How to make a pop-up birthday card

Dazzle friends and family with Sue Hughes' stunning pop-up birthday card, a peacock in gorgeous jewel tones.

How to make a pop-up birthday card

Download our free pop-up card template and make this gorgeous pop-up birthday card – a peacock in shades of teal and purple – to surprise friends and family for their birthday.

Make a stunning pop-up birthday card with designer Sue Hughes’ expert advice:

  • Use a heavyweight, good quality card throughout to ensure a sturdier finish to your pop-up birthday card. This will help the feathers to stand upright when the card is opened.
  • Use wet glue to help with positioning the feathers onto the semi-circles. Also, when securing the semi-circles inside the card, place gently then shut the card to ensure the correct alignment.
  • Decorate the front of your pop-up birthday card before adding details to the inside to prevent the pop-up design from getting damaged. You can keep the card front fairly simple to increase the impact when the card is opened!
  • To ensure that the pop-up birthday card will fold neatly, avoid placing the feathers along the central score lines on the semi- circles.
  • Try to avoid adding too many bulky embellishments so your pop-up birthday card folds flat when closed.
  • Experiment with different colour schemes and colour combinations for a completely different look.
  • A scoring board and bone folder will be a great help in ensuring that your fold lines are neat and sharp.

Want some free patterned paper? Take a look at our ever-growing collection of free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different themes – we love these opulent peacock papers! We love seeing what you make one of our projects, so don’t forget to share your cards and papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How to make a pop-up birthday card

To make a pop-up birthday card you will need:

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Step 1

How to make a pop-up birthday card
Attach two 115 x 200mm pieces of white card inside a 120 x 210mm mint green base card. Stamp a sentiment near the bottom left corner. Layer lilac hearts onto teal hearts, add gems and attach to the corners.

Step 2

How to make a pop-up birthday card - step 2
Stamp or write a sentiment onto a white heart, then layer onto a lilac heart and a larger white heart. With the card shut, wrap ribbon around the centre and attach the heart to the front of your pop-up birthday card.

Step 3

How to make a pop-up birthday card - step 3
Cut and fold the peacock body using the free paper peacock template twice from mint green card. Cut coloured hearts in half for eyes, feathers and beak, then attach. Glue the body pieces together and add to the base centrally, 1cm from the bottom.

Step 4

How to make a pop-up birthday card - step 4
Trim 2cm from an 8cm lilac circle and 2.5cm from a 10.5cm mint green circle and a 12cm teal circle. Score and fold all circles 2cm from the straight edge and fold in half. Cut from the bottom edge to fold.

Step 5

How to make a pop-up birthday card
Cut out eight feathers in lilac, purple and dark purple using the three smallest feather templates from your free pop-up card template. Layer together. Attach green circles, turquoise hearts and gems. Snip to create a fringe around the feathers.

Step 6

How to make a pop-up birthday card
Cut out eight mint green feathers using the second largest feather template from the pop-up card template and eight aqua feathers using the middle-sized feather from the pop-up birthday card template. Layer together. Add teal circles, lilac hearts and gems. Snip to create a fringe around the feathers.

Step 7

How to make a pop-up birthday card
Cut out eight teal feathers using the largest feather template from your free pop-up card template and eight turquoise using the second largest feather template. Layer together. Add mint green hearts, lilac circles and gems. Fringe. Add feathers to the semi-circles from step 4.

Step 8

How to make a pop-up birthday card
Glue the folded flaps of the lilac circle to either side of the fold line, 1cm from the body. Angle the flaps so the panel will lie flat when the card is closed. Attach the mint green circle and the teal circle.
Congratulations – you have finished your pop-up birthday card!
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Download your free pop-up card template:

To download the free pop-up card template, click on the link below and it will open in a new window. You can then save/download the templates!

Pop up card template

Download your free pop-up birthday card template

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our pop-up birthday card tutorial. If you’re on the hunt for more pop-up projects, why not try your hand at making this fun corner pop-up card for your next creative project.