DIY Holiday Pop-Up Cards

by on December 4, 2012

Pop-up cards never fail to delight and this year I decided to try my hand at making them for our holiday cards! This tutorial includes a template for making your very own gingerbread man pop-up card to share with friends and family. Adults can make the card and kids can decorate the gingerbread man. How’s that for teamwork?

pop up cards

One of the traditions I love most during the holidays is sending and receiving holiday cards. It’s the one time of the year where you get the chance to see how family and friends from around the country (and maybe world) are doing. ​Photo cards give you the chance to see how everyone’s children are growing and get a glimpse into the lives of folks you may not keep in touch with on a regular basis. But aren’t there a few people out here you’d like to make an extra special card for? Grandparents, teachers, close friends? For this project I will show you how to make a very sweet holiday greeting card incorporating a little surprise pop-up gingerbread man!

I created about 8 mock-ups of various cards before deciding that a gingerbread man would be both cute, relatively easy to cut, and something you can even enlist your children to decorate. So let’s get started!

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DIY Holiday Pop-Up Cards


pop up cards

Optional for decorating gingerbread man:

  • Glitter
  • White colored pencil
  • Whatever your heart desires!


  • Step One Cut out your template and fold along Fold Line 1.
  • Step Two Align folded edge with folded edge of brown card.
  • Step Three Using a very sharp exacto blade carefully cut along solid lines on template. DO NOT cut along dotted lines! Cut the candy cane and be careful to avoid cutting to close to the fold line of the gingerbread man’s hand. Use a hole punch for the eye.
  • Step Four Remove template and fold brown card back along Fold Line 2. This is your pop-up figure!

Pop Up cards

  • Step Five Align fold lines of red paper and brown card. Using a glue stick, glue the back of the brown card to the red paper.  DO NOT put glue on the gingerbread man figure.
  • Step Six Cut stripes out of the red paper in the candy cane.
  • Step Seven Now align the folded edges of the brown card/red paper with the folded edge of the white card. Glue together. Let dry flat or place a book on top of folded card.

Pop Up cards

  • Step Eight Once the glue is dry you can decorate the gingerbread man or better yet, get the kiddos to add a personal touch to the card by giving him some fancy clothes! If you use glue and glitter, make sure it is dry before you fold the card together otherwise you’ll have a gooey mess!
  • Step Nine Finish off your fabulous holiday card by adding a fun message on the front cover. I used a holiday stamp purchased at Paper Source.

Pop Up cards

Pop Up cards

You’re done! Add a personal note in white colored pencil or a white pen inside and mail away! I’d add additional postage to this one since the card is heavier than standard holiday cards.

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Making pop up cards is a project that involves some time but the results are lovely and best of all surprising for the recipient! If you have a few people you’d like to make something special for this holiday season consider making a pop-up card to brighten their day!

If you like paper crafts you are in luck! So do I! Here re a few of my personal favorite paper crafts on Babble Dabble Do: Paper Helicopters, Kirigami Water Blossoms, Paper Weaving. Looking for more holiday fun? Check out these Mini Winter Terrariums!

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Diana Rambles December 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Very pretty! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party. I am following via Facebook & Pinterest!


Ana Dziengel December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Thank you for hosting such a fun party! There are some wonderful projects!


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