Introduction: Pop-Up 3D Words and Messages!

Use this simple technique to turn any simple font into a full 3D pop-out message. Thanks to the awesome people at Comicraft for creating a special font to make this process even easier:

Step 1: Print Out the Words You Would Like to Throw Into 3D Perspective on a Sheet of Paper. a Heavier Card-stock Works Even Better If Your Printer Can Handle It.

Step 2: If You Are Not Using the Comicraft Font Then You Will Need to Add the Vertical Lines on the Tops of the Words.

Printout a message in a font that you like.
Draw vertical lines from your font up to a line that you draw, parallel to the bottom of the letters.

Step 3: Cut Out the Sides of the Letters. Do Not Cut the Tops and Bottoms

carefully cut all the way through the paper on the solid outlines on the sides of the letters.
also make sure to cut out the central holes in the letters such as o,p,q,r,d

Step 4: Score (as Opposed to Cut) the Center Line Through the Words and All the Way to the Edge of the Page.

Step 5: Score the Dotted Lines at the Top, Bottom, and Middle of the Letters.

The green lines in this image should also be scored. They are the dotted lines in the comicraft pop-up font. This will help your letters fold easily. As with the blue central line score the paper lightly. Be careful not to cut all the way through.

Step 6: Fold Out Your 3D Message!

As you fold the paper around the central score you will also need to push the letters out from behind. The blunt side of your knife is useful for this process. It takes a little practice and patience, but after a while this bit becomes easy!

Step 7: For Extra Credit You Can Make It Even More 3D by First Stretching the Letters in a Graphics Program.

by keeping the central fold line parallel and distorting the rest of the letters on either side you can make even more pronouced 3D effects. Experiment with this part and you can make some very cool pop-outs. You will need some image editing software like photoshop or illustrator to do this, or you could even try drawing such a font by hand !


nijaron made it!(author)2016-04-13

Nice steps now I know how to make the 3D letters thanks Saul

snotty made it!(author)2013-05-14
YellowBlu+Co. made it!(author)2012-05-08

Hi everyone! The price was once $999, but now it's $59! Either way, it's really expensive. Luckily, I found a Pop-up font that's free (for personal use) here.

elemenoh made it!(author)2006-04-19

Great documentation. I used a similar technique to make a valentine. You can see the rest of it here:

sukicheah made it!(author)2011-12-19

hey can teach me how to do it??

kcls made it!(author)2009-10-21

Is it just me or does the comicraft pop up font cost $999 for everyone?

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-10-21

ye it costs $999 i think :O wot a rip off!

jsu2 made it!(author)2011-09-04

i know!

Win+Guy made it!(author)2011-08-16

Oh my gosh, you can't be serious.

MrL33TPenguin made it!(author)2009-11-19

 So, you save $1200!

freakyqwerty made it!(author)2010-12-11

Yeah I'll go buy it, I've got that sort of money to blow on a font when I could do it myself....

hjostrander made it!(author)2011-01-21

:P lol

selvee made it!(author)2010-12-07

vry beautiful especially the interesting new yea rcard

mr+monoply33 made it!(author)2009-06-12

ha ha, Irememebr doing these in 3rd & 4th grade years ago, thanks for posting, brought back memories

oink_09 made it!(author)2009-05-27

Love it! Thanks a lot .
Already made 3 dummies and they all look great!
Can't wait to make the real one for upcoming birthdays =D

notveryreal made it!(author)2009-04-26

I remember doing this in art class. :D

pierlo made it!(author)2009-03-18

ehr,... what!?! i mean, the font's not free!! or am i wrong?

vianka99 made it!(author)2009-03-10

how many cm do we need in the upper part?

cleversomeday made it!(author)2009-02-17

Thanks for this great technique. I created a font that would work on die cutting machines like the Cricut.
You can get a copy, along with instructions on how to use it, here:

anetfrank made it!(author)2009-02-07

I have done this by using the word art feature in MS word. I reverse the letters so I can print on the back and not let the lines show on front of word.

Fasteners made it!(author)2009-01-19

hey, thanks for the instructible.

animes25 made it!(author)2007-10-04

or you can use this free program that can save you from the hard work

and there is a Japanese Pro version from those guys

F-zero made it!(author)2008-12-22

This program actually helped me plan out my card, as I was having some difficulty imagining how it should look. Thank you very much. Pics will be up soon.

benthekahn made it!(author)2008-05-13

well, here's the card i made for my mom. Behind the text is mirrored paper. It turned out well and she liked it.

rosanna made it!(author)2007-11-16

I used to spend hours years again trying to work this out and then making the cards, how easy is this. Thanks for sharing this with us, I am still amazed at the stuff I find on this site.

ile made it!(author)2007-09-20

Thanks for the inspiration! I didn't use the font, just did it free hand. (It's a birthday card and it's in Finnish)

Merlin2007 made it!(author)2007-09-19

Excellent and very creative !

Here is a link to a video at showing you how to create your own fonts using a built in program in a Windows XP OS.

claudiafaj made it!(author)2007-06-11 used the technique with drawing, instead of letters, and it worked! Thanks for the tutorial!

andresm made it!(author)2006-10-17

kguen10 to who is that "te amo" intended to???and where ae u from? mexico spain ?

robodud3 made it!(author)2007-03-09

hey r on that english show thats on g4 the one that has the fizz or exsplosion thing or u just got the picture?

kguen10 made it!(author)2006-12-06

to my girl and im from spain

kerosene-soaked-clothes-arent-fun made it!(author)2006-11-14

I would have wrote cabron, -not sure of spelling- subtel, yet offensive

javadjafari made it!(author)2007-02-25

waw! that`s interesting idea!

hubert made it!(author)2007-02-10

That really wonderful and useful instruction. I use the technique make a bDay card to my gf. Thanks.

royalestel made it!(author)2007-01-18

Oh yeah. I'm diggin this movie.

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tskdesign made it!(author)2006-12-17

Very interesting instructable. Congratulations. I just found some perfect inexpensive gift ideas with this tut. Thank you for sharing

StaneStane made it!(author)2006-10-22

Weee coool!

instructo44 made it!(author)2006-10-10

how do you get that font or software?

prank made it!(author)2006-06-06

I tried them--they're not quite as cool as the comicraft font--the have little tabs to space the letters away from the background, but they don't have the broad folding sides that the comicraft letters do that give that 3D look

edwin1989 made it!(author)2006-09-02

I don't think it's hard to make your own popup font, or is it?? So I'd say: give it a shot :P (I'm too lazy to try :P)

kguen10 made it!(author)2006-08-09

Great idea !!! That's the one i did it...

big28basketball made it!(author)2006-07-12

what up

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nonpareilane made it!(author)2006-07-06

awesomeproject. Thanks so much!! Tiffany

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gamequeen35 made it!(author)2006-07-09

yeah i really like your project

nuttish made it!(author)2006-04-02

This is a cool font, but the several times I've looked at the comicraft website, the font is not free. In fact, it's quite expensive. Feh.

goodfeets made it!(author)2005-12-30

It is a good idea to flip the type horizontally before printing so that your fold and cut lines are not visible from the front.

moondust made it!(author)2005-12-27

VERY GREAT, indeed! thanks a lot, folks, this will save me tons of time!

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