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How to Make a Pop-Up Christmas Tree Card

2 of 8 in Series: The Essentials of Christmas Crafts for Kids

Making your own Christmas cards is a great way to save money. This simple pop-up card is a great craft project for older children. Using a single sheet of card and no glue at all, you can make simple but a great looking Christmas card.

You do need to use a sharp craft knife, so make sure you supervise small children or do the cutting for them.

1

Gather your materials.

You need 1 sheet of thin white card; pencil and eraser; ruler; scissors; sharp craft knife; cutting mat.

2

Using a pencil and ruler, mark out the card.

Draw the curves freehand, trying to get them centered over the center crease.

3

Score along the dotted and dashed lines with the point of a pair of scissors.

Older children should have no problem with this step, but younger kids may need some help.

4

Cut all the internal cut lines with a sharp craft knife.

To make a cut with a sharp craft knife, place the piece of paper in the middle of a cutting mat and carefully cut out the shape. If you are supper accurate, the spare pieces will drop out as you pick up the card.

5

Fold the card in half and push the inner pieces toward the center as you do so.

With the pop-up card folded closed, run a fingernail over the crease lines to make sure they’re crisp and sharp.

For a more finished look, you can glue the single-sheet surprise to another piece of card — being careful not to glue down the tree — to give it a backing. Fold a full sheet of card in half and use a glue stick to put the pop-up inside.

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