How to Make a Pop-up Layer

You will need:

  • A few pieces of heavy 8 1/2 x 11 paper, such as card stock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil, marker or pen
  • Decorating supplies!
Step 1:
Begin with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of construction paper or card stock. Card stock works best and is easily obtained from any office suppy store.
You may also begin by using a manila filing folder. This may be easier for very young pop-up makers (if using a manila filing folder skip to Step 3).
Step 2:
Fold the construction paper in half to form a card
Step 3:
Draw two parallel lines of equal height towards the fold of the card.
The lines don’t have to be perfect as long as they are the same height.
Step 4:
Cut along both lines starting at the folded edge.
Step 5:
Fold the cut section back…
Step 6:
…and crease well along the edge with your thumb or finger.
Step 7:
Put the cut strip back in it’s original position.
Step 8:
Open the card up like a tent.
Step 9:
Using your thumbs, push the cut strip through to the other side of the card.
Step 10:
Close the card…
Step 11:
…and press firmly.
Step 12:
Open your Layer Pop-up!