Help your young artist get creative with a fun 3-D paper art project. Pop-up cards are popular and a Valentine’s Day card is easy to make. All your budding paper engineer needs is a few supplies to construct this lovely card.
Heavy white paper (not card stock but heavier than printer paper)
Optional: Construction paper, foil pipe cleaners, tape and glitter glue.
What You Do:
The most basic Valentine’s Day pop up is a three dimensional heart that stands out from the card when the card is opened. To make this kind of pop-up, have your kid cut out a rectangular piece of heavy white paper down so it's the desired size and fold the paper in half.
On the crease, use the pencil to draw a heart. Tell you child that this pencil line is his cutting line, but that he doesn’t want to cut the entire length of the line or he'll have a heart cut-out instead of a heart pop-up.
Ask him to erase about ¼ of the line at the outermost edge of the lobe and cut along the remaining pencil line.
Have him fold the card closed. The heart should “pop out.” If it doesn't, ease it forward with your finger tip. Once the card is closed, heavily crease the folded lines.
Encourage him to reopen the card and decorate the heart. Warn him to not use glue or heavy paint over the folds. If he does, the card might not open and close or the glue will crack and flake when he opens and closes the card.