Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Third Birthday: The World’s Best Make-it-Yourself Birthday Card
Our Aunt Jen sent Little Miss the coolest little pop-up birthday card last week. It folds open to display a birthday cake with four candles that spring outward.
Aunt Jen is pretty handy when it comes to origami, so we initially assumed it was her original creation. And it was, but I noticed sneaky dotted lines on the inside of the folds. She informed me she used step-by-step instructions by pop-up guru Robert Sabuda.
His web site includes simple pop-up cards featuring hearts, flowers, animals, fantasy figures and simple shapes. You print a design on heavy paper or card stock, cut it out, color it, then fold and glue it.
Although the step-by-step instructions are photographed, they can be slightly confusing because you are holding cut and colored pieces in your hands while the photographed pieces are white on both sides. I also saw one set of instructions that skipped a step. So, I suggest a dry run: scribble on one side of your printed sheet and assemble it to understand the mechanics, before coloring your real card in earnest.
I trust my 3-year-old will destroy a pop-up book, but Sabuda’s make-it-yourself cards are a low investment bit of fun.