Making a 3D Pop-Up Heart Card

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February 10, 2020

3D Pop-Up Heart Card - open card with 3-D heartYou only need a few pieces of coloured paper, scissors, and glue to make this beautiful pop-up card. You could even make just the card base and the heart using two colours. I used three to make it high contrast. :)


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 card


  • craft paper (white, red, and black)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • glue stick
3D Pop-Up Heart Card - supplies


  1. Stack the 3 pieces of colouredpaper on top of each other. White, red, and then black in the middle. Fold in half.
  2. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - stack the papers and fold in half
  3. Remove the white sheet from the outside. Draw half a heart on the outside of the red folded sheet (black stays inside).
  4. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - remove the white sheet and draw a half heart on the red paper at the fold
  5. Cut out the heart shape from the red and black sheets. Take out the black heart and set aside. Use your ruler to draw several straight lines from near the red heart edge to the fold.
  6. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - cut out the red and black paper, remove the black sheet and draw lines from the fold to the edge of the red heart

  7. Use your scissors to cut the lines out of the red heart. Stop before hitting the edge of the heart.
  8. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - cut along the lines from the fold until near the edge of the heart
  9. Use your pencil or ruler to separate the cuts by weaving under and over.
  10. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - use a pencil to separate the cut lines weaving over and under
  11. Now fold the upper strips so they are turned the opposite way from the lower strips.
  12. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - fold upper strips the opposite way from the lower ones
  13. Glue the outer area of this red heart onto the black heart. The downward folding sections will stay in place nicely, but you can also glue those down if you wish. Glue to the folded white paper if making a card.
  14. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - glue to the black heart, optional step is to glue the downward folded strips to the black heart

  15. Write a message on the front of the closed card, and open to expose the pop-up.
  16. 3D Pop-Up Heart Card - glue to the folded white paper and write a message on the outside
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