Nothing says Christmas quite like the personal touch, and making Christmas cards can be a great way to spend a wintery afternoon. Pop-up cards are old favourites, and are surprisingly easy to make. A pop-up Christmas nativity makes for an excellent gift for adults and grown-ups alike, and looks striking on any mantelpiece.
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Things you need
- Two pieces of blank card
- Coloured pencils
Fold both pieces of card in half width-wise. Press along the fold to get a neat edge. One piece of card will become the outside of your pop-up card, and the other piece will become the inside.
Draw the stable background on the inside top half of one of the card pieces. A stable usually has some bales of hay and one or two animals. Adding a window showing a moonlit sky can bring a bit of extra atmosphere.
Make the pop-up tabs. Close the card, shutting the drawing inside. Your aim is to create two tabs, one towards the left and one towards the right, which will support the picture inside. Starting at the fold, carefully cut two parallel lines 1 inch long and 1 inch apart. These will form one pop-up tab. Repeat the process for the second tab.
Push the tabs inside the card. The best way to do this is to open the card and then gently push the tabs inwards. Close the card again and press firmly to ensure that the folds are tight.
Draw your nativity scene on a separate piece of card. As cards are fairly small, it is a good idea to just have Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Shepherds and wise men can quickly make for a cluttered card. Use glitter to add a bit of Christmas sparkle.
Glue the nativity scene to the pop-up tabs. Open the card and apply a small amount of glue to each tab, and carefully press the image to the tabs. Leave it to dry.
Glue the second piece of card to the pop-up card. The purpose of the outside piece of card is to hide the holes made by the tabs. Apply some dabs of glue to the outside of your pop-up card, and press the second piece of card over it. Decorate the card with nativity themed pictures such as shepherds, stars, and wise men.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't feel comfortable drawing the pictures yourself, you can print out nativity scenes from the internet. Old Christmas cards can also be cut up and used.
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