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Valentine's Card with Heart Chain Pop-Up

What you will make:

Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. Have you ever made paper doll chains? Using that idea, you'll cut a chain of hearts and glue it inside the card to make a pop-up that springs out when the card is opened! The project includes printable patterns for Valentine's Day cards in two different color schemes, including plain patterns for your added creativity. There also are patterns for the card insides, and heart cutouts to use as you please.

Related craft: There are many ways to add a heart pop-up to a Valentine. See the Valentine Pop-Up Card craft project for a large folded heart pop-up. Also, see the Pop-Up Cards craft project index for more pop-up cards to make

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

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Valentine Heart Chain 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 card pattern has two pieces: the left piece is the outside of the card, and the right piece is the heart chain pop-up. For a sturdier card, print the card pattern on cardstock and the optional "insides" pattern on paper. You can also make the card from paper by printing both the card pattern and the matching "insides" pattern on paper.

Use the Pen 'n Ink Hearts as cutouts to embellish your card or to make matching gifts tags. The Heart Chain Pop-ups patterns are for making pop-ups to go inside of any greeting card. Use the Patterned Paper version to print on colored or patterned paper—only the first heart is printed to minimize extra lines.

Lavender Pop-Up Card
Lavendar pop-up card - with message
Yellow Pop-Up Card
Yellow pop-up card - with message
Plain Pop-Up Card
Plain pop-up card with no designs or message
Colored •  B&W
Pen 'n Ink Hearts
Pen 'n Ink Hearts to cut out
Colored •  B&W
Lavender Insides
Insides for lavendar pop-up card - message
Yellow Insides
Insides for yellow pop-up card - with message
Heart Chain Pop-ups
Separate heart chain pop-ups
Colored •  B&W
Heart Chain Pop-ups
Separate heart chain pop-ups - colored or patterned paper
Digital paper downloads: Pen 'n Ink ePapers
Digital paper downloads: Transparent Hearts

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 either of the plain patterns, use colored pencils, markers, or rubber stamps to decorate the card, card "insides," and heart 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. If you are making your card from paper, cut the "insides" card piece on the outer black outline. For cardstock, cut on the inner black outline. Try to make your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together more easily with straight edges.

Tip: The card "insides" piece 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 outside and inside pieces in half on the center line. Fold the outside piece so that the marks are on the outside. For the inside piece, the marks are inside the fold. If you are using cardstock, score the fold lines first.

Step 5: Glue Card Pieces Together Glue card pieces together

If you are using the card "insides," glue it inside the the outside piece. Put glue on one half of the inside piece. Slide the two card parts together. That is, put the folded inside 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.

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 heart chain, accordian-style

The pop-up is a chain of hearts. The pop-up must be folded before cutting. You will 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 ends on the lines. These folds are called MOUNTAIN folds.

Tip: On cardstock, score the fold lines before folding.

Tip: When making the card from paper, the pop-up can be made heavier by gluing the pop-up strips from the card's inside and outside patterns back-to-back. Do this before folding the pop-up.

Step 7: Cut Pop-Up

Hold the folded stack of hearts together and cut carefully around the heart shape. Do not cut the folds where they join the hearts together. Unfold the pop-up and you have a chain of hearts.

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

Fold the heart chain the opposite way—VALLEY, MOUNTAIN, VALLEY. The colored sides of the hearts are all on the inside. Leave the hearts 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 heart in the stack. Glue it about ½" from the right edge of the card. Be sure that the MOUNTAIN fold is on the right.

Next, put glue on the the back of the heart on the top of the stack. Fold the left side of the card over on top of the hearts and press.

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

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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!!!

ePaper Extra

Pen 'n Ink Hearts digital papers in three colors

Tip: Download and print the Pen 'n Ink Hearts digital papers in three colors: red, lavender and red-violet. They coordinate with the card patterns in this craft project. You could use the paper to make a matching envelope for your pop-up Valentine! (Use the invitation pattern.)

Transparent Hearts digital papers in three colors

Tip: Download and print the Transparent Hearts digital papers in three colors: lavender, white and yellow. These ePapers coordinate with the card patterns in this craft project.

Two colors of Valentine's Day pop-up cards

Tip: The card patterns come in two color schemes.

Black and white pattern printed on colored cardstock

Tip: Exercise your creativity! Print the plain, black & white pattern on white or colored cardstock, and decorate as you please. This card is made with pink cardstock and decorated with rubber stamps and markers.

Valentine's Day card with easier pop-up

Tip: For an easier to make heart chain pop-up, simply fold the strip and glue inside the card without cutting the hearts out!

Valentine's Day card with easier to cut pop-up

Tip: For ease of cutting, use a paper heart chain instead of one made of cardstock. This card features a plain paper heart chain, from the card insides pattern, that has been decorated with markers.

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Heart chains cut from colored and patterned paper

Tip: Print the Heart Chain Pop-ups pattern on colored or patterned paper. Use these separate pop-ups inside of any greeting card.

Heart chain gluing tip

Tip: Boost the heart chain's pop-up effect by gluing the heart stack at a slight angle.

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