How to Make a 3D Pop-Up Card

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How to Make a 3D Pop-Up Card
You can make pop-up cards for special occasions. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A homemade 3D pop-up card makes a big statement on birthdays and holidays. Almost any theme can be tackled by using the same pop-up card-making technique. By using magazines as a resource for pictures, you can create cards with different themes for any occasion. The 3D cards are inexpensive and uncomplicated to put together.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 sheets of card stock
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Magazine pictures
  • White glue
  • Coloured pencils
  • Glitter

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  1. 1

    Cut one sheet of card stock in half. Fold the card stock in half, and crease along the fold. Cut along the crease. Fold each half in half lengthwise to make two card sections.

  2. 2

    Make a mark on the folded edge of one card section 2 inches from the bottom with a pencil. Mark the same edge 2 inches from the top of the card with the pencil. Make marks on the edge 1/2 inch below the previous marks with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Cut through the fold at the marks, making 1/2-inch slits perpendicular to the fold. Unfold the card. Push the tab made by the cuts in to the centre of the card.

  4. 4

    Cut out pictures of flowers, animals or anything else desired from magazines. Glue the pictures on another piece of card stock, using the white glue. Let the glue dry.

  5. 5

    Cut out the glued images from the card stock. Glue each image on one half of the tab made in Step 3. The images will pop up when the card is opened.

  6. 6

    Glue the second folded half sheet of card stock onto the back of the pop-up card. Let the glue dry. Decorate the front of the card with coloured pencil greetings, glitter or magazine images.

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