How to Make a Shark Pop-Up Card

Updated April 17, 2017

It may look like a standard greeting card on the outside, but opening the card reveals something else. Surprising your recipient with a pop-up makes all the difference. It turns a plain message into an gift all its own. An animal theme draws attention and excitement and has mass appeal. What better animal to use in your pop-up than the animal whose nature is to surprise: the shark.

Position one piece of paper to landscape orientation. Fold the paper in half from left to right.

Cut a zigzag in the middle of the crease with your scissors. Snip four 45-degree diagonal lines, each 1/2 inch long, at alternating angles.

Fold each of the flaps diagonally to one side of your paper, making a 45-degree angle with the zigzags pointing away from the fold. Make the angle well-creased. Unfold the flaps so the paper returns back to its original position.

Apply three fingers on one hand to hold your card open slightly. Use your index finger to hold the inside of your crease and your thumb and middle finger hold the outside of your card.

Push with the index finger on your opposite hand to pop one of the triangles in from the back of your card and pinch the edges together above the card. Push down on the folds to crease them well.

Push in the other triangle in the same way. You should see a "V" shape within the card.

Apply glue on the entire outside edge of the outside of your pop-up card. Do not apply glue near the folded area or else the "mouth" will not open.

Fold the second piece of paper in half. Press and hold the paper onto the outside of the pop-up card for 10 seconds so that the papers stick together. Let the glue dry.

Open up the card to reveal a pop-up mouth. Draw a shark shape around the mouth in pencil. Finish decorating your card by colouring the shark with crayons or markers.


Construction paper works best for this project. Choose blue as the outer colour of your card to represent the colour of the ocean. Make variations of mouths by cutting different types of lines -- straight or wavy instead of zigzag, for example.


Be cautious when using scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of heavy paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
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Raymond Tong has been a writer since 2009. His latest research project, titled "It's not all about money!," is awaiting approval for publication. He brings industry experience in marketing and finance as well as experience in sports. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the University of Toronto.