Introduction: How to Make a Pop Up Halloween Card

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Create your own Pop Up Halloween Card!

I came up with this design when I was in middle school to display my favorite athletes. It can be used for almost any holiday or event you can think of!

Step 1: Video

Watch this video instead of the written tutorial, or use it to see the steps performed while following along!

Step 2: Supplies


Rubber Cement

Craft Knife


The template is an Illustrator PDF, so feel free to modify it to your needs. In this instructables post, I don't use the template to make my card, but trace it to get the shapes that I need.

Step 3: The Card Base

I cut the main portion of the card out of black cardstock. It measured 3" x 9"

Step 4: The House

I cut out the image of the house from the template and taped it to some black cardstock. Then I traced it carefully with the craft knife with as much detail as I could. After the house was cut out, I added some windows.

With a small piece of yellow cardstock, I cut a shape slightly smaller than the house and glued it behind so it looked as if the light was shining through the windows.

Step 5: The Background

I folded the card base in half and then used it to trace out a piece of green that size. I then trimmed the piece down to 3" x 4"

Step 6: Folds

On one side of the card base, I folded up a 1/4" lip.

I then folded a crease in between the middle crease of the card and the crease for the lip.

The card will end up looking like the third picture after.

Step 7: The Background Pt. 2

I glued the green piece flush to the top of the side with the folds in it. Then before the glue dried, I worked the crease into the green so that it moved properly

Step 8: Adding the House

I glued the house flush to the crease for the lip

Step 9: The Pull Tab and Track

I cut 2, 11" strips out of black cardstock. One was 1/2" wide and the other was a 1/4".

I folded the 1/2" strip in half and glued it together.

Step 10: Slits

I cut a 1/4" slit in the center of the crease for the lip and then I cut a 1/2" slit in the center of the middle crease

Step 11: Adding the Moving Parts

I glued the 1/4" strip (the track) inside on the center of the non creased side. I only glued the end of the strip so that the house can slide halfway up the card.

On the 1/2" strip, (the pull tab) I folded up a 1/2" tab and glued it right above the lip crease.

Step 12: Forgot About the Moon!

I realized I forgot to add my moon! I traced one out of white cardstock using the template and glued it behind the house.

Step 13: Finishing Up

I put the pull tab through the slit in the middle crease and then put the track through the slit in the lip. I then trimmed the track, folded it on to the back of the card and glued it in place.

Step 14: Give Them Away!

That's it! Pulling on the tab at the top will pull the house up into 3D!

Make some more and give them to your family and friends!

Halloween Decor Contest 2015

Participated in the
Halloween Decor Contest 2015