Secret Message Card
April 26th, 2011 by Craftylocks


I was looking around for some fun card making techniques suitable for children and this one intrigued me. It looked very confusing and complicated but if you follow the steps it really does work – the secret of how it works is in the weaving.

This post must have the most photos of any that I have done! I am not going to check them all to make sure, but it sure feels like a lot – but for good reason – they will help make it really easy to follow the steps and understand how it works. All the techniques used are nice and simple, but the final card is a bit like magic – a very cool paper craft for children.

Start with two pieces of photocopy size paper in two different colors. Fold one piece of paper with three folds into a concertina as pictured here.

Cut slots along the center fold, the cut should go to the next fold, we did four cuts.

They were not measured or evenly spaced but if you like to be accurate you could measure before cutting.

Cut two strips of paper from the other piece of paper. The strips of paper should be the same width as one of the folded sections on the first piece, so that is quarter of the width. Weave the paper strips in and out of the slots.

Fold the card together.

You will be able to carefully pull the card apart along the center fold – the woven strips and slots enable it to be opened along the center fold.

It looks as though it is solid, but it really does open. But you may just have to do it to see what happens!

It opens all the way and hides the part that was open before.

Cut out some tabs and attach them to the part of the card that does not have any weaving.

This will help the recipient work out how to open the card – you can also write ‘pull’ on them to be extra helpful.

Open the card along the center fold again.

Write the first part of your message.

Open the card out and write the hidden part of the message.

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5 Responses  
Cindy B writes:
December 3rd, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I worked with a teacher who uses this system to make study guides for kids to carry with them (vocabulary, math facts, etc.). It is more fun than flash cards and it’s all one piece so there aren’t lots of things to keep track of. Sadly, I didn’t know how she made it but thanks to your instructions, now I do!

Craftylocks writes:
July 12th, 2012 at 2:30 am

Hi Andriana,
Oh cool, that sounds great – I was very excited when we made it, I thought it could be put to good use, so I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

Andriana writes:
July 9th, 2012 at 6:50 am

I wanted to make a cute card with a secret message for my husband’s birthday and this was absolutely perfect! Thank you so very much:)

craftylocks writes:
April 27th, 2011 at 3:40 am

Hi Dawnie,
Thanks for your comment, it is so encouraging for me to know that other folk are enjoying the projects too – we have lots of fun with them and I hope you do too!

dawnie jetson writes:
April 26th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

your site is fabulous – really enjoy all your creative fun simple yet lovely projects – thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas –

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