Festive DIY Pop Up Christmas Card (Free Template!)

Make an unique DIY pop up Christmas card with a beautiful Poinsettia flower design! You will love this fun Christmas paper craft with our Free printable templates !

Do you want to add a little something special this year when you send a Christmas gift or a holiday card? Try this easy DIY pop up Christmas card!

Make an unique DIY pop up Christmas card with a beautiful Poinsettia flower design! Fun & easy Christmas paper craft with free printable templates!

Everyone loves handmade Christmas cards, especially when there is a big surprise 3d flower hidden inside! It is also a great way to for us to indulge in some creative activities like paper crafts and card making! 

No time to make a card? We got you covered! Download our free printable Christmas cards here. All you need to do is print, fold, and send! 

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Materials and tools to make DIY pop up Christmas card

Check out the video tutorial or skip to written tutorial below!

This card is made using similar techniques as our DIY pop up Mother’s day card and happy birthday card with pop up watercolor flower.

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Step 1: Print and cut Christmas Poinsettia flowers and leaves

Print the front and back side of the Christmas Poinsettia flower and leaf template designs . The back side has light colors since this is a 3D card. Choose the “print on both sides” option when you print, and select “flip over”. ( Not “flip up”)

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Check out the video above if you are unsure of any steps. Cut the outline of each flower layer, and fold them along the dotted lines with the petal lines showing at top. The loose leaves are extras you can use at the end if you want. No need to cut them yet.

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Cut the large shapes #1 through #5, fold and glue each piece as shown below.

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Fold green leaf template #1 in half, matching the two tabs, fold in between the petals along the cut lines, glue the end part marked “1” to the end petal . Repeat with the rest of the flower pieces #2 – #5.

Step 2: Fold and glue flower layers

Once you have the nestling flower pieces ready, we are going to glue piece #1 through #4 together.

The key to this step is to carefully match the tip of each tab on each flower layer, and use just a dot of glue on each tab. I will show detailed photos. You can also watch the video tutorial above to follow along.

Place red flower layer #2 inside green leaf layer #1, fold the tabs of each layer so the end tips of the tabs matches. Glue the tabs of layer #1 to layer #2. Repeat with flower layers #3 and #4.

glue pop up flowers

IMPORTANT: Once all the layers are glued together on these tabs, put a dot of glue between the back of the tabs on layer #1 and the back of layer #1 leaf petals, and press together. This will help the flower open to full size.

Step 3: assemble DIY pop up Christmas card

handmade Christmas card cover

Print out the cover for our DIY pop up Christmas card. You can use either white card stock  or ivory card stock to print the cover. The ivory card stock makes the printable Christmas cards look more vintage.

Center the stack of flowers vertically inside the card, and line it up with the folded line. Put a dot of glue on the back of the tabs and press together the cover and the flower tab. Do this on the front and back cover. Check out the video above if you are unsure of this step.

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Add the flower center #5, and some leaves as final touches. You just need a little dab of glue to attach the flower center. See video.

Helpful tip: how to create a clean fold on your DIY pop up Christmas card

After you print the designs on card stock, you will see a subtle dotted line in the middle of the page. 

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Take a butter knife or a dried ball point pen, place a rigid ruler or straight edge next to the dotted line, and create a score line on the card stock. 

This will help you create a very clean fold.

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