Homemade Valentine’s Day cards are easy to make, but they are considered a special gift since you can put your own personal touch on them. Learn how to Make Easy Heart Pop Up Cards with our step-by-step tutorial and free template.
We’re here with our second Valentine’s day craft tutorial, how to make Pop Up Card with hearts. Pop up cards are cute to look at and fun to make. We tried to come up with a simple yet beautiful heart pop up card pattern for you guys and we’re really happy with how this card turned out. The craft comes with a free template with different sizes of heart shapes or you can also trace hearts as you wish.
Here is a clip of the heart pop-up card we made for this valentines day. If you follow our article you can make the exact one (or even better) by yourself.
Of course, this pop up heart card is perfect for many other occasions, not just for Valentine’s day. You can craft this for birthdays, anniversaries, mothers day. father’s day, friendship day, etc.
The average cost of this heart pop up card won’t be more than a dollar. A set of 75 assorted cardstock paper costs around $7 and with that, you can craft up to 30 heart pop up cards. Guessing you have the basic craft supplies available at home, you’ll only need to purchase the cardstock paper for this craft. Follow our tutorial and learn how to make a heart pop up card in a few easy steps.
How to Make Heart Pop Up Cards
Supplies You’ll Need to make Pop Up Card
- Thick cardstock paper
- Thin cardstock paper
- Craft glue
- X-acto knife
Free Printable Valentine’s Heart Day Pop Up Card Template
You can use the heart shapes from our heart pop up card template template. Simply, download the file, print it out, and cut out the heart shapes. Here’s the template,
Instructions to Make Pop Up Valentine Cards
Step 1: Trace and Cut the Card Base
Select a thick cardstock paper for the card base, which would be the inner layer of the card. Notice the lines I’ve traced on the card, these are to create the 3d layers. These lines (2 lines forming 1 strip) should be traced on both sides of the mid-folding line of the card. One side of the strip is for the height and the other side is for the distance of the heart pattern from the card. Keep the heights and distance of the 3 strips different, to make sure that the heart patterns are arranged nicely without overlapping each other. Cut slits along the lines using an x-acto knife.
Step 2: Prepare the Card Base
Measure the height and distance of each strip and then cut out 6 pieces of cardboard strips as per the measurements. Attach these strips on both sides of the 3d layer strips to give them a firm structure. Fold the card to check.
Step 3: Prepare the Heart Shapes
Select different colored cardstock papers and trace the heart shapes on them. Cut out the heart shapes and some strips from the cardstock paper.
Step 4: Prepare 3d Layer Strip
Take any 2 hearts of similar sizes and a strip. Fold the strip into an M shape.
Step 5: Attach the 3d Layer Strip
Attach the M-shaped strip with the big heart, near the bottom side and keep the closed end of the M facing up. Join the bottom open end of the M shape as well.
Step 6: Craft a 3d Heart Pattern
Place the small heart on the top of the big heart, attaching it with the closed M-shaped strip. This will give the heart patterns a 3d look.
Step 7: Craft the 3d Heart Patterns
Follow the same technique (of attaching M-shaped strips between hearts) to craft the rest of the paper heart patterns. Take the card base once you have all the heart patterns ready.
Step 8: Attach the 3d Hearts with the Card
Let’s start with the big heart pattern. Apply glue along the strips’ height part and then attach the heart pattern with the strip. Make sure that the strip isn’t visible and it is all covered with the heart in front of it.
Step 9: Attach all Hearts Shapes
One by one attach the rest of the heart patterns on the other 3d layer strips.
Step 10: Prepare Outer Layer of Card
Now, measure and cut another piece of cardstock paper (this time, a thin cardstock paper will do) slightly bigger than the card base piece. Select a cute or bright-colored cardstock paper for the outer layer of the card.
Step 11: Attach Card’s Outer Layer
Attach the outer layer of the card on the other side of the card base. Attach the outer layer as neatly as possible.
Step 12: Attach Card’s Closure
As the card has several cardstock heart layers inside, it won’t stay closed nicely. Cut out a piece of satin ribbon, long enough to wrap the card once and tie a bow knot. Simply, wrap the card once and tie a small bowknot in the middle of the card. And our Valentine’s Day Heart Pop Up Card is ready!
Tips for Beginners: Things to Remember When Making Pop Up Cards
Here are some tips if you’re having difficulty crafting the heart pop-up cards or any kind of pop-up cards.
- Use papers of similar thickness for the inner layer and the inner patterns.
- The lines traced on the card base are to form the 3d layers.
- 2 lines form a strip, 1 strip has 2 parts on both sides of the middle crease.
- Keep in mind that one side of the 3d layer strip is for the height and the other side is for the patterns’ distance from the card.
- Use x-acto knife to cut the lines in slits. Do not cut all 4 sides of a strip.
- The outer layer of the card should be either the same or slightly bigger than the inner layer.
Here are some of our Valentine’s Day tutorials that you may also like
- Unique Heart Bookmark with Wire
- Cross Stitched Heart Plushies
- Heart String Art for Beginners
- How to Make Cute 3d Paper Hearts
Or if you interested in making another pop up card then you may check this tulip pop up card tutorial from Arty Crafty Bee.
Handcrafted cards were very popular among the 90’s people and before. Though the tradition of handcrafted cards has become somewhat less popular, we always try to inspire our crafty audience to try out these fun card crafts and send them out on special occasions. Crafting sessions are more fun when the final product can be used, reused, and customized however we want to. We would love to see if you do re-create our heart pop-up card or a little twist to it; please do tag us on Facebook or Instagram (use #thecraftaholicwitch).