Instructions for Making Pop-Up Cards

Updated November 21, 2016

Card making is a rewarding hobby, especially when the recipient of the card is enthusiastic and happy about receiving the card. To ensure that your greeting cards are always met with a warm response, change from the boring open-and-shut card format to the pop-up card format. Pop-up cards are easy to make, they can be tailored to suit any occasion, and they always contain that element of surprise when the pop-up actually pops up, surprising the recipient and sparking exclamations of "Wow!" and "That is amazing!" all around the room.

Fold your card stock in half to make your card.

Cut out long rectangular shapes from a second piece of card stock to make your pop-up stands.

Fold your pop-up stands in half across the length. Fold down a small tab you will use for gluing to the card. This tab should fold into the folded section so that you cannot see it once it is glued down.

With the back of your card on the working surface, open the front of the card to about 90 degrees. Glue your stands in place with one folded tab glued on the inside of the back of the card, the other tab glued on the inside of the front. Your stand should look like a miniature table sitting in the card. Glue your other stands in the areas where you want them.

Cut out the items you want to pop up from additional card stock you have available. Perhaps you have drawn a bouquet of roses, or you have scrapbooking add-ons that you plan to use in your card. You can draw the Eiffel Tower and cut it out. Cut out heart shapes from red card stock. Whatever you want to pop up, just make it and cut it out.

Glue the pop-up item to the front of the stand. Glue pop-up item close to the base of the stand with the item itself hiding the stand. Close the card and check that you have the pop-up effect you want with the first item. Add your other pop-up items.

Add design elements with your markers and write any words you wish to add to your card. Write your sentiments and sign your card.

Draw and cut out your envelope, insert card into envelope and you are ready to present your card.


Once you are familiar with the principles of making pop-up cards, you can make many additions to the basic elements. Different cuts in different directions in the card itself can make much more complex card projects.


Allow glued areas to dry thoroughly before closing the card. Any sticky residue of glue left exposed to the paper sides of the pop-ups can cause the card to glue itself shut. Opening the card after it is glued shut can ruin your beautiful pop-ups.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
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