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!
You will need
- Your exclusive Christmas sloth printables
- Your exclusive pop-up Christmas sloth templates
- Screw hole punch from Hunkydory
- Patterned paper
- Coloured card
- Circle dies
- Baker’s twine
- Mini brads
- Wooden buttons
- Adhesive pearls
- Double-sided tape
- Sticky foam pads
How to make a pop-up sloth card
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.