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DIY Pop Up Cards

Today’s column is by Oh Happy Day contributor Michaela of Bliss!

I’ve been seeing a lot of pop-up cards around the web lately, all using very intricate, sometimes complicated folding and glueing techniques. Since I’m really more of the simple-diy-lover, I’ve put together a quick and versatile pop-up card tutorial. The idea is that you can use one basic technique for an endless amount of different pop-up cards.

Start with a simple card and fold it in half. Then cut parallel lines (in pairs of the same length) into the middle fold as shown in the picture. The cuts should be max half the length of the card (otherwise they’ll stand out when you close it). Push the flaps forward until your card looks like in the bottom picture.

Now start crafting the bits and pieces to display in your card. I made some balloons and a Good Luck sign for this one. Stick these with paper glue onto the front (not top) part of the folded out flaps. Now when you close your card, it’ll look like in the bottom left picture. Just take a 2nd card and glue it on to cover the outside.

Stick some more balloons, or whatever it is you’re crafting, onto the flaps and voilà – you’re done. You could still add a background to the top and bottom halves. Stick on some clouds in the top part, some grass in the lower one for example.

In the same way you can also create text cards (Happy Birthday), fields of flowers or rows of trees. These would be great for birthday’s, graduation, Father’s Day or really just about anything.

All photos by Michaela for Oh Happy Day.

  1. Shay

    May 10, 2011

    I remember when I was in elementary school and I stumbled upon how to make these pop-ups. I forgot about writing and worksheets and we made pop-ups non-stop instead! (Although, of course, they didn't look anywhere near as professional as yours.) Thank you for resurfacing the idea and bringing back great memories!

    I especially love the field of flowers. Gorgeous!


  2. Noodles and Waffles

    May 10, 2011

    Great tutorial. Thanks!

  3. Gloria

    May 10, 2011

    I love pop up cards! Adorable! To me, so much better than singing cards. I need to find someone with a birthday right now…

  4. Color Collective

    May 10, 2011

    wow, these are so cool and simple!! can't wait to make one, thanks 🙂

  5. chelse

    May 10, 2011

    Such great cards. I posted some different pop up card too. Come take a look

  6. The Veda House

    May 10, 2011

    What a great DIY. I always forget to make hand made cards at the last minute. Thanks for the DIY and the reminder to be crafty!

  7. TwoBrunettes

    May 10, 2011

    oh my god these are darling!!

  8. Sophie World

    May 10, 2011

    Very cute! These too remind me of the childhood pop-up cards I made, but taken to the next level! I'm inspired to bring these back — kids love the simple pop-ups, and adults can go crazy with detail!

  9. Kendall

    May 10, 2011

    These are so wonderful!

  10. Bladh photography

    May 10, 2011

    Pop Ups make everything better

  11. Inha

    May 10, 2011

    brilliant DIY–thanks!

  12. Miss Rubio

    May 10, 2011

    How perfect are these? I came into your blog right now to look for gift wrapping ideas for a few birthday gifts and found something even better. Thanks!!

  13. viet

    May 10, 2011

    love this idea! will definitely try it out. btw, saw this adorable youtube video of a french girl and made me think of your boys learning french. so stinkin' cute!

  14. Monica

    May 11, 2011

    so adorable!!!

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  18. Jackie

    May 11, 2011

    So cute. And inspiring. Thank you! Just pinned this on pinterest …

    : )

  19. ✿ n0ra ✿

    May 13, 2011

    LOVE the flowers so much…

  20. This and That

    May 14, 2011

    I love pop up cards.Thank you very much for this tutorial

  21. Connie

    May 14, 2011

    Love it! I'll always have a soft spot for pop up cards & books.

  22. Birthday Party Babble

    May 15, 2011

    Just great. Love the tulips, totally going to use for my next garden birthday party. Thanks.

  23. sorelli @ StyleSchedule

    May 16, 2011

    These are gorgeous am definately going to try one of these on hubby when its his birthday next month! Thinking i might use a photo of us in the pop up!
    Lovely work…

  24. Dabs

    May 18, 2011

    Wonderful : good idea

  25. Anonymous

    May 18, 2011

    so cute! love them.

  26. Kristina

    May 22, 2011

    Thanks to the inspiration from your blog, I made my hubby a pop-up card for our first anniversary. It surprised him, and he loved it!

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