How to Make Pop-Up Trees for a Project

Pop-ups in books and cards provide a delightful surprise for anyone who finds them. These three-dimensional objects seem to jump off the page, and they make the project more realistic and exciting. You can use pop-up trees to create a very special Christmas card or a nature scene in a book or school project. All it takes is a few simple art supplies and your imagination.


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      Fold a piece of construction paper in half and cut four parallel lines into the folded edge that extend about 1/3 of the way across the paper.

    • 2

      Open the paper and poke up the two flaps of paper made by the cuts, so that the creases in the middle of them point toward you rather than away from you. These flaps make the tree trunks.

    • 3

      Cut two tree tops, in proportion to your trunks and in whatever shape you choose, from another piece of construction paper. Make sure your tree tops will fit inside the folded piece of paper when it is closed.

    • 4

      Glue the tree tops to the trunks.

    • 5

      Glue another piece of folded paper to the outside of the first to create a pop-up card, or glue the first piece of paper into the pages of a blank book if it's being used for a larger project.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate your pop-up tree scene with more construction paper shapes, glitter and other art supplies to create a three-dimensional scene.
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