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Pop Up Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Pop Up

Possibly the most fascinating Christmas card out there is the pop up Christmas card, and they can be anywhere from an extraordinary professionally made Christmas card to an extraordinary home made pop up Christmas card. Either way, they are among my favorite greetings cards, and I love it when someone sends me one.

What you do have to be careful of with pop up Christmas cards is how they are handled and who handles them. The very pop up that makes them so interesting also is the thing that causes them to catch on to something easily and tear.

When I get a card like that I either put it up high on the wall to let grownups look and enjoy it, or I show children while holding it myself. If you are too nice in this area, you might make friends with the little ones, but you won't have a Christmas card left when their fascination disassembles it in a hurry.

On the positive side though, they are wonderful gifts to receive, and they can be included as part of your Christmas decorations year after year as long as you take care of them.

Here are a few that go from the simple to the very professional pop up Christmas cards, and all of them look great in my estimation. 

Homemade Pop up Christmas Cards

It may not seem like it, but homemade pop up Christmas cards aren't that difficult to make, and I've shown a couple here that look nice and would be a lot of fun to make. Family members and close friends especially like to receiver cards made by their family and friends as it adds a great personal touch and shows you made a real effort. Either of these two handmade pop up Christmas cards below would be a great gift to make and give to someone.

You can tell by looking at these two homemade pop up Christmas cards below that it wouldn't take a lot of time and effort to make something people would appreciate while looking good. I probably like the Christmas gift one the best, more than likely because of the color. But the white snowflakes with the trees look great too.


Homemade Pop Up Christmas Card of Stacked Gifts


Pop Up Christmas Card Santa and Sleigh

This 3-D pop up Christmas card is a good example of why I enjoy them so much. Look at the way the presents on the right seem to be flying out of the sleigh while it's traveling. You just don't get that look with a regular Christmas card.


Pop up Christmas Card of Santa Mouse

This is a fun pop up Christmas card just for having a Santa mouse as part of the image. But you take in the crackling fire and the layered 3-D objects and it really gives it depth and a cool feel. Really nice card.


Great Santa and Sleigh Pop Up Christmas Card

This gives a different look, as Santa's not a pop up, but the reindeer and snow-covered trees in front are. It, again, gives it the feeling of depth, and I find it compelling how Santa's hand before the moon also makes it seem more real.


Another Santa and Sleigh Pop Up Christmas Card

This is my favorite of all those pop up Christmas cards I've included here, for several reasons. First, look at the lead reindeer and how they look shadowed and far away. Then the reindeer closest to the sleigh are darker and give the illusion of being closer, then of course you have the sleigh of Santa which pops up, again, giving it even more depth.

That's the secret to pop up Christmas cards, the way the image appears to have depth and 3 dimensions to it.


Fantastic Pop Up Christmas Cards

Looking at all these great pop up Christmas cards show why they're fun to make and fun to receive. If you really get some you like and want to preserve, as I mentioned before, they won't last more than a minute if you put them in the hands of children, as they can't resist pulling on the pop ups to see what happens. Just keep them away and in high places and you should do okay with them.


Abby Slutsky from America on October 01, 2020:

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These are wonderful cards. They look great, and cards have gotten so expensive (if you don't go to a Dollar Store) that it is worthwhile to make them.

Georgina Crawford from Dartmoor on December 17, 2014:

Great cards. I always make my own cards and I've beenthinking about making pop ups. Your article has inspired me to have a go. This years's design is done, so maybe next year. I likecthe gift box one. Very effective. Rating, sharing and following you.

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Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 08, 2014:

These are so cute. I have watched others make them and they really do turn out nicely. I have not mastered this art as of this date.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Rebecca on December 05, 2014:

Nothing beats the festive feeling of receiving a christmas card and more so when its a pop-up one.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 15, 2014:

i am going to make pop up xmas card this year thanks

Hezekiah from Japan on September 05, 2014:

Nice Hub, looks like some more exiting crafts to do with the kids.

Thanks for sharing.

Fay Favored from USA on August 24, 2014:

I've made a few of this type of card, but nothing like these. What pretty cards.

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on December 09, 2013:

WoW !!!! These are beautiful cards, INDEED.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on November 22, 2013:

Reminds me of my high school Christmas project, where we would make pop up Christmas cards and give to the ones we were designated to give to. It was a fun project. :)

anonymous on November 07, 2013:

im gonna try the gift one i fine it looks really pretty but to improve this websitea nd attract more people u should say how to make it because when people see

pretty stuff they wanna know how to make it

But really nice stuff i love it

dd on January 07, 2013:


megan on December 23, 2012:

why didn't you tell us how to make them

someone on December 12, 2012:

I'm going to make the present one! :)

virgin on November 15, 2012:

can i have da block for tht gft box poppng crd??

Adriana Rivera Acosta on December 23, 2011:

Can i cover you in Santa dropings?

Cause' im in the mood to smell some Nozas

And what about that Khols smell?aint it nasty?

Well imma just leave you with the thingmabob

angel melisa on December 19, 2011:

they are so great and sweet but i want to know how did yo do this card? thank u so much...

sara khan on December 18, 2011:

i liike the one with the red thingys

rose on December 17, 2011:


lilly on December 15, 2011:

i think that its realyyy good howevr u could of iproved it ok!!!


linda on December 13, 2011:

Take a sheet of 8.5 X 11" card Stock.

Trim 2" off the 11" length to make the sheet= 8.5 X 9"

Fold the 9" length in the center.

At this point you will have 4.5" wide X 8.5" tall card.

While it is folded, trim 1.5" off the heigth.

The card should measure 4.5" wide by 7" tall as folded.

From the folded side of the card, you will make a total of 4 cuts in.

1st cut:Measure 1" up from the bottom and cut 2" in.

2nd cut:Measure 2" up from the 1st cut, and cut 2" in.

3rd cut:Measure 1.5" up from the 2nd cut, and cut 1.5" in

4th cut:Measure 1" up from 3rd cut, and cut 1" in.

While the card is still folded, fold each "flap" and crease at the end of the slits. Each box as you go up the tiers will be creased 1/2" closer to the fold.

Open the card up and push the folds out.

Awesome me! on December 12, 2011:

Cute cards! Any way you to teach the veiwers how to make it?

nobody on December 11, 2011:

how do you make the present one? i want it but i dont want to spend any money.

deborah bodia on December 05, 2011:

the website should also add the process or how to make this pop-up christmas cards

killer217 on December 02, 2011:

bets i eva seen


bennie on November 28, 2011:

is there any instructions on how to create these cards?

beth91middelton on November 21, 2011:

hey these are awesome just how do you make them?

cupcake on November 18, 2011:

these cards look amazing, i really life the gift one and the christmas trees but how do make the


MDOG on November 18, 2011:

Wow these are really kwl. I have no Idea of how u came up with them.

Awesome dude

lolz on November 08, 2011:

wata kul....luvin iyt

Sharon on October 14, 2011:


I'd love to make the present card, but am having trouble figuring out how to do it. Do you have the measurements for the cuts?


Diksha on October 14, 2011:

I Like


Please can i customize my own christma and new year greeting cards by unicef? how much will it cost me. my e- mail address is

raiz4hs on December 16, 2010:

bgamall and aya katz....we humans are one complicated piece of Divine Engineering, are we not?!

But when we care for our selves, we are honoring the Divine within us, we are Temples of the Most High.

But you know...I still overindulge ice cream and chocolate ! :D

Thanks for stopping by,


scubasara385 16 months ago

I just realized that I have drank around 20,000 cans of soda in my life. I wish I would have thought about this sooner! I will make sure my children are educated about the dangers so they can make better decisions.

SparklingJewel 16 months ago

Yes, we all have our "wake-up calls". Mine was watching my 2 year old banging himself around after a few cans I was unaware he had been drinking from at a family gathering...wasn't pretty.

michelle 15 months ago

Hello! I just came across this wonderful article as i was trying to research soda without sodium benzoate or phosphoric acid. Is there any such thing? Even the homemade soda makers provide syrups with those ingredients. There MUST be some way to create these sodas without it, no?

I would appreciate your insight into this!




SparklingJewel 15 months ago

Hi Michelle, you know, I don't know if there is such a thing...a natural foods store/coop might have something. But the makers of these chemicals sure still have a market for it, until we all wise up :D

Once upon a time, when there weren't so many foods and drinks with these types of chemicals, we were ok because we didn't consume too much of them. But now days, too many foods and drinks have these kinds of things and they are affecting us adversely.

Thanks for stopping by :D

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Candice on October 16, 2010:

I bought 5 of the santa and sleigh, your favourite one. And I was very dissappointed. Really dark print, small and not much glitter. Waste of money.

iZeko on August 04, 2010:

These cards are so adorable!!

Mar on December 18, 2009:

im for argentina and i don't speak english... :)

i love Christmas Day , and i love make cards for my family and my friends and .... i don't know ....

its funny


Mariana (argentine) 13 yeas old

HandmadeChristmas on October 14, 2009:

Lovely Christmas Cards that are just that bit different. Reminds me of ones from my childhood.

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