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!