pop-up greeting card tutorial

Josie's really been into making pop-up cards. She's always creating bits of love for each member of the family but this has really caught her fancy, and I can see why. It is just such a simple and effective little project; so easy a five year old can do it!

First fold your paper in half and cut two 1" slits into the folded side. It should look like this when you unfold it (although your construction paper may not be so wrinkly):
Fold it again, tucking the tab that you've cut (in the center part of the fold) inside the card. When you open it a bit it will look like this:
The top illustration was our first try; the pop-up birthday cake (forest with trees? castle?) is simply glued onto half of the pop-up tab. It lays flat inside the card then is lifted when the card unfolds; just make sure that your glued-on thing doesn't go down below where your tab folds into the card (you can always make a bigger tab if need be).

I'm really excited to give this a try in some of the books that the kids have been putting together! (okay, so Jasper's are filled with scribbles, but does that really matter?)

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