Kids love to get crafty, creative and messy. And with the Easter holidays around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking of activities to keep them out of trouble for a few weeks.
Pop-up cards are a great DIY that you can do with your children, and are perfect for sending to friends and relatives for Easter. You may think that this kind of DIY involves lots of complicated folding and tricky technique.
Surprisingly enough, it is actually pretty simple to make one of these cards.
Here we share a quick tutorial that will work every time, as well as some simple pop-up card ideas that you can include in your DIYs:
Pop-up card tutorial
To make a pop-up card you will need:
- Sturdy, colored card (for the card itself and your pop-up picture or message)
- Paper glue
Cut two pieces of card into the same size and fold in half. This will be your card itself so make sure they can fit together perfectly. Make sure you choose a bright color like yellow to really make your card stand out.
Next, cut parallel lines in pairs of the same length into the middle fold of one piece of card. You may need to help younger children out here as this can be pretty tricky. The cuts should be a maximum of half the length of the card.
Push these flaps forward and you will see your ‘ledges’ that will give the pop-up effect. Try and vary the length of these and space them out evenly. Depending on the image or message you’re including, you will need more or less flaps so work this out before hand.
Now you need to start crafting the display for your card.
Discuss some great ideas with your kids and get them to draw their images on the colored card. They can be as crafty and creative as they like, so be sure to let them go crazy. Later in this article we’ll share some ideas for what you could include.
Using paper glue, stick the pictures onto the front of the folded out flaps. When you close your card, these images will lie flat and then ‘pop up’ when it is opened. You will notice that you can see the cut out parts of the card when closed, so glue your second piece of card over the outside to cover it.
Get your children to decorate the front of the card in a similar style and then write a quick message inside. This is a really quick DIY that your children will have great fun doing. After a little practice, they will be able to make these cards for almost every occasion.
Quick card ideas
With Easter in mind then, there are a number of ‘Happy Easter’ style cards your children could create. Some ideas for the ‘pop-up’ could include:
- Easter eggs
- Easter bunny
- A ‘Happy Easter’ message
Your kids can also make these cards for birthdays and a whole host of other occasions. So what are you waiting for?
If you’re looking for a great way to keep your little ones entertained in the coming Easter break, pop-up cards are a simple but great craft they will enjoy for hours.
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Thank you Emily for a fabulous guest post!