How to Make Happy Birthday Pop-Up Cards

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How to Make Happy Birthday Pop-Up Cards
Handmade birthday cards come from the heart, and a pop-up surprise can make someone's birthday brighter. (happy birthday image by Michael Kempf from

Handmade birthday cards allow you to say exactly what you want to friends and family. Making cards is simple, but you can go one step further and get fancy with a pop-up design. Pop-up birthday cards look difficult to make, but with a little patience and a lot of creativity, you can make a unique card your birthday friend will cherish.

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Things you need

  • 2 pieces card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Glue stick

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  1. 1

    Create an image to use as your pop-up piece. You can draw an image by hand, cut out a picture from a magazine or print out clip art. Consider using a picture of a piece of birthday cake or a wrapped birthday gift. Consider the size of the card when creating your image, as the pop-up will need to fit neatly inside the card.

  2. 2

    Fold a piece of cardstock paper in half. The best pop-up cards must be lengthwise, as this gives you more room to work with the pop-up inside.

  3. 3

    Turn the card so the fold is facing you and cut two slits one quarter of the length into the card.

  4. 4

    Open the card and pull the fold inward, creating an open square from the slits you made. This is the part of your card that will pop your pop-up out when the card is opened.

  5. 5

    Cut a rectangular strip of card stock about 3 inches long and an inch wide. Fold it accordion style.

  6. 6

    Glue the end of the accordion-folded strip to the pop-out and allow it to dry. Once it dries, glue the cutout you created to pop-out to the other end of the accordion strip.

  7. 7

    Push the pop-out piece gently against the back and fold the card closed. Finish decorating the front with markers or clip art.

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