How to Make a Pop Up Book With Buildings

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How to Make a Pop Up Book With Buildings
Use colourful construction paper and card stock to make pop-up books. (paper image by AGphotographer from

Craft a homemade book with pop-up buildings to illustrate your own story or create a three-dimensional picture book for children. The impressive appearance of a well decorated pop-up book often makes the technique appear more difficult than it really is, but even a novice crafter can create these items. Using a simple shape--such as a square or rectangular building--for the object of the pop-up eliminates the problems associated with trying to fold large or elaborate pop-ups back into the book.

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils
  • Craft glue

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  1. 1

    Stack several sheets of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch card stock together. The card stock will form the pages of your pop-up book.

  2. 2

    Fold the stack of card stock sheets in half to form an 8 1/2-inch by 5 1/2-inch rectangle with the fold at the top of the book. Secure the book with a few staples approximately 1/4 inch from the folded edge.

  3. 3

    Fold an 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheet of construction paper in half so that it is the same size as your folded card stock.

  4. 4

    Cut two parallel lines into the folded edge of the construction paper with scissors. The lines should be approximately 1 to 3 inches long and 2 to 4 inches apart.

  5. 5

    Fold and unfold the paper between the two cuts to form a crease that connects the top of the cuts.

  6. 6

    Unfold the piece of construction paper and push the centre of the paper up gently to form a small pop-up between the parallel cuts. This small pop-up will form the base for your buildings.

  7. 7

    Decorate the piece of construction paper with coloured pencils or crayons to create the background for your building.

  8. 8

    Glue the construction paper to one of your card stock pages so that the small pop-up is centred in the middle of the page. You will need to trim the edges of the paper so that it fits perfectly onto the card stock page.

  9. 9

    Cut building shapes from pieces of card stock. The buildings must measure less than 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall in order to fit inside the book.

  10. 10

    Lay the book open and flat in front of you. Glue the base of the building to the front of the small pop-up in the centre of the construction paper. Leave the book open until the glue has dried.

  11. 11

    Repeat the process from steps 3 through 10 to add more pages and pop-up buildings to your pop-up book.

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