Christmas Tree Pop Up Card
Everybody enjoys Robert Sabuda’s pop up books, now he shows you how to make your own Christmas Tree Pop Up Card to enjoy or give as a card to someone special.
Cardstock or heavy paper
Paper Clip or dried up ball point pen
Print out the patterns found under printables on a heavy paper, like card stock or construction paper.
Lay the card that has the outline of the tree on a flat surface.
Take a ruler and line the edge of it up against the center fold line of the card.
Use the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ball point pen that has run out of ink) and press it along the dotted line carefully scoring the card all the way from top to bottom. Score all the other dotted lines on the card as well.
Cut the card out carefully following the solid, black lines around the edges.
Begin to fold the card in half, keeping the outline of the tree on the OUTSIDE so you can always see it.
Fold the card completely in half with the outline of the tree still visible.
Carefully cut along the SOLID black line of the first segment at the top of the tree.
Fold the first segment at the top to the tree back against the card, along the dotted line, and crease with your thumb or finger.
Put the first segment back in its original position.
Open the card like a tent, and push the first segment through to the other side.
If you turn the card over, and check the photos below to see how it should look.
Repeat the process and when you have done all five segments the card will look like the photo below.
Set the Christmas tree card aside and lay the second print out, the backing card, on a flat surface.
Take a ruler and line the edge of it up against the center fold line of the backing card and score down the center with your paper clip.
Cut the backing card out carefully following the solid, black lines around the edges.
Fold the backing card in half with the dotted line on the INSIDE. Set this card aside.
Take the Christmas Tree card and turn it over so the dotted outline is visible. Put a thin line of glue along the right side of the card from top to bottom.
Put a thin line of glue along the left side of the card from top to bottom.
Take the backing card, with the dotted line facing down, and carefully position it on top of the Christmas tree card. Take your time, making sure the edges of both cards match up.
Press the cards together, flattening them completely.
Turn the card over, carefully close and open it. Your pop-up Christmas Tree card is ready to be decorated!
Patterns, Templates and Printables
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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!"