How to make a pop-up pyramid

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How to make a pop-up pyramid
A craft knife creates neat and tiny cuts in the card used to create the pyramid. (careful! image by Josef F Stuefer from

A pop-up pyramid can be created using a few craft store items. It is made by slicing shapes and lines onto card with a craft knife which, when pulled out, will create a special three-dimensional pop-up pyramid. Pop-up pyramids may be used to decorate homemade greeting cards and add a three-dimensional appearance to art projects.

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Things you need

  • Craft knife
  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Rubber

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  1. 1

    Place the card onto the cutting board. Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark a 2.5 by 2.5 cm (1 inch by 1 inch) square in the centre of the card. Erase a 0.5 cm (13/64 inch) section in the middle of the left-hand edge of the square. Repeat on the opposite side of the square.

    How to make a pop-up pyramid
    A small pencil eraser is most suitable for this project. (pencil eraser image by Richard Seeney from
  2. 2

    Draw two vertical lines 2.5 cm (1 inch) in length, 2 cm (25/32 inch) away from the edges of the square you just erased the middle section.

    How to make a pop-up pyramid
    Carefully measure each section with the ruler. (ruler image by Oleg Kapustin from
  3. 3

    Measure 2 cm (25/32 inch) away from the line drawn in Step 2 and 2 cm (25/32 inch) above the original square drawn in Step 1. Draw a rectangle around these marks. Erase a 1 cm (25/64 inch) gap in the middle of the outer edges (as in Step 1). Repeat the process of drawing a line and a rectangle, with two 1 cm (25/64 inch) erased sides, until you have about eight to 10 layers.

  4. 4

    Carefully cut out the pyramid. Use the craft knife to slice all of the marked pencil lines. Be careful not to cut out the erased areas.

  5. 5

    Gently pull the central square toward you to reveal a 3-D pop-up pyramid. If desired, glue the outside edges of the pop-up pyramid into a greeting card.

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