How to Make Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Cards

Surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a handmade card. Make the card even more exciting by having a small heart or flower cut-out pop-up when he opens the card. Even if you are clumsy and not handy with a pair of scissors, you can successfully make a card that will wow your loved one and win you Valentine’s Day bonus points.

Step 1

Fold both the red and pink card stock in half. Press the fold to make a crease. Decide which one you will use for the card, and set it aside.

Step 2

Draw half a heart on the piece of card stock that you are not using as the card. Start on the crease, 2 inches from the top of the paper, draw the curve of the heart and then a straight, diagonal line down to the crease on the bottom of the paper. Cut the heart out along the line, cutting through both layers of paper.

Step 3

Unfold the heart and place it on a flat surface with the creased side facing up. Fold each side of the heart in 3/4-inch, toward the crease. Press the folds hard to make a crease, and then unfold.

Step 4

Open the card you set aside in Step 1. Place on a flat surface. Fold the heart in half and place in the middle of the card. The creased part of the heart should face toward the outer edges of the card.

Step 5

Place the two edges of the heart you folded in Step 3 onto the card stock, about 1.5 inches away from the card’s center crease on each side. The heart should stick up from the card. Glue the folded edges to the card stock. When you close the card, the crease of the heart should line up with the outside edges of the card.

Step 6

Cut the lace doily and photograph into small heart shapes. If you are not using a photograph, cut two doily hearts.

Step 7

Fold each paper strip like an accordion. Glue one end of a strip to the back of the photo and one end of the other strip to the back of the doily. Glue the photo strip to one side of the heart in the card, and glue the doily strip to the other side of the heart. Close the card, making sure the doily and photograph tuck inside it.

Step 8

Decorate the front of the card with markers in any way you want. Sign the card on the inside.

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