make your own.

Pop Up Cards by Occasion

Valentine's Day (or Wedding)

St Patrick's Day


Mother's Day

Father's Day



New Baby

Valentine's Day, Wedding or Engagement

3 cute valentine's day cards . The pink buttons to the right of the pictures are the templates and the instructions.

Be my valentine

Heart box

Heart - this printable will print in black and white. You could color the elements after printing or print on colored or patterned card.

Be my Valentine

Pop up heart card videos

St Patrick's Day

Leprechaun house

Pot of gold under the rainbow


Printable Easter pop up cards
Printable Easter pop up cards


Great Pop Up Easter Cards

On this page you'll find all kinds of delightful Easter pop-ups featuring rabbits, chicks, eggs, flowers, and of course Jesus' cross. You'll find printable templates and some video tutorials, a couple of which are suitable for children to make. There are also some great ready-made cards for those not wanting to create their own.

Mother's Day

A homemade card would delight many mums (that's Aussie for "moms"), so one of these pop up cards would be extra special.

Scroll down a little for a pop up floral Mother's day card in 2 sizes. The download button for the printable template is after the instructions

Cute Ni Hao, Kai-lan Mother's Day Pop-Up Printable

3D flowerpot

Yellow rose

Disney stepmother - thank you for not being like her at all!

Father's Day

Don't let dad miss out on an out-of-the-ordinary card. My father-in-law keeps our homemade cards on display for years!

Father's tool bench - this one takes a while to load, be patient

Mr Incredible

Dora the Explorer

I love you this much

You're number 1

Links checked Nov 2011


Pop Up Christmas Cards

Make your family and friends' Christmas memorable with these great festive styles.

As well as printable versions, you'll find cards you can make simply by cutting and pasting different colored papers. Give one of these a try this Christmas season.

More Christmas Card Ideas

Printable Christmas Cards

On this page there are links to dozens of printable Christmas cards, ranging from religious scenes to Christmas trees, to Christmas animals, to snowmen and all kinds of other Christmas themes.

Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

On this page you'll get lots of different ideas for making your own handmade Christmas cards this year - not just using your printer, but lots of other creative techniques too.

Printable Birthday Pop Up Cards
Printable Birthday Pop Up Cards


Fun Pop Up Cards for Birthdays

Here is a fun assortment of pop up birthday cards suitable for kids, ladies, and men. You can choose to make your own using printable templates / patterns or follow along with some youtube videos. You will also find several amazing ready-made versions available for purchase.

More Printable Birthday Cards

Homemade Birthday Cards

Dozens of printable birthday cards for you to get creative with. Most of the cards featured on this page are made with 3D decoupage (paper tole) techniques which simply require cutting out the pictures and then layering them on top of each other to give a three dimensional look.

Have you tried these different interactive cards?

Printable Interactive Cards

These very special printable interactive cards have movable parts - parts that slide, spin, flip, pop up, and more. Have a go at making some of these today.

I'm glad you popped by. - Feel free to add any comments or suggestions =D

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      5 years ago

      nice lens

    • Joanne Reid profile image

      Joanne Reid 

      5 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I have very little artistic ability but I think this is something I can actually do and have fun with. I have never been a card-sending person because I could never find the right card. I think this is about to change. Thank you for this lens.

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      Joy Neasley 

      5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great Christmas card ideas.

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      5 years ago

      Love the pop up roses

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      5 years ago

      omg i love them! *i cry a river of love*

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      6 years ago

      These pop-ups are so beautiful.

    • kavalonthatsme profile image


      6 years ago

      Can not wait to try!

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      stephen downing 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens

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      6 years ago


      i just made my own home made popup card. Wanna make more

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      6 years ago

      These popup cards are amazine. Absolutely love them and I think the kids will love them too. So much fun.

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      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      This is the best! I'll be making a flower pop up card asap. Thank you for the information - this is great.

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      6 years ago

      I love the cards and YouTube videos!

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      school cards 

      6 years ago

      I just love pop-up cards. We print personalised cards and I would love to be able to manufacture some pop-ups but they are so expensive to make in small quantities. Shame, because I reckon they might be popular if it werent for the fact that they would need to be hideously expensive!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, well done!

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      7 years ago

      i want to learn more how to make pop up cards

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      7 years ago

      Those cupcake cards are making me hungry! There's also some good free Father's Day Printables at

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      7 years ago

      wow......super cool site dude...........luv it!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Great. I like popup cards.

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      7 years ago

      What a beautiful collection of popup cards. Well done:)

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      7 years ago

      thnk for alll thiis helpppppp love u

    • top101 profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the Food Pop Up Cards. The cupcakes one looks cute.

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      7 years ago

      What a beautiful and rich collection! Well done!

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      7 years ago

      Love the cards and the lens.

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea that is possible to make such a great pop up at home.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Interesting lens - many of the cards are definitely worth purchasing, I also would be interested in more information on making a popup card.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      So cute... Great for a rainy day, thanks!

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      This is the biggest collection of wonderful pop up cards I've ever found. Love it!

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      7 years ago

      Great variety of pop up cards, I would love to try some,, thanks for all the info, *Blessed

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      7 years ago

      Cool pop up cards! My eldest made one once...will forward this informative lens to him...thanks!

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      7 years ago

      These are fantastic! I can't wait to try some of these for the holidays... Congratulations for being featured on the Monsterboard!

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      7 years ago from Western Mass

      these are so neat. we're totally making some this weekend. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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      8 years ago

      Fun lens, nice cards and ideas.

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      8 years ago

      Interesting lens on paper engineering! Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      i once made a pop up card for a friend and it was great fun! thank you for this lovely lens! cheers

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      I love to give and receive pop-up cards. There are several kitty ones on my desk right now! I've never tried making them, but it's a great idea.

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Nifty! I love pop-up cards! I wish I had an automatic cutter so I could make more of these cool engineered cards faster ... they're so much fun to give or to receive.

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      8 years ago

      I love pop up cards, great lens :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I wish I'd found this page two weeks ago when I make valentines for my family. Great selection and wouldn't they be surprised to get such fancy looking cards from me. Next year....


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