DIY Popup Christmas Card

It doesn’t matter how old you are; pop up cards are always fun to receive! Sure, you have that moment of hope before you open it where you think the weight and bulkiness may be money inside the card but that’s part of the fun, right? Well, I’m going to show you how to make your own popup cards that grandparents, cousins, teachers and neighbors will all love!

What you will need:

  • Thick craft paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • craft embellishments (stickers, googly eyes, etc)


  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out the orientation of your card. I’m making this one a landscape card, meaning it will open up instead of opening like a book. However you decide to make your card, go ahead and fold your paper in half, pressing down for a tight crease.
  2. Decorate the front of your card however you like. I bet you still have pom poms leftover from the Christmas Tree Kids Craft so get creative and make a wreath, a tree, a snowman or anything else you come up with! Or do like I did and just get cute craft paper that makes for a beautiful card cover in itself!
  3. Open your card and decorate the inside however you would like the background of your popup to look. 

4. For your popup, draw and cut it out on a separate piece of craft paper.

5. Cut a 3×1″ strip of cardstock or heavy paper to use as the strip that will help your item pop.

6. Fold your strip of paper into four equal pieces. When released your strip should be in the shape of a square.

7. Place the square-ish strip in the dead center of your card with one of its corners in the center of the crease. Glue the two sides of the square that are touching the top and bottom part of the card, onto the card. 

7. You should now have a square in the center of your card. Now you can glue your popup item that you created in step 4 onto the front (not the top) of the popup square. Make sure to place your popup piece where you want it before you glue to make sure it folds properly.

There you have it! A fun and super personal Christmas card to entertain your loved ones! 

Make it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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