Easy Steps To Make A Pop Up Card With Kids

Do you like to make your own cards? Today I’m sharing how to make pop-up cards with kids. These are easy, fun, and once kids get the hang of it it’s hard to stop making them.

Every now and then I’ll find myself in Target’s card aisle, lured in by my wide-eyed kids who ogle at the colorful greeting ideas. I love it too, but we’re rarely suckered in when it’s so easy, fun, and frankly more meaningful to make our own cards.

I know, making your own cards can take heap-loops of time, and the truth is that we don’t always have it. On the other hand, creative projects like this have some big benefits: they give my kids something constructive to work on and offer them lots of time to think about the recipient of their card (building lots of gratitude and love along the way)


  • Card Stock or other heavy-weight paper
  • Colorful construction paper
  • White Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Envelope

How to make a pop-up card

Cut the card stocks for the pop-up card.

Cut a piece of cardstock to the desired size. Next, fold the cardstock in half. Cut two parallel slits on the folded side of the paper, about one inch apart and about one inch long. I’d encourage you to play around with the length of these cuts.

Next fold the tap up and crease it

Open up your card

And then pop the paper toward the inside of the card.

Invite your child to create a pop-up card

Cut a piece of colorful construction paperthe same size or slightly bigger than the card stock. Glue the card stock to the construction paper. Be sure that you don’t glue the “pop-up” section down.

Set up the blank pop-up card and a bucket of crayons as an invitation for your child to create.

Make the pop-up design for your card

Ask your child to think of what he or she would like to pop off of the cardMy five-year-olds nephew made two cards: one had a space theme and the other had a garden themeShe decided that she wanted a rocket to pop off the space card and a flower to pop off the garden card. I helped her figure out how tall to make these objects.

Note: If the pop-up objects are too tall, they’ll poke out of the card when it closes

Decorate the cards with crayons, markers, or colored pencilsWhen the card is done, glue the pop-up piece in place andlet it dry for about an hour.

More creative cards for kids

Check back tomorrow for a GIANT collection of open-ended and process-based cards that kids can make. Until then, here are a few more ideas to keep you busy…