Dinosaur Pop Up Card

We’ve been making loads of birthday cards recently and this dinosaur pop up card was for F’s cousin who currently loves dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Pop Up Card


I wanted to make the centre of the card a pop-up and was planning to design my own, but when I saw this great pop-up Pterodactyl from Robert Sabuda I knew I had to make it!

I printed out the template and got F to colour it on both sides before I cut out the shape. Note: the template also comes with a card base with “glue here” marks. I found that these didn’t match the size of the Pterodactyl, so I got F to scribble on regular white card with green and yellow, then I cut the card to the correct size.

Dinosaur Pop Up Card

I then followed the instructions as given on the site. The 25 steps looked rather daunting at first, but the instructions are well written and fairly straightforward. This pop up card is very dramatic!

Dinosaur Pop Up Card

For the front of the card we used a Stegosaurus-shaped sponge to get some prints during a painting session.

Dinosaur Pop Up Card

I outlined it with black marker so that the edges were defined. I glued this onto the front of the card and added text and decorations.

Dinosaur Pop Up Card

I love how this was a joint effort between me and F, and his cousin (now 5) really loved it, naming both types of dinosaur straight away.

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