How to Make Pop Up Books?

Follow these simple steps to create your own pop-up book. These instructions can be used to create any type of pop-up, from a simple greeting card to an elaborate scene.

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Intro

Pop up books are a fun and easy way to make reading interactive for kids of all ages. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make pop up books, here’s a quick and easy guide!

What You’ll Need:
-Paper
-Scissors
-Tape or glue
-Markers or crayons (optional)

Instructions:
1. Start by folding your paper in half lengthwise. This will be the spine of your book.
2. Cut two equal rectangles out of the folded paper. These will be your pages. Unfold them and set them aside.
3. Fold each page in half again lengthwise. Then, cut along the fold to create two equal-sized strips of paper.
4. Now it’s time to start creating your pop ups! For the first pop up, take one strip of paper and fold it in half crosswise. Crease well and then open it back up so that it lies flat.
5. Cut a small square out of the center of the paper strip, being careful not to cut through the folded edges.
6. Fold each side of the paper strip inward so that they meet in the middle, forming a accordion fold. Tape or glue the sides together to secure them in place.
7. Next, take your second strip of paper and repeat steps 5-6 to create another accordion fold pop up.
8. To finish your pop up book, tape or glue one accordion strip to each page, making sure that the pop ups are facing outwards. Add any additional embellishments like markers or crayons if you’d like!

What You’ll Need

In order to make your own pop up book, you’ll need the following materials:
-A4 white card (or thick paper)
-Scissors
-Glue
-A pen
-A black marker

Once you have gathered all of the materials, you are ready to start making your pop up book!

Making the Pop Up Base

To make a pop up book, start by folding a sheet of construction paper in half and then scoring it along the fold with a butter knife. Next, fold each side of the paper in towards the center so that the paper forms a triangle. Once you have your triangle, cut a slit down the center of the triangle from the top point to the bottom point. Then, cut another slit perpendicular to the first one about 1 inch away from the center. Once you have your 2 slits, open up the paper and fold each corner of the outermost flap in to meet at the center. Tape or glue these corners down, and then do the same thing to the other side. For more tips, including how to make pop ups using cardstock, read on!

Adding Pop Up Elements

Pop up books are a fun and unique way to add an element of surprise to your reading experience. They can be made with a variety of materials, including paper, cardboard, fabric, and even metal. The best pop up books are those that are custom made to fit the story being told. Here are some tips on how to make your own pop up book.

1. Choose your material. Pop up books can be made from a variety of materials, including paper, cardboard, fabric, and metal. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, so choose the one that best fits your needs.

2. Cut out the shapes you need. Once you have your material chosen, you will need to cut out the shapes that you need for your pop up book. If you are using paper or cardboard, you can use a template to make sure that all of your pieces are the same size and shape.

3. Assemble your book. Once you have all of your pieces cut out, it’s time to assemble your book! Start by gluing or taping the base layer of your book together. Then, begin adding in the pop up elements one at a time. Be sure to secure each piece so that it doesn’t move around when the book is opened or closed.

4. Decorate your book. The final step is to decorate your book however you like! You can use markers, paint, glitter, and more to make your pop up book truly unique

Decorating Your Pop Up Book

There are many ways to decorate your pop up book. You can use paint, markers, crayons, and even collage materials. Be creative and have fun!

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to make pop up books. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you.

Further Reading

There are many different ways to make a pop up book. Some people use simple materials like construction paper, while others use more complex materials like accordion paper or pop up template sheets. There are even kits available that have all the materials you need to make a pop up book.

If you want to learn how to make a pop up book, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you need to decide what type of book you want to make. There are two main types of pop up books: self-contained and interactive. Self-contained books have all the pop ups and illustrations contained within the pages of the book, while interactive books have pop ups that extend beyond the pages of the book.

Once you know what type of book you want to make, you need to gather your materials. For self-contained books, you will need cardstock, scissors, glue, and a pen or pencil. For interactive books, you will need cardstock, scissors, glue, a pen or pencil, and string or ribbon.

Once you have your materials gathered, you can start cutting out your templates. If you are making a self-contained book, you will need to cut out two identical covers and two sets of page template shapes. If you are making an interactive book, you will only need to cut out one cover and one set of page template shapes. Once your templates are cut out, you can start assembling your pages.

For self-contained books, start by folding each page in half lengthwise. Then take one cover and glue it to the first page template shape. Continue gluing pages together until all pages are glued together and the cover is attached. For interactive books, start by folding the cover in half lengthwise. Then take one page template shape and glue it to the inside front cover flap. Continue gluing pages together until all pages are glued together and the cover is attached. Once your pages are glued together, you can start adding your pop ups!

To add a pop up element to a self-contained book, first draw your design on the back side of one page template shape. Then cut out your design on the drawn lines and fold along the remaining lines until your design pops up from the page! To add a pop up element to an interactive book, first draw your design on the back side of one page template shape. Cut out your design on the drawn lines being careful not to cut along any fold lines! Once your design is cut out, glue it onto another page template shape along with any string or ribbon needed to create your interactive element before folding along remaining lines and attaching it to your book’s cover flap!

Credits

The author of this pop-up book tutorial is Robert Sabuda. For his fantastic work in the field of pop-up books, he has earned awards including the Caldecott Medal, American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Award, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Picture Books, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, and many others.

About the Author

Dena M. Bennett is a writer, editor, and book designer specializing in pop-up books and other novelty features. After working as a publications editor for an environmental nonprofit organization, she launched her own freelance business, Dena M. Bennett Ink, in 2006. In addition to writing and editing articles, books, and other materials for clients nationwide, Dena designs and builds custom pop-up books, teaches pop-up book workshops, and speaks about the art of making pop-ups.

Disclaimer

Before we get started, let’s get one thing out of the way – making a pop up book is not easy. It’s going to take some time, effort, and patience. But, if you’re willing to put in the work, the end result will be a unique and beautiful book that will impress your friends and family. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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