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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.
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Step 1: Print!

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Print the attached PDF. Got it? Great!
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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.
pausini2 months ago
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.

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

smladenoff made it!5 months ago

Worked as a charm :))

And a guy, called Nidža added a good tip to another similar Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pixelated-popup-card/?comments=all#CVSEV9DHRH0YATR

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jbruck1 year ago

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

hclamp1 year ago

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.


Lendalki1 year ago

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

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

Here we go:


aww, one for the puppies.

fungus amungus (author)  blinkyblinky3 years ago
Yay! You got all the little folds.
elang31 year ago
Where is the pdf?? :'(
fungus amungus (author)  elang31 year ago

step 1

This will work great for a certain Zelda geek i know...
solopress2 years ago
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: http://youtu.be/-Yh4EpI4wY4. Thank you!
This was a great instructable! Really easy! I used the template to make my own using card and it worked a treat :)
fungus amungus (author)  Liam McMillan2 years ago
Very nice man!
aramanthe3 years ago
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)  aramanthe3 years ago
Nice! Also nice move on not doing it on the day where it feels so obligatory and less personal.
Aron3133 years ago
Where can i get a picture of the heart so i can print it?
fungus amungus (author)  Aron3133 years ago
The PDF in step 1?
kate123453 years ago
Hello again,
Someone else made a zelda card from my template. Thought you might like to see.
fungus amungus (author)  kate123453 years ago
That's awesome
GreatSage3 years ago
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)  GreatSage3 years ago
That would be Step 4
Yes yes yes. Wonderful!
fungus amungus (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
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 sanko3 years ago
Thank you for sharing :)
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 (author)  imshanedulong3 years ago
I can't win anyway. I'm on the staff here. :)
Oh ok!
geo bruce3 years ago
is there software to design this?
fungus amungus (author)  geo bruce3 years ago
I just did this in Illustrator. Single layer stuff like this is pretty easy.
canucksgirl3 years ago
Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)
kate123453 years ago
....looks ace! ^_^