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Mother’s Day Pop Up Flower

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Make this beautiful Mother’s Day Pop Up Flower for mom or birthdays, get well cards or any special occasion. This project is best suited to the more advanced youngsters.

Supplies

White cardstock or heavyweight paper

Scissors

Computer

Printer

Markers or crayons

Instructions

Click on the pictures  for illustrated instructions.

If you want to make a larger card, be sure to enlarge both the card and the components at the same percentage on a copy machine.

Print out the pieces for the flower and the card on a heavy paper, like card stock or construction paper.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up pieces.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted line on the center of the card. Go all the way from the top to the bottom of the card!

Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces for the flower following the solid, black lines.

Carefully cut out the flower’s card following the solid, black lines.

Take all three pop-up pieces...and flip them over so the black dotted lines are NOT visible.

Color the flower pieces with markers or crayons.

Take piece "A" and fold the sides back so the center fold comes up towards you.

Lay the piece on a flat surface and fold up the lower right tab.

Fold up the lower right tab. Set the piece aside.

Fold the card in half along it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s center and open up again.

Put a small amount of glue along the upper two glue areas ONLY! DO NOT put glue on the lower glue areas yet.

Take piece "A" and align over the glue areas and press onto the card. The pop-up piece will lay flat against the card when it is in position. Let dry!

Take piece "B" and fold the small tab back.

Take hold of both sides and fold them up towards you so the center becomes a valley.

You will be inserting piece "B" into piece "A" that is already glued to the card.

Starting from the right side, begin inserting piece "B" into piece "A" as shown. Make sure the small tab on piece "B" is still folded up and you can see it.

Continue inserting piece "B" into piece "A." The right side of piece "B" should come all the way down into piece "A" until it stops. This point is shown by the red arrow.

Carefully bring down the left side of piece "B" all the way down into piece "A." Piece "B" MUST be snugly inserted into piece "A" and should be equally positioned as shown.

Put a VERY small amount of glue on the small tab on piece "B."

Fold the small tab with the glue over onto piece "A" and press. Let dry!

Take piece "C" and fold the sides back so the center fold comes up towards you.

Lay the piece on a flat surface and fold up the lower right tab.

Fold up the lower right tab.

Put a small amount of glue along the lower two glue areas.

Take piece "C" and align over the glue areas… and press onto the card.

The pop-up piece will lay flat against the card when it is in position. Let dry!

Carefully close the card.

Your pop-up flower card is complete, just in time for Mother's Day!

Patterns, Templates and Printables

Click on a pattern to open it in a new window

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Contributor

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Robert Sabuda

Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"

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  1. Irving Cobb says:

    This is a grate Idea, It looks harder than it is.

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