Introduction: Zelda Pop-Up Valentine Heart Card

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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!

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Print the attached PDF. Got it? Great!

Step 2: Cut!

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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!

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

Step 4: Glue!

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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!

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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 (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_ (author)pausini2015-08-20

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

Lendalki (author)2014-02-11

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

ktana (author)Lendalki2015-08-10

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 (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:

jbruck (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 (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 (author)2012-02-08

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

Here we go:

supah4x0r (author)blinkyblinky2014-02-07

aww, one for the puppies.

Yay! You got all the little folds.

elang3 (author)2014-01-28

Where is the pdf?? :'(

fungus amungus (author)elang32014-01-31

step 1

blockheads_2 (author)2014-01-20

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

solopress (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 (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 :)


Samuel Bernier (author)2012-04-05

Very nice man!

aramanthe (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 (author)aramanthe2012-02-17

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

Aron313 (author)2012-02-10

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

fungus amungus (author)Aron3132012-02-13

The PDF in step 1?

kate12345 (author)2012-02-08

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

fungus amungus (author)kate123452012-02-09

That's awesome

GreatSage (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 (author)GreatSage2012-02-08

That would be Step 4

jessyratfink (author)2012-02-07

Yes yes yes. Wonderful!

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 (author)2012-02-08

Thank you for sharing :)

imshanedulong (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?

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

Oh ok!

geo bruce (author)2012-02-08

is there software to design this?

fungus amungus (author)geo bruce2012-02-08

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

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-08

Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

kate12345 (author)2012-02-08

....looks ace! ^_^

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