33 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

Updated on April 3, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Pop-up greeting cards aren’t difficult to make once you understand how the pop-up mechanism works. They are great for any occasion.

I spent a couple of days searching for pop-up card crafts that included instructions and templates, and I think I've found a nice variety that you will love.

Instructions for making the card pictured above can be found at Craft Crossing. It is a great option for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day. Below is a list of many more pop-up card ideas:

1. Birthday Cake Card

This beautiful layered cake card would be appropriate as a birthday, Fourth of July, Christmas, graduation, or thank you card. It screams, "Let's celebrate!" You'll find the information needed to make this card at Jennifer Maker.

2. Flower Card

You can find a very good step-by-step tutorial for making the flower used in this card on this wikiHow site explaining how to make a pop-up flower.

3. Vintage Valentine Card

Be sure to bookmark the card site where you'll find the tutorial to build this beautiful card. They have so many beautiful vintage images to download. I'm sure you'll think of plenty of uses for them.

The tutorial for making this Valentine card at can be found at Vintage Image Craft.

4. Valentine Heart Card

I really like this Valentine card. It's so simple, yet looks so elegant. This is a very easy card to make, and the kids are sure to have a great time crafting it. Find the instructions for making this Valentine card at Ao LIFE.

5. Easter Egg Card

This is a super cute Easter card that is easy to make and so bright and cheerful that anyone who receives it is sure to be thrilled. Find the information you need to make this card at Kitchen Floor Crafts.

6. Christmas Tree Card

Making this Christmas tree card is a lot simpler than it looks. The tutorial shown at wikiHow uses white paper, but you can use green to enhance the look. The little red balls add a lot of detail, too.

7. New Year's Card

This is considered a New Year's card because of the glittery belt, but I can imagine ways to use this card for any occasion. It all depends on the extras you decide to add to the card. Instead of the candy cane, use a heart for a Valentine or birthday. Find the tutorial at Babble Dabble Do.

8. Father's Day Tie Card

9. Underwater Father's Day Card

The uses for a pop-up card like this are numerous. Once your imagination juices are flowing, you'll think of other occasions for this card. Instructions showing how to make this ocean-themed card can be found at Holiday Crafts.

10. Turkey Card

Here's a card the kids will love making for Thanksgiving. It could also serve as a classroom art project. Go to Mom Endeavors to find all the information you'll need to make this turkey card.

11. Valentine Heart Chain Card

This is a very nice card for the kids to make for Valentine's Day. It is a very easy card to make, and it's cute as a button. To make this card, follow the instructions found at Aunt Annie’s Crafts. A template is included with the tutorial, and many more pop-up card projects can be found on the website.

12. Bee Card

Let this little bee, be all he can be–not only for Valentine's Day, but for other important days that deserve a card. Go to the Yahoo! Makers site for instructions.

13. Moving Stem and Flower Card

The tutorial for this card can be found at The Little Green Box. There are a number of other projects on this site, too. Check them out.

14. Greeting Card

15. "You Make My Heart Pop" Card

Preschoolers and toddlers could make this simple and easy pop-up card. The instructions can be found at Make and Takes.

16. Celebration Card

There doesn't seem to be a celebration that doesn't lend itself to the use of balloons. Find the directions to make this card at Oh Happy Day!

17. Mother's Day Card

This little hen and chick card is so sweet, and I think it would bring tears to any Mother's eyes. The directions for making this card can be found at Krokotac.

18. Snowman Greeting Card

What fun it would be to make Christmas cards with the kids! You can find the tutorial at My Kid Craft . Anyone who receives this card will be impressed and appreciative. Add a little glitter to the snowman for extra sparkle.

19. Pile of Gifts Card

This is the perfect little card to give on a Christmas or a birthday celebration. Find the tutorial for making this pile of gifts card at The Little Green Box. It is very easy and very cute and colorful.

20. I (Love) U Card

Cut carefully when making the letters for this pop-up. You want a nice clean look, which can be difficult–especially for kids. Go to The Idea King for the tutorial on how to make this card.

21. Happy Easter Card

Let this little chick help you wish someone a Happy Easter holiday. This is an easy card to make with the instructions provided at Inspiration Made Simple.

22. "I Love You, Mom!" Card

These are easy to make and come with printable templates. All you have to do is cut and paste for this project. Find the instructions at Aunt Annie’s Crafts.

23. Monster Hug Card

I really like the fact that this monster starts out with a drop of paint. After the paint has been dropped, you take a straw and blow on it to create unique monsters. Find the directions for making this card at Housewife Eclectic.

24. Surprise Card

25. Animals in Love Card

Print the animals on colored paper, or print them on white paper and color them in with crayons, colored pencils, or markers. You can find the templates and directions for these at Krokotac.

26. Cat Card

A perfect pop up card for cat lovers. The tutorial for making this card can be found at Red Ted Art.

27. Flower Bouquet Card

If you have neglected making a card until the last minute, you can still easily make this bouquet of paper flowers. The templates and instructions for this card can be found at BuzzFeed.

28. Easy Mother's Day Card

I think the little kids would really love making this card. There's painting, cutting, and pasting involved, so they are very immersed in the creation process. Go to Totschooling to see how easy this card is to make.

29. "I Love Mom" Card

A template is included with the instructions for this card. You'll find all the information you need at Creative Popup Cards.

30. Monster Mash Card

You'll find directions for making these cute party invitations at Hand Stamped Style. This is an ideal project for stampers.

31. Flowers for Mom Card

This is a cute Mother's Day card the kids will love making. You'll find the instructions for these flowers by going to the Createsie website.

32. Puppy Greeting Card

The puppy's ears and tongue move on this greeting card. It'll cause the little ones, and maybe even the adults, to giggle. Make this card for a special someone by going to FabArtDIY.

33. Free Patterns and Tutorial Videos

Be sure to check out the free patterns with video tutorials at Kagisippo. So far there are eleven pictured pop-up cards.

Pop-up Card Crafting Lessons

Everything you have ever wanted to know about making pop-ups can be found at the Extreme Cards and Papercrafting site. This site shows all the different ways to make pop-ups.

More Templates from Cool Creativities

There are 18 different templates for pop-up cards on this site. Go to Cool Creativities for templates and directions for different cards.

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        diya saini 11 months ago

        I love to make an cards..I want make more and more

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        Melanie 16 months ago

        Got some very good ideas flowing now. Thanks for the 411

        Melanie Mills

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        Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        Hi peachpurple! I'm glad you found a card that you want to make among the choices in this article. I love the pop up cards.

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        peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        i am going to make fathers day card that one of the site you had recommended. Very easy to follow, thanks

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        Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        Hi RTalloni! Thanks for your nice comment about the pop up cards. I think I could get really hooked on making them too. I know I'll be making the Christmas tree one. I like it that so many of them can be made to suit whatever occasion you need a card for, with just small changes.

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        RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

        When I made the discovery that pop up cards are much easier to make than they look I was hooked. Thanks for a great line up here. I made the Puppy Ears card at the beginning of the year and it was fun stuff. :) Will be referring to this hub again.

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