Here is my latest paper craft - The Little Cottage Pop-up card. It is another great holiday craft for the 12 Day Craft-Along.
As you know, I love to make 3D crafts from paper. That is my favorite crafting adventure. So making pop-up cards is perfect extension of that.
Making a house pop-up card has some challenges, but I've tried to simplify the process as much as possible and I'll explain the steps to show how to make it easier. Let's get started.
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Materials to make the Little Cottage Pop-Up Card
- Card stock for the house - 110# card stock works best
- Scrapbook paper for the card base - 8.5" x 11"
- Glue - Art Glitter Glue is one option
- A way to cut the card stock - I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out these designs
Directions for making the Little Cottage Pop-Up Card
- Fold 8.5" x 11" card stock or scrapbook paper in middle
- Cut out house pieces:
- Main body of the house
- Roof beam
- Windows and door
- Pop-up tab
- Cut out decorations for the front and middle of the card:
- Large snowman
- Large trees
- Tiny snowman
- Small trees
- Pop-up tab for tiny snowman and trees
- Glue the snowman and tree parts together
- Decorate the house and glue the body of the house together
- Glue on roof beam and pop-up tab
- Make a 90 degree template for pop-up tab
- Draw 90 degree angle on card base
- Glue house to card base
- Add snowman and trees to pop-up tab
- Mark 90 degree angle on card base for tiny snowman pop-up, then glue
- Add backing to card base, if desired
Fold the 8.5" x 11" card stock in the middle
First, fold your card stock or scrapbook paper in the middle for placement of the house pop-up. It is important that you crease this fold well. This paper does need to be 8.5" x 11" because you need that much space for the folded house in the middle of the card. It seems large for the size of the house, but it is necessary.
Cut out the house pieces
Next, cut out the house pieces. All you need for the basic house is the main house piece, the roof, a roof beam, and pop-up tab. The roof beam is the part of that keeps the roof in place while the house rotates during the pop-up movement.
On the left lower corner is the pop-up mechanism with the roof beam in the lower right corner of the photo above. Cut out the decorative pieces as well - the door and the windows.
Cut out any decorative pieces for the card
Since the card looked pretty naked with just a house pop-up in the middle, I decided to make a snowman and some trees for both the front and the middle of the card. The scrapbook paper that I chose for the front of the card was the inspiration for the snowman.
For this card, I used one large and one small snowman, 2 larger trees and 3 smaller trees. Also, I glued several layers of trees together so they would have more dimension. I do that on almost all my cards because I just like dimension.
Glue the snowman parts together
Because I dislike gluing lots of tiny circles to card stock, I made the snowman out of 3 layers. The top layer has cutouts for the black eyes, mouth, and buttons. Just adhere that piece to the slightly smaller black layer and then make a solid white backing. You don't really have to have the white under layer, but it does give dimension. Then glue on the nose, the scarf, and the twig arms. Make the tiny snowman exactly the same way, though it is important to have a white back layer for that snowman.
Craft hint - if you use a good glue like Art Glitter Glue or Scotch Tacky glue, you can squeeze out a small puddle and use a toothpick to apply the glue to tiny parts like the tiny snowman nose. It works well for any tiny parts.
For the tiny snowman, I omitted the stick arms because I'm sure they would get all crooked in the pop-up process.
I used a 65# card stock for my trees so I glued several layers together to make them sturdier. That is especially important if you use trees on your extra pop-up inside the card. Glue on tree trunks for the trees on the front of the card.
Decorate the little cottage for the pop-up card and glue the body of the house together
In the pattern, there are little windows and a door to glue on the house. But there isn't a door cutout on the house itself. That's because the house is more stable without a cutout for the door.
Lately, I have enjoyed drawing a scalloped roof patterns on my little house roofs. I've done that for almost all the house projects in the 12 Day Craft-Along series. I just like the way it looks.
Now glue the house together along the side tab like we usually do on all the little houses.
Glue on the Roof Beam and the Pop-Up tab to the Little Cottage
The photo below shows how the roof beam and the pop-up tab look on the cottage. The two flaps on the top hold the roof in place.
And this photo shows the little angled tab that holds the roof beam in place. After I made a couple of sample houses, I made the tab bigger to make it easier to glue to the house.
Below is another example of gluing the roof beam in place on sample pop-up house.
Be sure to glue the roof beam in place so that it goes straight up and down - in other words, so the roof beam is perpendicular to the flat card base.
Next glue the pop-up tab in place. It goes on the back corner of the little cottage. The photo below shows how it it glued to the house. Note: It also shows the roof tab glued to the roof.
This view shows the pop-up tab glued to a sample house card.
Next, glue the roof to the glue tabs on the roof beam. One flaps is folded forward and one tab is folded backwards as you can see on the photos above.
Make a 90 degree template for your Little Cottage Pop-Up card
I tried to remember how I did that last time and I figured a protractor was the way to go. But after searching for a protractor for 30 minutes, I decided there must be a better way. Yes, there is. And it's easy, too. Cut off the corner of a piece of paper paper or card stock because that should be an accurate 90 degree angle. Then fold it in half on the diagonal as show below. That's all there is.
This is happens to be an important step because how well the pop-up card opens and closes depends on the placing the house or the pop-up mechanism at a 90 degree angle. That also mean that you have to know where the 45 degree line is. In other words, the 45 degree line matches the fold line on the card.
Draw the 90 degree angle on the inside of the card
The back corner of the house is going to fit on this angle so lightly draw it in pencil where you want the house to go. Be sure to leave enough room for the house to fold up. That means you have to locate the angle somewhere in the middle of the card. Too far back, the house sticks out on the back of the card.
Because of the angle of the pop-up tab, the house will fold towards the point. Think of the angle as an arrow that points the way the house will fold. The same is true if you add a second pop-up tab for a snowman and trees.
Lightly pencil in the angle on your inner card base. Below is a sample card so I didn't pencil it in too lightly.
Glue the house to the card base
Now for the fun part, making your little house actually pop-up. Simply apply glue to the bottom of the pop-up tabs and adhere to the card fitting it in 90 degree angle that you drew on the card.
You can see my penciled angle for placing the house in the center of the card.
Add snowman and trees to pop-up tab
After I finished the card, I realized it needed much more decor than the busy background paper. That's when I decided to add the little snowman and trees as an additional pop-up mechanism.
To do that, use the extra pop-up tab and glue the snowman and trees to the tab. But remember that these objects will fold either inward or outward depending on how you place the pop-up tab. I placed the tab so that the snowman and trees pointed outward when the card was folded up. That meant that the trees extended past the bottom of the card. I had to trim down the trees a bit for them to fit. Just a word of warning.
Mark 90 degree angle on card base for tiny snowman pop-up, then glue
Just like you place the house, mark an angle and glue the snowman pop-up tab in place. But remember what I told you about the way the pop-up folds. See the tall tree above, I had to significantly trim it down because it kept poking out of the bottom of the card.
Add backing to card base
If the base of your card is two-sided, you don't have to do this, but my paper was plain on the back so I glued it to another sheet of scrapbook paper with a coordinating design. You can decorate the front of the card either before or after you glue it to the inner card base.
And that's it. Seems like a lot of steps, doesn't it? Play around with the pop-up mechanism and you will definitely get the hang of it and perhaps fall in love with the making these kinds of cards.
Now you have finished the Little Cottage Pop-Up card. Now share it with someone you love.
Whew! That's it for me tonight. I hope you have a great day and get to do some fun stuff.
Here are all the 12 Day Craft-Along Projects
- DIY Easy Autumn Paper Leaf Wreath
- Easy Tiny Paper Church - Quick Holiday Craft
- Tiny Paper Cottage
- Tiny Paper Barn - Quick and Easy Holiday Craft
- Make a Tiny Paper Swiss Chalet for Your Holiday Decor
- Make the Cutest Tiny House Holiday Garland
- Little Cottage Pop-Up Card - Make One for the Holidays
- Make a Paper Holly and Ivy Wreath
- DIY Christmas Fairy House - Paper Fairy House with Poinsettia Roof
- A Storybook Holiday Cottage for Christmas
- Easy Snowman and Scotty Dog Gift Tags
- Little House Gift Tags - From My House to Yours
P.S. Remember to email me if you have any questions - [email protected] And feel free to pin any of these photos to your favorite Pinterest board. Also the Paper Glitter Glue Facebook group is a good place to get answers.