So I made this for my husband along with my kids for this year, so that's why this is coming out on Father's Day, but something cool to think about for next year or inspired for other homemade cards. You definitely make it your own for who you are making it for. We made this one for my husband who LOVES disc golf. And for those who don't know, disc golf is played in the woods, hence the "Big Foot" character and giant tree and our pun inspired disc golf "Have a rippin' Father's Day!" and his love for puns.
You can change the theme to whatever you would like and use it for Father's Day or any holiday or birthday where you would like to make someone a pop-up card.
1. Construction paper
2. markers, colored pencils or crayons
Steps to make Pop-Up Card
Time estimate: 30 minutes - 1 hour *depends on how many pieces you include, details, and background
1. Draw out a rough draft of what you're pop-up card will look like to have an idea of heights you will want the pieces you'll be making that will "pop out" to make sure they will fit on the lengths of the cuts you choose and what you're scene will look like. This will help in not having to restart or having any mix-ups.
2. Fold a piece of paper in half and push down the crease. Then cut parallel strips at varying lengths, but not too long so selected pieces won't stick out when folded up.
3. Glue a second sheet of construction paper on the outside of the card so the holes from the parallel lines won't show when folded and you will have this be the front and back of the card. This second piece of paper can be whatever color you choose and helps give a little extra strength to your card when making your pop up card pieces for the inside. I learned this the hard way by not adding in the second piece of paper until the end when I finished the "pop-up" part.
4. Create the background of your card, meaning the part that will not "pop-up". I learned the hard way to do all of this first, but now you will know that it's easier to follow these steps.
5. Create your pieces, cut out, and glue onto the parallel strips that should stand like picture on left side below. Create anymore of the background that is not pop-up before putting your "pop-up" pieces on if near the strips when laid down, easier to color before those pieces on glued on.
Picture on right shows putting your pieces onto the different strips. Be careful with this step, you can easily break pieces, very delicate when putting on the glue.
6. Finish up any wording you want on the card for the front (left) and inside (right). You could make this by drawing, writing, or using construction paper. It's up to you and your personal design you want it to look like.
You are finished! Way to go for a "thoughtful handmade" card for your loved one made by you and inspired by who they are.
Our family has really fallen in love with whirligigs and it's all because of their grandfather, Richard Walter Vanderpool, Jr. He loves making them and recently made one for my daugthter of a bird that she can paint herself. What's neat is when we inspire each other like this, how much we naturally learn. It's such an amazing way of feeling connected when you create something that's yours and then getting to share it with others when you see that it inspires them. I'm so glad Papa has shared these passions with us...he's even let us "peeked" at his workshop where the magic happens. He has them lined all up and down their porch and fence in their yard and I just love how much we all love them. They are so fun. It really is the small things that mean so much in life and it's because you can see the thought and passion in them. Thank you Papa for sharing your heart with us through these fun whirligigs.
He loves making these and sharing them and in January 2017, about a year ago, we even had three generations of family go to the Whirligig Conservation Headquarters where they are restoring these whirligigs in Wilson, NC and it was neat because they had the story of how it came to be on a bulletin board of all the bits and pieces that let you know how the process has led to this next step of a park and all that has happened during the process of how it all comes together. All because of a man who loved making whirligigs. It's a very unique form of art that is just fun and enjoyable for so many. Looking forward to going back again sometime and maybe the museum will be ready. For someone who enjoys architecture, I loved how they had a drawn out plan of what it will look like, which part of it will be like a park with central focal points of various whirligigs to enjoy. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is open now and hope to make it out there soon. When we went, we visited the warehouse where we were able to see people restoring these whirligigs and kind of the behind the scences which was really neat to learn about. Here's a few pictures I took the day we visited.
This trip really was a neat experience for all ages..the young and the old and we all had a good time. Please consider sharing this if you enjoyed it. I also learned a few cool things by wanting to research how "whirligigs" first came about but we aren't really sure, only theories. If you want to read more about the history of whirligigs, check out the Wikipedia on Whirligig.