Self Pop-up Cubic Card




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I will show you how to make a cubic gift card that pops when is pulled out from a book or any other flat hard envelopes.

This is an amazing Valentine card to make for a very special person!

I did it green for visual purposes! but it could be any color depending the ocation

Print the new template that I made and do your own Cubic Card in no time!

Step 1: Materials

1. sheet of card board
2. scissor
3. cutter
4. adhesive tape
5. book (or envelope)
6. hole maker
7. pen
8. elastic
rubber band
9. glue
10. Imagination
11. see the PDF for the template

Step 2: Trace and Cut

1. First we will trace a square (8 cm X 8 cm)
2. Then we will continue tracing until we have the correct figure
3. Then we will proceed to the cutting part

Step 3: Make the Holes for the Rubber Band

1. Use the hole maker to make the holes for the elastic
2. You will need to stress the lines in order to have a better flexion

Step 4: Join and Glue

1. Then we will join all the parts, with the glue and the tape
2. Then we will place the rubber band inside the cube
3. Also we will need to sharp the edges of the cardboard, where the rubber band is placed in order to have a better pop-up
4. And it's done !

Step 5: How to Use It!

1. Follow the folds and fold the cube, put it inside the book and pull it out, it will pop up itself !
2. That is all !

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    21 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 5

    This is fun and i love it
    Thanks a lot i am going to try it now !!!!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    um paper versions don't really work...

    wasted a bit of time. but atleast she's appreciative of that. <3


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I give it 24 hours before someone does a weighted companion cube version. :)

    1 reply

    Well I saw these cars (Flat Ryderz) and how they pop out of their pakage, the cube itself has another mechanics but the consept is the same (be splitted and loaded  then and with a pull it pops back up into shape again)

    Thanks for your comment!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    ha. very cool :) good trick to play on friends at school, maybe something along the lines of putting them in random binders and saying "you've been 'cubed'. pass it on" etc...

    2 replies

    Yes my friends are always surprised!
    some of them even jump when it pops!


    9 years ago on Introduction


    I'm sure others would appreciate a template of some kind to resize and print out.  Just upload the file and add to your Instructable.  Good luck!

    1 reply

    I already did the PDF!

    Thanks for your suggestion and for you comment!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think you could use this for something along the lines of popping out of your husbands briefcase when he opens it at work....surprise dear!