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Maker Monday: Easy pop-up Valentine’s Day cards

Happy Monday, Kidsburgh families. This easy Maker Monday craft idea lets kids surprise friends and family members with clever pop-up Valentine’s Day cards. They look fancy but are easy to make with simple materials and ingenuity.

As with all Maker Monday projects, the supplies you’ll need are things you may already have around the house or you can buy inexpensively at a dollar store or craft store.

A note to kid makers: Please work with a parent or caregiver on this Maker Monday project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.

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Maker Monday materials you’ll need:

  • cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • a glue stick
  • stickers

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Maker Monday instructions:

Step 1: Select two pieces of paper for your Valentine. You may want the inside page to be a solid color and the outside to be a pattern, or maybe the other way around! It’s up to you. Once you have your papers, Choose what size you want to make your greeting card. Then cut both pieces of paper to be that same size. Fold them in half, creasing at the fold. Then separate the two sheets. On the page that will be the inside of the card, make six cuts (about 2-3 inches deep) across the folded side of the paper.

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Step 2: Open the paper and fold those cut strips in the opposite direction, creating the pop-up effect (see above).

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Step 3: Apply glue to the two sheets of paper, so that you can glue them to each other. Carefully fit the papers together, watching out for the pop-up strips. Now the two pieces of paper form one greeting card.

pop-up Valentines Step 4: Press stickers to scraps of paper scraps. Then trim around the stickers, leaving a thin border of paper visible around the stickers.

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Step 5: Glue the prepared stickers onto the pop-up strips. Then carefully close the card and decorate the cover of the card with additional stickers. You can also add drawings to the inside and outside of the card. You can also write a message to the person you are giving the card to and you can sign your name inside!pop-up Valentines

Want more at-home fun creating cool stuff and making beautiful things? Check out more Maker Monday projects right here.

Do you have an idea for a Maker Monday craft project? If so, please share it with Kidsburgh! Send your maker activities to info@kidsburgh.org.