How to make pull tabs for pop-up books

Written by jody wilber | 13/05/2017
How to make pull tabs for pop-up books
Pop-up books with pull tabs add excitement to reading. (child reading image by Ryan Shapiro from

Pull tabs provide children with an extra bit of glee when they're reading a pop-up book. They enjoy pulling the paper to find out what is underneath. These types of books sometimes cost more than other children's books, but you save money by making your own ring pull books. Write down your favourite story and add a few pull tabs for your children to discover. Better yet, help your child make his own pull tabs.

Cut a 13.8 x 13.8 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch) piece of card stock. You may use a different size, but take note of it, as you need to measure how long the pull tab can be.

Cut a 7.5 x 7.5 cm (3 x 3 inch) piece of card stock. This could also be a different size, but it needs to be smaller than the piece of card stock you cut in step 1.

Determine the shape and size of your pull tab. You could choose to use a standard rectangle or cut it into a shape of your choosing. Make sure that the left part of the pull tab is not wider than 7.5 cm (3 inches), as it has to fit inside the smaller piece of paper. Also ensure that the right side of your shape is long enough to stick out of the book -- longer than 7.5 cm (3 inches).

Draw and colour a picture on the pull tab.

Place the pull tab on top of the smaller piece of paper. Lightly line the edge of the smaller piece of paper with glue. Do not glue down the pull tab or get glue on it.

Lay the larger piece of paper on top of the smaller one, lining up the edges and gluing the two sheets together. The pull tab should be visible and you should be able to move the tab in and out of the pages.

Things you need

  • Card stock or paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers, pens and crayons

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