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Thanksgiving
Pop-Up Cards

What you will make:

Use printable patterns to make a greeting card for Thanksgiving with a turkey pop-up inside. The project includes black-and-white and colored patterns for two Thanksgiving card designs. There is also a printable pattern for separate turkey 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 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.

Happy Thanksgiving's Day to you!

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

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Card with a Turkey Pop-Up

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the card design 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.

Tip: You can also add a turkey pop-up to any handmade or commercial card using the Separate Pop-Ups pattern below. This pattern includes turkey pop-ups in four sizes; the largest size fits the cards made in Aunt Annie's greeting card tutorials, including the 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 card.

Happy Thanksgiving
HappyThanksgiving pop-up card - colored
Colored •  B&W
Thanksgiving Corn
Thanksgiving pop-up card - colored
Colored •  B&W
Separate Pop-Ups
Separate pop-ups for handmade or commercial cards - colored
Colored •  B&W

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. Most turkeys are brown, white, or a variety of earth tones. You might color the body brown, the gobbler red, the beak yellow, and the feathers in reds, oranges, and yellows.

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

Step 3: Cut Cut out outside and inside card pieces

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 being cut, then carefully draw the craft knife along the ruler's edge. Be sure to keep your fingertips away from the knife. Kids, be sure to get adult help when using a craft knife!

Fold both card pieces in half 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 Cut turkey pop-up and fold on uncut edge

Take the card's inside piece—the one with the turkey folded in half. Cut away the gray areas only. That is, with the paper folded, cut around the turkey's head and under the gobbler and down the breast. Do not cut the fold from under the beak to the end of the gobbler.

Fold the pop-up back and forth along the dotted line.

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, changing the pop-up from a valley fold to a mountain fold. Fold the card in half and press to sharpen the creases.

Refold inside card piece
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.

Glue card pieces together

Tip: Be careful not to get any glue on the turkey pop-up.

Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.
Thanksgiving pop-up cards


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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!!!

Pop-up cards made of paper and photo paper

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Tip: Cards can be made with regular paper, glossy photo paper, or cardstock.

Thanksgiving card choices

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Tip: The cards can be made without the turkey pop-ups. Print the patterns directly on cardstock or glue the card front to another layer of paper.

Add separate turkey pop-ups to your handmade cards

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Tip: Add the separate turkey pop-ups to Leaf Silhouette Cards or other handmade card from the Card Class Tutorials.

Turkey pop-up colored using colored pencils

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Tip: For more creativity, use colored pencils or markers to color the black-and-white card patterns.

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