Accordion Pop-up Card
April 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks

This uses a couple of paper crafts for children, both much easier to make than they look.

I have used lots of fun paper crafts in this card. Like all my favorite crafts, this one is easy to make but still has ‘wow’ factor. It is made up of a few elements. The first thing you need a piece of card or heavyweight paper that you make the accordion pleats in. Make the pleats by first folding the card in half, and then folding it back and forth from each side, ending up with the pleats inside the card. The pleats do not need to be very big, but you can make them bigger than I have.

accordian-cardOn my one I added a separate piece of card for the front and back, but you do not need to do this. I had to because I mucked up and used the wrong weight for the inside, it was too light weight to stand as a card, and also my flowers were poking out from the inside – whoops, but it looks great with my wee fix!

accordian-card-sideThen you just need something to attach to the pleats to pop-up when the card is opened. I had lots of little origami flowers that I had made that I needed to use – perfect! I made lots of flowers as they were also really easy and fun – if you want to make some of these check out the Origami Tulip Tutorial and Origami Stalk and Leaf Tutorial.

Something else I have done on this card that is effective and very easy to do, is to layer up a few shapes of decreasing size for putting the message on. It makes a big difference to the writing, it really frames it.

I found the idea for this card in a cool book by Sandi Genovese – Pop-Up Cards. I liked that it covers some basic concepts and shows lots of cool ways of using them. Some cards would be too tricky for kids to attempt on their own though. Templates at the back are supposed to be enlarged on a photocopier – I found them really useful as a guide for what I need to do but did not bother to copy them, that would be a pain.

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4 Responses  
Craftylocks writes:
May 20th, 2013 at 2:25 am

Haha, that is great! Nothing quite says thanks like some flowers, and I can very clearly see some ‘flowers pop up’ when I read your comment:-).
I am glad you found a useful craft on the site to help you at school!
Flowers to you too!!

Rena writes:
May 19th, 2013 at 10:44 am

I had to do a thank you card for my principal in school and I used this idea, although I couldn’t do it pop-up style cuz I had to do it in school and I only got one day, so I just drew the flowers. Thanks a ton, my principal really likes me now! (I would make the card for YOU, but I don’t know how to send it, so I’m just saying….
*flowers pop-up* A bunch!
Ha, ha, ha! Lol! 😉 Bye!

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