Pop up box card tutorial

Pop up or exploding box card tutorial 

Step by step exploding box card tutorial

Step by step exploding box card tutorial

I start this post with a huge thank you to the 6,639 of you who have viewed my online pop up box card tutorial on YouTube.

I’m staggered! 6,639!!

I hope you found it useful, but for those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s an overview and a link to the tutorial.

If you’ve never made 3D cards before, this is an excellent place to start. The card structure can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 paper or cardstock. You can use a ruler and craft knife to cut your shape and score the crease lines, or you can use a score board, whichever you prefer. Either way, the results will be a fantastic card for little effort!

I’ve made a few pop up box cards during my Create and Craft demonstrations and they’re surprisingly simple to make and yet rewardingly impressive to give to a loved one (or sell on your craft stall or Etsy page).

Step by step pop up box card tutorial

Step by step pop up box card tutorial

Here’s the video and below you’ll find a written explanation. Don’t forget to send me pics of your box cards – Twitter and Instagram @KathyCrafts TV and Kathy Crafts TV on Facebook.

Happy Crafting!



How to make an exploding pop up box card

  1. Take a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock and trim down to 7 x 12 inches. Score at 2.5 inches, 5 inches, 7.5 inches and 10 inches. Cut at 10.5 inches. Do not discard the pieces you have removed from your box card as you will need these later.
  2. Between the score line you have created at 10 inches and the edge of the paper (where you cut at 10.5 inches) create a tab by cutting down the 10 inch score line from the top of the paper down 3 inches and across half an inch.For a cleaner join when fixing your box card together you can angle the tabs by cutting diagonally at the top and bottom of the tab.
  3. On each of the score lines at the top of the cardstock, cut down three inches. This will create four flaps. Fold three and keep one un-creased to form the back of the box card.
  4. To fix the box card together I used Dovecraft Perma Fix tape to make sure the tab fixing the edges of the box together was secure, but you could use normal double sided tape. Fold the score lines and bring the left panel and the right panels together. This makes it easier to fix your tab. Do this flat on the mat rather than up in the air; you will get a cleaner join.
  5. This step is optional – if you’ve used double sided card you can omit this stage if you desire. Cut a piece of card 2.25 inches by 6.75 inches and fix to the back panel. Cut three pieces of card 2.25 inches by 2.75 inches. These will fix to each of the folded flaps.Fix the patterned papers to the box card. You can use a glue runner, double sided tape or the glue of your choice.
  6. The supports inside the box are created from the card leftover when you created the card structure. These supports need to be 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches. You can create two or three supports depending on how many toppers you have. Score and fold at 0.5 inches and 3 inches. You will need each end to fold in the opposite direction.
  7. Fix the supports inside the box by attaching each of the folded ends to the sides of the box card. Make sure they are parallel to the back of the box and the box can still be folded flat for postage / inserting into an envelope. As this is the first the recipient will see of the card, I have added a sentiment and a hint of what’s inside with a topper to match the ones I’ll be putting in the card.
  8. Add the toppers you are using on your box card. Depending on the shape and size you may be able to fix these directly to the supports inside the box or you might prefer to cut some acetate into strips to raise your toppers. On my card I have four toppers, all secured with acetate strips and I’ve added a sentiment to the front.

The only limit with an exploding box card is your imagination. Here are a few other examples I have made in the last few months.


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