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Pop-Up Card

What you will make:

Learn how to make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. When the card is opened, a heart will spring out and bring delight! The project includes black & white and colored patterns for two Valentine's Day card designs, and printable patterns for separate 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.

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

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make the 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 using cardstock.

Tip: You can also add a heart pop-up to any handmade or commercial card using the Separate Pop-Ups pattern below. This pattern includes heart pop-ups in four sizes; the largest size fits the cards made in Aunt Annie's greeting card tutorials, and the smaller sizes fit the Heart-Shaped 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 Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day heart pop-up card - colored
Colored •  B&W
On this Valentine's Day...
"On this Valentine's Day" heart 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. Pick red for the heart, or do something wild! How about polka dots on the heart 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 outside and inside 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.

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 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 heart pop-up and fold on uncut edge

The pop-up is on the inside card piece and is folded in half. Cut around the heart on the solid line, leaving the unmarked edge of the heart uncut. Fold the pop-up back and forth along this uncut edge.

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.

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. Be careful not to get any glue on the heart pop-up.

Glue card pieces together

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


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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!!!

Fronts of Valentine's Day pop-up cards

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Tip: Cards can be made with paper or cardstock.

Add separate heart pop-ups to your handmade cards

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Tip: Add the separate heart pop-ups to pocket cards, quilled cards and Heart-Shaped Cards.

Valentine's Day card colored with pencils

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Tip: Print the black & white patterns and color them any way you like.

Heart pop-ups in three sizes

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Tip: Decorate heart pop-ups with rubber stamps.

Heart pop-up backed with decorative paper

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Tip: To back the heart pop-up cutout with decorative paper, glue a square of fancy paper between the card's outside and inside pieces.

One of Aunt Annie's heart ePapers was used to back this pop-up.

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