Age suitability: 5 years +
You will need:
- A4 white card
- Glue stick…Or sellotape
- Watercolour pencils
- Fineliner pens
- Thin paintbrush
- Something to cover the table (if your child is prone to mess)
1. Cover your table with a mat or sheet if you’re worried about mess – this isn’t a particularly messy craft project but accidents can happen.
2. Place a piece of card flat on the table and starting from the top left corner draw horizontal stripes in alternating colours using the watercolour pencils. The amount of pressure you apply with the watercolour pencils will influence how strong the colour is at the end so for a more washed out look apply lightly.
3. Once you have covered the card with your design, lightly dip the paintbrush in water and gently run it across your stripes. Try to follow the stripes carefully and blend them out into the next ones subtly, otherwise you may smudge your colours too much and end up mixing them into a brown colour.
4. Allow your design to dry fully (this usually takes about 10 minutes) and then fold the card in half with the rainbow design on the inside.
5. With your card folded in half, find the middle of the crease and make two cuts with your scissors. These should be about 1 inch apart from each other, and just under an inch long (about 2cms).
6. Open your card and push the little tab you created in step 5 so that it folds inside the card. You now have a small platform for your pop up shape to sit on.
7. Take another piece of card and sketch the shape that you want the pop up to be. Keep in mind that the shape will need to fold up neatly within the card so we wouldn’t recommend any bigger than 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. We simply wanted our shape to display a message so we used a ruler to draw a plain rectangle.
8. Once you’ve sketched your shape, carefully cut it out. You can then decorate it with fun drawings or a message. We used fineliner pens to write our message so that we could stick with our colourful rainbow theme but still achieve neat lettering.
9. Now that you’ve decorated your shape, you can attach it to the platform we made in step 6. Position the shape so that the bottom is level with the lowest part of the tab (it doesn’t matter if it’s taller than the tab, but it must not be lower or the card will not fold up without damaging your shape). You can then use glue or a loop of sellotape to stick your shape in place. You should now have a functioning pop up shape!
10. The last thing to do is decorate your card however you like (inside and out). If your shape did not include a message then perhaps you could write one just below. Glitter and stickers are another great way to customise your card with a personal look, or else just draw some fun shapes with fineliner pens like we did! Once complete, simply pop in an envelope and deliver to your loved one.
Let us know how you get on in the comments box below.