These can be adapted to any holiday or celebration and once you have the basic technique down, the options are endless.
card stock paper, decorative or color paper (if available) scissors, markers or crayons, glue, white circles for snowmen, green triangles for trees, squares for presents etc..
1. The card consists of two cards glued together, therefore, you need to cut out the same size and shape of one white card and one decorative card. We cut two 15 cm X 25 cm pieces of paper and then folded each in half, although any size is fine as long as the two cards are the same .
2. Take the inside white card and cut into the fold three ‘bars’ as shown in picture. Do NOT cut across the top connecting line. It looks best if the bars have different heights and are spaced asymmetrically.
3. Push these ‘bars’ until they pop out to the inside of the card. These will be the stands for the pop-up decorations. Make sure to crease the edges of the bars so they are nice and sturdy.
This is a view from the back.
This is a view from the front.
4. Decorate the inside of the card. We used simple white circles to make snowmen and green triangle for trees. Another idea is a square for a present. We found pre-cut sheep for nengajo and used those to me make a New Year Card. Glue the standing bars and paste the decorations on (it is better not to glue the decorations as they may stick to the back of the card).
5. Now take the second folded piece of paper that is the same size as the card and lightly glue entire surface on the non-decorative side. Place the inside card onto the second card, careful not to glue the bars down. Your child can continue to decorate the inside or front of the card to their heart’s delight!
HI! I live in Northern Japan on the Oga peninsula and love making crafts with my children and enjoying the beautiful surroundings with my family.
I also run a small company, Sora, that sells handmade clothing, bags and accessories! www.sorajapan.org