- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the pop-up card you want to make. Download and print
the pattern. Each card pattern has three pieces: the card and two balloon pop-ups.
Print the card pattern on cardstock and the
optional "Card Insides" pattern on paper. You can also make the card from paper by printing
both the card pattern and the "Card Insides" pattern on paper.
Birthday Pop-Up Card
Birthday Pop-Up Card
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)
If you printed a black & white pattern, use colored
pencils or markers to decorate the card, card
"insides" and balloon chain pop-up.
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 line. Try to make
your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together
more easily with straight edges.
For the "insides" card pattern, cut on the
outer black outline for a paper card. For cardstock, cut on the
inner black outline.
Tip: The card "insides" piece is optional when making
the card from cardstock, but it does add a finished look to your
Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a
craft knife and ruler. Kids, be sure to
get adult help when using a craft knife!
Step 4: Fold
Fold the card in half on the center line with the design on the
outside. For the "insides" piece, fold the colored side
inside the fold. If you are using cardstock, score the
fold lines first.
- Step 5: Glue Card Pieces Together
If you are using the card "insides," glue this piece inside the folded
card. Put glue on one half of the "insides" piece. Slide it inside the
card. Press. Turn the card over, and put glue on the
other half of the "insides" piece. Press again.
Tip: When making the card from paper, the outside and inside pieces are the same size.
It is important to align the pieces exactly.
- Step 6: Fold Pop-Up
The pop-up is a chain of balloons. There are two pop-up strips to
choose from. Select one and save the other to use inside another
The pop-up must be folded before
cutting out the balloons. Fold the pop-up like an accordion. First, fold the
pop-up piece in half on the center line. The marked side is on the
inside. This is called a VALLEY fold. Second, fold back
each of the end balloons on the lines. These folds are called MOUNTAIN
- Step 7: Cut Pop-Up
Hold the folded stack of balloons together and cut carefully around the
shape. Do not cut any of the folds. Unfold the pop-up and you have a
chain of balloons. You can decorate the balloons anyway you like.
You might add some stars or use glitter.
Tip: For easier cutting of the pop-up,
just cut the tops of the balloons or even leave the strip uncut.
- Step 8: Glue Pop-up Inside Card
Fold the balloon chain the opposite way—VALLEY,
MOUNTAIN, VALLEY. The colored sides of the balloons are
all on the inside. Leave the balloons in this folded stack for gluing.
Open the card flat with the inside of the card up. Put glue on
the back of the last balloon in the stack. Glue it about ½"
from the right edge of the card. Be sure the
MOUNTAIN fold is on the right.
Next, put glue on the the back of the balloon on the top of the
stack. Fold the left side of the card over on top of the pop-up and
Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.