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How to Make a Pop Up Birthday Card - 6 Steps with Photos

Updated on October 6, 2015

DAY 21, HUB #21

Pop up Birthday Card - Front
Pop up Birthday Card - Front | Source
The inside view-pop u birthday candles
The inside view-pop u birthday candles | Source

These days, store bought Birthday cards are popular and convenient but they are expensive and the printed birthday quotes may not match the feelings you want to express.

Therefore, making your personalized handmade birthday cards, especially pop up birthday cards allow you to create the designs that fits the recipient’s personality, write down or print out the birthday quotes that suits the recipient’s personality and mix match the background colors anyway you like.


Simple Steps to Make a Pop Up Birthday Card

Lately, I have stumbled upon many blogger making their own birthday cards and it seems to me that this birthday card project is not difficult at all.

In this article, I had just made a pop up birthday card for my daughter’s birthday.

Here are the Summary of the Steps

To make a pop up Birthday card, you need to make a small indent inside the card, cut out some color papers to make candles and paste them inside.

A big candle represents 10 years while a small candle represents 1 year. For example, if the birthday person is 17 years old, cut out 1 big candle and 7 small candles, as simple as that.

For the front cover, you can choose 4 different pictures; such as birthday gifts, birthday cakes, teddy bears or candies and make a stub at the back of each pictures.

A piece of ribbon makes the card appears to be a birthday present. Stick a small “Happy Birthday” at the right hand side corner to signify the purpose of this card.

Open up and POP! comes the birthday candles

From the outlook of the front card, the recipient would not realize this is a pop up birthday card. When she opens up the card, she will be surprise to see the pop up candles when which resembles birthday candles on the cake, waiting for her to blow them out (that is if she doesn’t have a birthday cake!)

Anyway, she will be please to know you haven’t forgotten her age yet. Some girls may not like others know her actual age. Hence, you might as well paste one big candle and lots of presents instead!

Make the Birthday Card Now!

If you want to make a quick and easy pop-up birthday card, do consider this special birthday card. This card is suitable for teenage girls, niece, daughter, girlfriend and female colleagues.

Here are the step-by-step tutorial and photos which I had taken for easy to follow guides.

Photos Guide

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white card, color construction paper and gift wrapperwhite glue, double-sided tape, pencil, scissors, penknife and ruler
white card, color construction paper and gift wrapper
white card, color construction paper and gift wrapper | Source
white glue, double-sided tape, pencil, scissors, penknife and ruler
white glue, double-sided tape, pencil, scissors, penknife and ruler

Things You Need To Prepare:

A piece of white card

Gift wrapper

Some colorful construction papers

A pair of scissors

A bottle of white glue

Strings of ribbon

Double-sided tape or sellotape

Markers

A pencil

A ruler

How to Make a Pop Up Birthday card

Start with the white card. You can choose to use heavyweight or matte paper that weighs approximately 120g or more.

It has to be thicker than the construction paper so that the main card will not be too flimsy to handle.

Step 1

Here is how the Pop Up flap looks
Here is how the Pop Up flap looks | Source

Photos Guide

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Fold an indent 1 inch widthFold down the front age to the leftFlip over the back to infrontPress down the pageApply glue to stick flaps together
Fold an indent 1 inch width
Fold an indent 1 inch width | Source
Fold down the front age to the left
Fold down the front age to the left
Flip over the back to infront
Flip over the back to infront
Press down the page
Press down the page
Apply glue to stick flaps together
Apply glue to stick flaps together

How to Fold The Pop Up Card

Measure the white card 6.5” x 11.5” ( height x width ) and cut it out.

Fold it in half.

At the folded crease, fold an indent 1 inch wide as shown in the photo.

Push down the front page to your left hand side so that it will resemble an opened book.

Flip over the back of the card to the front as shown in the photo.

Fold down the right hand side page down, resemble a closed book.

As you can see at the crease side, there is an indent flap pushed inwards the card.

Apply sufficient white glue onto the flap. Push down the top page so that the flap is glue tightly.

Open up the card. Now you can see a pop up flap inside the card.

Step 2

The front view of the card
The front view of the card | Source

Photos Guide

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Paste the blue paper over the white cardPaste the yellow strip on top the blue paper
Paste the blue paper over the white card
Paste the blue paper over the white card | Source
Paste the yellow strip on top the blue paper
Paste the yellow strip on top the blue paper

How to design the front card

Now, choose your favorite color paper. I chose blue paper.

Cut out the size of the blue paper slightly smaller than the front white card.

Apply some glue at the back of the blue paper and paste it on the front card.

Choose another piece of color paper that contrast with the background color.

I chose yellow because it is bright and appear cheerful.

Measure the height at 2 inch and the width would be slightly shorter than the blue paper.

Cut it out.

Apply some glue at the back of the yellow paper and paste it in the middle of the blue paper.

Step 3

cut out different pictures
cut out different pictures | Source

Photos Guide

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paste onto the white cardCut out the picturesfold the rectangle card twice to form a small stubglue the stubpaste at the back of each picturepaste "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" message at the right hand side bottom cornerpaste the picture with creativity
paste onto the white card
paste onto the white card | Source
Cut out the pictures
Cut out the pictures
fold the rectangle card twice to form a small stub
fold the rectangle card twice to form a small stub
glue the stub
glue the stub
paste at the back of each picture
paste at the back of each picture
paste "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" message at the right hand side bottom corner
paste "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" message at the right hand side bottom corner
paste the picture with creativity
paste the picture with creativity

How to make the stubs for the pictures


Cut out 4 different pictures from the gift wrapper. I had cut out 2 birthday cakes and 2 birthday gifts with different colors.

Cut out a “Happy Birthday” message from the gift wrapper or you can type the message in Wordpad, select a suitable font, print and cut them out .

With the left over white card, paste each of the 4 pictures and the birthday message onto it.

Cut them out, following the shape of the pictures as shown in photo.

Cut out 4 thin rectangles approximately 1 cm wide x 6 cm length.

Fold each rectangle into a quarter and another 2 times until it forms a small stub.

Apply a little glue at the last flap and stick it tightly.

If the stub keeps coming off, use a small piece of sellotape to bound the stub together.

Apply a small piece of double-sided tape on both sides of the stub.

Stick each stub behind each picture.

Apply some glue behind the birthday message.

Paste it at the right hand side corner, at the bottom edge of the front card.

Then, stick all the 4 pictures with stub on top of the yellow paper.

You can paste straight line or joyful depending on your creativity.

Step 4

Ribbons and bow with cute pictures
Ribbons and bow with cute pictures | Source

Photos Guide

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Tie a pretty bow and prepare a string of ribbonPaste the ribbon just below the yellow paper
Tie a pretty bow and prepare a string of ribbon
Tie a pretty bow and prepare a string of ribbon | Source
Paste the ribbon just below the yellow paper
Paste the ribbon just below the yellow paper

How to paste the ribbon and bow


Cut out a string of ribbon approximately the length of the card.

Apply glue or double-sided tape behind the ribbon.

Paste it slightly below the yellow paper.

Cut out a short string of ribbon and tie a pretty bow.

Paste a small piece of double-sided tape at the back of the bow.

Paste it at the center of the straight ribbon.

Step 5

cut out the long and short rectangles for the candles
cut out the long and short rectangles for the candles | Source

Photos Guide

Fold the rectangle paper into halves and draw the flames. Cut them out.
Fold the rectangle paper into halves and draw the flames. Cut them out. | Source
Not bad, isn't it?
Not bad, isn't it?

How to make the candles


The number of candles depends on the age of the birthday girl.

Since my daughter is 17 years old, I need 1 big candle and 4 small candles.

Cut out 7 short rectangles with different color papers.

Then, cut 1 piece of tall rectangle ( Double the height of short rectangle ) with another outstanding color paper.

To make the flames, cut out 2 or 3 straight rectangles.

Fold them into half and another half.

Use a marker to draw the shape of a teardrop.

Adjust the size of the flame to accommodate the size of candle.

Too small flames will look funny on them.

Cut the shape of the flames out.

Now you will have 8 pieces of flames.

Paste each flame at the tip of each candle.

Step 6

birthday candles flickering
birthday candles flickering | Source

How to paste the candles inside the birthday card


First, apply a little glue at the back of the big candle, near the bottom stand.

The glue should be sufficient to paste the flaps.

Then, look for the center location of the pop up flap.

Paste the big candle onto the front of the pop up flap, as if it is standing on the base of the birthday card.

Apply some glue for the rest of the short candles, just the bottom stand.

Paste 4 short candles of the left hand side and another 3 on the right hand side.

Paste the candles with different colors randomly, as shown in photo.

Leave the candles to dry.

Now try to close and open up the birthday card.

Make sure that the candles pop up nicely when the card is open.

Your pop up birthday card is done.

© 2012 peachy

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      You've given clear instructions on how to make a Pop Up Birthday Card so that it's easy to follow yet gives very attractive result. Thank you for sharing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @agusfanani

      Thanks for dropping. Glad that the instructions are clear and precise. Hope that u could make a lovely card too.

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      Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Children would love being taught to do this to. I'd bet they would come up with some very cool stuff. Well done. It never occurred to me that a person would even want tot make a pop-up card. I love pop-up books and whenever I'm in a book store find myself searching out the books and playing around with them. RJ

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for yr kind comments, Sir.

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      I love new ideas for cards, because I love making them. Thank you for an amazing idea. I am going to try this one for sure. I almost never buy cards anymore. I have too many home made ones. Can't wait to try this. Voted up.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for yr kind comments. I am sure you r gonna love pop up cards

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a very nice card tutorial for kids.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sweetie

      I am sure your kids will enjoy this craft. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Janice S 4 years ago

      LOVE the step-by-step instructions with photos. What a fun craft for kids!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @janices

      thank you for yr kind comments.

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      WiredForSense 2 years ago

      I love craft projects like this. Thanks for posting a fun activity for children

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wiredforsense,

      Thanks, i love making crafts, i also made a train

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      What a nice tutorial. I might try this craft project with my grandkids when they come to visit. This would be fun!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i am sure your grandkids will enjoy this birthday card

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello peachy. Thank you for this easy tutorial on making a pop-up card.

      Congratulations too on getting a well-deserved Editor's Choice.

      Cat:)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, I was happy get this hub being selected as EC.Too bad, I only have 3 EC hubs over 120 hubs

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Not bad. I still don't have any.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, I am sure you will get one handmade card soon

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      Sandeep Gill 23 months ago

      Hy Peachpurple! Thank You so much for this informative tutorial. Now pop-up card making is really easy to me.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks sandeep

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      Graham Lee 16 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi peachpurple. This a tip top hub. I have passed it to the younger members in the family. I will see how they get on!

      Graham.

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      peachy 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      http://hubpages.com/@oldalbion, thanks pal, i am sure they will finf this craft easy to follow

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