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Pop-Up Monster

Learn two commonly used paper engineering mechanisms to make a fun paper pop-up creature!

Pop-Up Monster

Do you like pop-ups? Interested in how they work? You’re in the right place!

I am a professional paper engineer (those are just fancy words for "pop-up designer"), and I work in Robert Sabuda’s studio (http://www.robertsabuda.com), where we design children’s pop-up books (among other things). We love teaching people how to make pop-ups of their own! For more templates and instructions about making pop-ups, check out the Make Your Own Pop-Ups section on Robert’s website.

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You will need a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch 110 lb card stock or other heavy paper, some scissors, a marker or pencil, and decorating materials.

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Take a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and fold it in half.

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Draw a line (about 45 degrees) from the folded edge to the middle of the page

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Cut along the line with scissors.

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  • Fold the point towards you and crease it well.
  • Fold it backwards along the same fold and crease well.

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Fold the very tip of the point forwards and backwards.

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  • Open the card and push the main point forward as you close the card.
  • This is called a V-fold, because the folds are at an angle from the middle fold of the card.

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The card should look like this when it's closed.

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Open the card slightly and push the creased tip downwards and inwards. You now have a big v-fold with a little v-fold on top.

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Close the card and draw two short parallel lines, about 3/4 inches long, in the middle of the folded edge.

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Cut along the lines with scissors, through all four layers of the card.

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  • Fold the tab backwards and forwards at the ends of the cuts. Make sure the new fold is parallel to the v-fold's edge.
  • Repeat on the other tab on the opposite side of the card.

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  • Open the card and push the tab on the right side inwards as you re-close the card.
  • Repeat on the other side.

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  • You now have layer folds coming off of your main v-fold - eyes for your creature!
  • Your monster is now ready to decorate in any way you choose!

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