Introduction: Zelda Pop-Up Valentine Heart Card

It's a pop-up card for Valentine's Day. For your valentine who would get an old Zelda reference, that is. If you don't think that's gonna fly, then you probably want a more traditional card.

For those of you scratching your heads, it's a combination of the guy in the cave who says this message and the heart container that gives you precious extra life.

The idea for this card comes from kate12345's Pixelated popup card Instructable.

Step 1: Print!

Print the attached PDF. Got it? Great!

Step 2: Cut!

Use an X-acto or other razor blade to cut out lots of lines. I can go into detail of which ones to cut or not to cut, but it's easier to see what you'll need in the next step.

Step 3: Fold!

See all the parts that are still attached? Carefully reach in and fold them in the correct directions.

Step 4: Glue!

For this step you will need a card that folds down to 6"x4" or you can cut one yourself out of card stock. With that in place, glue the cut out heart paper onto it. You may need to use the X-acto again to trim off any excess that goes over the edge.

Step 5: Give!

Now put the card in an envelope and give to someone you care about. 

Pro tip: Life heart is even better when combined with other goodies, like chocolate, flowers, or a power tool.


pausini made it!(author)2015-05-22

I made one very similar to this and it was so cute!! My boyfriend loved it and his friends were telling me that I was the most badass girlfriend in the world. If you want to do it... don't hesitate! It's very easy and it looks great.

MaxClyde_ made it!(author)2015-08-20

Wow that heart looks awesome! Did you edit it yourself? if so, could you upload it on imgur or something?

Lendalki made it!(author)2014-02-11

Can you please upload the file as a Microsoft Word file so i can change the message thanks :)

ktana made it!(author)2015-08-10

Just crop out the text. If you're doing it in word: import the image, use the crop function and drag down the top bar until the text is gone.

Christian+Reese made it!(author)2015-05-13

This is so cute. At first I though the heart was made out of several hundreds paper heart layers. Great idea!

smladenoff made it!(author)2015-02-07

Worked as a charm :))

And a guy, called Nidža added a good tip to another similar Instructable:

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jbruck made it!(author)2014-02-15

Ironing the paper at the end was really useful for smoothing out any spurious creases and really crisping up the folds

hclamp made it!(author)2014-02-12

Valentine's Day is here in Brazil on 12 June. Only that I loved the idea and give the card anyway. She'll love it.


blinkyblinky made it!(author)2012-02-08

Although it is gray, black and white, it still is awesome.

Here we go:

supah4x0r made it!(author)2014-02-07

aww, one for the puppies.

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-08

Yay! You got all the little folds.

elang3 made it!(author)2014-01-28

Where is the pdf?? :'(

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2014-01-31

step 1

blockheads_2 made it!(author)2014-01-20

This will work great for a certain Zelda geek i know...

solopress made it!(author)2013-03-22

Hey fungus amungus, just letting you know we had great fun making your pop-out pixel heart card and thought you might like to share the video tutorial we made for it: Thank you!

Liam+McMillan made it!(author)2012-10-01

This was a great instructable! Really easy! I used the template to make my own using card and it worked a treat :)

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-10-02


Samuel+Bernier made it!(author)2012-04-05

Very nice man!

aramanthe made it!(author)2012-02-15

This is adorable, and my dork will love it. I am glad we decided to celebrate the weekend following Valentines Day this year, otherwise I never would've stumbled upon this gem!


fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-17

Nice! Also nice move on not doing it on the day where it feels so obligatory and less personal.

Aron313 made it!(author)2012-02-10

Where can i get a picture of the heart so i can print it?

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-13

The PDF in step 1?

kate12345 made it!(author)2012-02-08

Hello again,
Someone else made a zelda card from my template. Thought you might like to see.

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-09

That's awesome

GreatSage made it!(author)2012-02-08

This is awesome. I just made one for my girlfriend and i think she will love it. But one piece of advice. I suggest that you should add an outer layer to the card. I went to my local craft store, got a piece of paper with a pink flowery design on it (valentines right?) and glued the popup onto that. It makes it look like more of a card. But this still looks amazing. Thanks for posting it.

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-08

That would be Step 4

jessyratfink made it!(author)2012-02-07

Yes yes yes. Wonderful!

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-08

Thanks! Sadly I'm not going to be giving his one to my wife. She's not as geeky as me. Still need to come up with something...

Jen+sanko made it!(author)2012-02-08

Thank you for sharing :)

imshanedulong made it!(author)2012-02-07

I like this, but is it a good idea to put this in the same contest as the guy who made the original?

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-07

I can't win anyway. I'm on the staff here. :)

imshanedulong made it!(author)2012-02-08

Oh ok!

geo+bruce made it!(author)2012-02-08

is there software to design this?

fungus+amungus made it!(author)2012-02-08

I just did this in Illustrator. Single layer stuff like this is pretty easy.

canucksgirl made it!(author)2012-02-08

Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

kate12345 made it!(author)2012-02-08

....looks ace! ^_^

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