How to make a kinetic Christmas card

Pull the secret tab at the bottom of the tree trunk to open the leaves and let a cheeky Christmas sloth slide down into view!

Pop-up Christmas sloth card

Flex your papercraft skills and impress friends and family with this fun kinetic Christmas card! Pull the secret tab and a cheeky sloth slides down the tree trunk as the leaves part. This is a kinetic Christmas card is made using advanced card-making techniques, but we’ve provided a free template to make it easier, and take you through each of the steps below – so you can concentrate on the fun stuff like decorating your tree. Download your Christmas sloth printables for more card inspiration and to get started!

How to make a pop-up sloth card

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How to make a pop-up sloth card


Step 1

Using the free pop-up Christmas sloth templates, cut your pull tab mechanism and backing panel from some sturdy card. Cut a central slot and punch two holes in the backing panel as indicated on the template.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 1

Step 2

Fold your pull tab as shown, so that the two innermost folds are valley folds, and the two outermost folds are mountain folds. Burnish the fold with a bone folder to get a crisp crease.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 2

Step 3

Thread the pull tab through the central slot and open out the folds. Using the template, cut two wings and attach one to either side of the pull tab using a small brad.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 3

Step 4

Slide another small brad through the other hole in the wings, and through the hole in your backing panel. Repeat on both sides. Keep the brads fairly loose to allow smooth movement.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 4

Step 5

Stick a line of foam tape centrally along the backing panel, making sure there is enough room for the pull tab to slide down. Stick a thin line of foam tape along the right of the pull tab.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 5

Step 6

Using the template, cut a trunk from some dark brown card and attach it to the central line of foam tape. Stick the baby sloth onto the thin line of foam tape and attach two leaves onto the wings. Download the free Christmas sloth printables if you haven’t done so already.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 6

Step 7

Make sure the two moving leaves reveal the sloth when the tab is pulled and hide him when pushed in. Build up your tree with leaves and baubles. Mount onto a 17.5 x 12.5cm card blank.

How to make a pop-up sloth card - step 7

Pop-up Christmas sloth card

How to make a pop-up sloth card

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial for a pop-up sloth card. If you are looking for more festive animal inspiration, take a look at these chocolate coin cards (there’s a polar bear card!), or why not top-up your craft stash with these gorgeous free northern lights printables.