Pop Up Shark
Summer is here and “Jaws” is playing on the reruns. Make your own shark pop up for summer fun. Wouldn’t this be cool to replicate in a large size?
Heavyweight paper or cardstock
Click on Printables and print out the shark cards on a heavy paper, like card stock or construction paper. We're put all of the illustrated instructions on printable sheets too.
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! Color in all the pieces for the shark using markers or crayons.
Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces for the shark following the solid, black lines. DO NOT CUT OUT THE EYES.
Color in all the pieces for the shark using markers or crayons. DO NOT color over the areas marked "glue here." Carefully cut out the shark's card following the solid, black lines.
Take the piece of the shark's head that has the eyes on it and folding along the snout, fold both sides back away from you.
Moving to the right, fold the next section of the head back.
Continue moving to the right and fold the next section of the head back.
Continue moving to the right and fold the tab of the head back.
Lay the shark head on a flat surface and apply a small amount of glue to the tab.
Begin to bring the tab to the other side of the head.
Press the glued tab firmly against the head. Lay the piece completely flat and set aside to dry.
Take the jaw piece and folding along the center line, fold both sides back away from you.
Turn the jaw piece completely over and lay it on a flat surface. Fold both tabs at the bottom all the way up and leave them in this position. Set this piece aside.
Take the shark's fin and folding along the center line, fold both sides back away from you.
Fold the right tab all the way up and then return to its original position.
Fold the left tab all the way up and then return to its original position. Set this piece aside.
Take the shark's card and fold it completely in half along the center line. Open the card up and lay on a flat surface.
Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the upper left area.
Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the upper right area.
Take the shark fin and carefully position over the two glue areas. Press the shark fin into the glue and let dry.
Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the middle left glue area.
Take the flattened shark's head and carefully place the left tab over the glue area. Let the head lay flat against the card with the tab glued. Let dry!
Put a small amount of glue on the remaining tab on the shark's head.
Without letting the shark's head move, carefully begin to close the card. The glued tab will automatically line up with the right side of the card into its position. DO NOT open the card once you've closed it.
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LET THIS GLUE DRY! If you try to open the card too soon, the tab will come unglued.
After the glue has dried open the card.
Apply a small amount of glue to the lower left glue area.
Apply a small amount of glue to the lower right glue area.
Take the shark's jaw (with the tab still folded underneath)... and carefully position over the glue areas.
Press the jaw firmly into the card. Let dry!
After the glue has dried, carefully begin to close the card.
Your pop-up shark is hungry and ready for lunch!
This craft is reprinted courtesy of Robert Sabuda.
Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she’s not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.
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