This Christmas, make and send adorable handmade cards to friends and family. We'll show you how to make this pretty pop-up card and give you our best Christmas card inspiration.

Pop-up holiday card

Sending a handmade card is an easy way to show someone you're thinking of them this holiday season. We've got you covered with this adorable pop-up Christmas card. A few clever cuts and some festive patterned paper quickly turn into a thoughtful Christmas card. It's so easy, you'll be making one for everyone on your list this year! 

What You'll Need

pop up photo gift holiday card materials
  • Red, green, and patterned paper
  • Pencil and pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Crafts glue
  • Ribbon
  • Clear tape 
  • Decorative tape

Step 1: Cut small card

cutting green paper

Cut a piece of green paper that measures 7 x 9 inches and fold width-wise to form a card shape. Draw out two squares that measure 2.5 inches and 1.5 inches; trace these against the fold of the card. With card still folded, cut along top and bottom lines.

Step 2: Attach cards

gluing paper together

Next, fold a piece of red paper that measures 8 x 10 inches; fold in half widthwise to form a card slightly larger than the green card. Glue to the back of the green card to the inside of the red card.

Step 3: Add patterned paper

gluing on gift wrapping paper in pop up card

Choose two patterned papers (or use real wrapping paper) for the pop-up "gifts." We love a plaid combo for this step! Cut pieces that measure 5 x 2.5 inches and 3 x 1.5 inches and glue them over the flaps created by the horizontal cuts. Use tape to attach ribbons or other holiday embellishments to the gifts.

Step 4: Add photo cover

taping photo on front of card

Use decorative tape to attach a photo printout to the front of the card. This is the perfect way to send a personalized family photo card with a homemade touch this Christmas. To mail this card in a standard-size envelope, scale down the sizing and use a 5x7 blank red card as the largest card; adjust the additional sizes as necessary. 


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