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Christmas Pop-Up Cards

What you will make:

In this project, you will learn how to make a Christmas pop-up card with a Christmas tree pop-up inside. The pop-up is a chain of decorated Christmas trees that is made like a paper doll chain. The project includes printable patterns for cards in two styles—one being fun and easy for children and the other being stylish and elegant for adults.

Related craft: See the Thanksgiving Pop-Up Cards tutorial for another type of pop-up, the Birthday and Party Pop-Up Cards for balloon pop-ups and the Valentine with Pop-Up craft project for a chain of hearts pop-up.

Here's what you need:
  • White computer cardstock or paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Colored pencils or markers, glitter, craft knife, ruler and cutting mat

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Christmas Pop-Up Cards

Read all of the steps before starting.
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 Christmas tree 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. The final "bonus" pattern is for a set of separate pop-ups, including chains of teddy bears. Use these pop-ups in any Christmas card, including Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards.

Christmas Pop-Up Card
Christmas pop-up card with Christmas tree
Colored •  B&W •  Plain
Christmas Pop-Up Card
Christmas pop-up card with jingle bells
Colored •  B&W •  Plain
Card Insides
Card insides
Colored •  B&W
Separate Pop-Ups
Separate pop-ups - bears and Christmas trees
Colored •  B&W •  Plain

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, the card "insides", and the Christmas tree chain pop-up.

Tip: You may want to write a message on the inside of the card now.

Step 3: Cut Cut out card pieces

Cut out each pattern piece on the solid black line. Try to make your cuts very straight. The card will look better and go 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" is optional when making the card from cardstock, but it does add a finished look to your card.

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!

Fold card pieces in half 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, it is best to score the fold lines first.

Step 5: Glue Card Pieces Together (optional) Glue card pieces together

If you are using the card "insides", glue it 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 Fold Christmas tree chain, accordion-style

The pop-up is a chain of Christmas trees. There are two pop-up strips to choose from. Select one and save the other to use inside another card or as gift tags.

Tip: The pop-up with straight sides on the trees is easier to cut!

The pop-up must be folded before cutting. Fold the pop-up accordion-style. 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 trees on the lines. These folds are called MOUNTAIN folds.

Step 7: Cut Pop-Up
Cut chain of Christmas trees

Hold the folded stack of trees together and cut carefully around the tree shape. Do not cut the folds where the trees meet. Unfold the pop-up and you have a chain of Christmas trees. You can decorate the Christmas trees anyway you like. You might add some glitter.

Tip: For an easier pop-up, leave the trees uncut.

Step 8: Glue Pop-up Inside Card Glue pop-up inside of card

Fold the tree chain the opposite way—VALLEY, MOUNTAIN, VALLEY. The colored sides of the trees are all on the inside. Leave the trees 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 tree 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 tree on the top of the stack. Fold the left side of the card over on top of the pop-up and press.

Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.
Christmas cards with tree pop-up Christmas tree pop-ups

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Christmas cards designs

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Tip: Choose from two designs for the Christmas pop-up card.

Two Christmas tree pop-ups

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Tip: Each of the Christmas card patterns has two Christmas tree pop-ups. The one with straight sides on the trees is much easier to cut out.

ePaper Extra

Large snowflakes on blue ePaper

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Tip: Use the Large snowflakes on blue ePaper to make bags that coordinate with  Christmas Pop-Up Cards or line an envelope. This is the second ePaper in the Winter Blue series, and goes with the Small snowflakes on blue ePaper.

Teddy bear pop-ups in Stenciled Bear Christmas Card

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Tip: Use the separate pop-ups, either chains of teddy bears or Christmas trees, in any Christmas card—like the Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards.

Christmas tree gift tags

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Tip: The leftover Christmas tree pop-up can be cut apart into gift tags for Christmas presents.

Christmas tree paper chain

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Tip: Use the extra Christmas tree pop-up strip to decorate for Christmas! Doesn't it look cute with the little snowman? See how to make the snowman in the Christmas Ornaments, Magnets and Figurines craft project.

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