Pop-Up Cards for Halloween
What you will make:
Give your friends or family members a little fright with these
easy-to-make Halloween pop-up cards! In practically no time, you can
make a special Halloween card with a jack-o'-lantern pop-up inside. The
project includes black & white and colored patterns for two Halloween
card designs, and printable patterns for separate jack-o'-lantern and
bat pop-ups that
can be added to your handmade or commercial cards.
This simple pop-up is easy enough for children to make and offers
enough flexibility for the creativity of teen and adult crafters.
Related crafts: For more pop-up cards and easy to
make greeting cards, see the projects listed in
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.
Here's what you need:
- White computer paper or cardstock
- Optional: Colored pencils, crayons or markers, craft
knife, ruler and cutting mat
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Halloween Pop-Up Card
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the card you want to make, and download
the pattern. Each pattern has two pieces: the top piece is the outside of the
card, and the bottom piece is the inside of the card.
Print the pattern on white paper or cardstock. The card will be
sturdier if it is made with cardstock.
Bat pop-up card: Make the bat pop-up card
following the instructions for the jack-o'-lantern pop-up.
Tip: You can also add a jack-o'-lantern pop-up
to any handmade or commercial card using the Separate Pop-Ups pattern below. This
pattern includes jack-o'-lantern pop-ups in four sizes; the largest size
fits the cards made in
Aunt Annie's greeting card tutorials,
Leaf Silhouette Cards.
To use these pop-ups, pick one that fits inside your card and follow
the directions below for making the pop-up and gluing it inside a
Tip: Separate Bat Pop-ups can
also be added to the cards in this project or other cards following
the instructions for the jack-o'-lantern pop-up. Be sure to cut no
further that the red dots. Part of the bat wings remain uncut so
that the pop-up hides inside your card.
and Bat Pop-Up
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
Pick any colors you like to color the card. Pick orange for the
jack-o'-lantern, or do something wild! How about polka dots or
zigzag stripes? Use your imagination!
Tip: You may want to write a message on the
inside of the card now.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each pattern piece on the solid black outline. Try to make
your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together
more easily with straight edges.
Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a
craft knife and ruler. Protect the table with thick cardboard or a
cutting mat. Place the ruler along the line to be cut, then
carefully draw the craft knife along the ruler's edge. Be sure to
keep your fingertips away from the knife. Kids,
get adult help when using a craft knife!
Step 4: Fold
Fold both card pieces in half on the center line. Fold them so that
the marks are on the outside. If you are using cardstock, score the
fold lines first.
Tip: Make a sharp crease by running your
thumbnail firmly along the fold.
- Step 5: Cut Pop-Up
The pop-up is on the inside card piece and is folded in half. Cut
around the jack-o'-lantern on the solid line, leaving the unmarked edge of the
pumpkin uncut. Fold the pop-up back and forth along this uncut edge.
Tip: If you are making the bat pop-up card or using the separate bat pop-ups,
cut out the bat on the outline—stopping at the red dots. The
tips of the bat wings must remain uncut so that the folded pop-up
hides inside the card when the card is folded close. Optionally, you
can cut out the bat entirely and fold the wings at the red dots, and
then glue the wing tips to the card with the centerfolds of the bat
and the card aligned.
- Step 6: Refold Pop-Up
Unfold the card's inside piece, and refold it the opposite way.
Open the card and pull the pop-up toward you. Change the pop-up
from a valley fold to a mountain fold. Fold the card in half and
press to sharpen the creases.
- Step 7: Glue Card Pieces Together
Put glue on one half of the inside piece. Slide the two card
parts together. That is, put the pop-up piece inside of the card's
outside piece. Press. Turn the card over and put glue on the other
half of the inside piece. Press again. Be careful not to get any
glue on the jack-o'-lantern pop-up.
Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.
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