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Handmade Pop-Up Christmas Card

Surprise family and friends with an easy-to-create holiday card with a pop-up message tucked inside.

Camille Styles, editor of
Joy Card

Materials Needed:

  • 3 sheets of glittered card stock (blue, silver and white)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3-D pearl stickers
  • 12" x 12" light blue card stock

Prepare Card Stock

Fold light blue card stock in half and cut to 5" x 7" shape.

Joy Card

Create Ornaments

Print template onto white card stock and cut out an ornament shape. Using this as a template, trace outline onto back side of each color of glittered card stock and cut out (Images 1 and 2). Tip: If not using glittered paper (which is not printable), the template can be printed directly onto colored card stock and cut out.

  • Cutting Out Ornaments
  • Glitter Ornament

Create JOY Lettering

Cut lettered circles out of white card stock (Image 1). Glue letters onto glittered card stock ornaments (Images 2 and 3).

  • Cutting Out Letters
  • Applying Glue
  • The Letter J

Create JOY Message Banner

Cut a six-inch piece of white thread. Using hot glue, attach letters to string leaving approximately 1/2 inch between each ornament. Tip: To ensure that letters are evenly spaced on thread, attach "O" first in the middle, then glue "J" and "Y" on each side. Attach banner to inside of card with hot glue, covering glue beads with 3-D pearl embellishments.

Attaching the Ornaments

Write Message on Front of Card

Use silver permanent marker to handwrite "Oh" on front of card (Image 1). Carefully fill in letters with household glue, then sprinkle generously with silver glitter (Image 2). Allow glue to dry, then shake off excess glitter before placing card in envelope (Images 3 and 4).

  • Writing on the Card
  • Applying Glue
  • Decorating With Glitter
  • Glitter Card
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