How To Make An Easy Pop Up Christmas Card
These are really easy to make Christmas cards, that will wow the people you give them too. They have a clever 3d effect that really makes the Christmas trees pop out of the cards.
These don't have to just be for Christmas cards and Christmas trees. So why not find another design and make these pop out cards for any occasion you like.
Things We Need For A Pop Up Christmas Card
- Plain card stock
- Rubber or eraser
Let's Make A Template For Our 3d Pop Up Christmas Card
First we need to fold our card into a greetings card shape. So fold your card over and press the crease flat. Now we need a template of half a Christmas tree. We only need half the tree because we can cut through the two layers and the other half will be mirrored onto the other side.
So copy the template above. Resize the template to fit inside your greetings card and then print it out. Or you can just hand draw the half tree on some paper. It's not that hard. Cut out the paper template.
Now we need to draw around our template onto the greetings card. Line up the long side of the tree with the fold of the greetings card and trace around it with a pencil.
Don't Cut All The Way Around The Tree
Now we need to be careful cutting the tree shape out, because there is a trick. Using scissors, start at the top of the tree and start cutting the tree shape out. Cut through both layers of card.
Now keep cutting but DON'T cut the bottom, at the widest part of the tree. See the dotted part on the template above. We need to leave this little piece still attached to the card. Or else we are just cutting the whole tree shape out.
So just above the tree bucket, we leave that small piece, at the end, still attached. Cut all around the rest of the tree. See the first picture to get an idea of which piece we want to leave attached.
If it is hard to cut the tree, ask an adult to use a craft knife.
Make Our Pop Up Christmas Card Pop Out
Now carefully open the card. Now use your fingers behind the tree shape to carefully push the tree part forward as you gently try and close the card again.
On the tree the centre fold starts one way, we want it to go the other way. Once the tree is popping forward when we open the card, close it and press the whole card flat.
Finish Making Our Pop Up Christmas Card
Now you can see how simple it is to make a pop up Christmas card, you can adapt the idea for any sort of pop up cards. Finally we can open the card again and use our small paintbrush to decorate the tree and the greetings card space around the tree.
Add little present details and glitter or garlands or anything you like.
Now you have the template, and you know how these pop up Christmas cards are made, it is easy to make many cards at once.