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Pop Up Christmas Cards

These DIY pop up Christmas cards are easy to make, thanks to the fact that you can now get circle paper punches in a variety of sizes.

snowman pop out cards

Not that long ago, it was hard to find circle punches in more that one or two sizes. In the last few years, probably due to the growth of paper crafts or something, things are totally different and you can even get picky about what you want to buy at your local craft store.

Now, It isn’t the worst thing in the world, to have a snowman made with just one or two size circles, but they sure do look a lot more, um, sophisticated or something when you have a definite small, medium and large, as shown here.

Just be sure to cut all the circles and snowflakes ahead of time. Don’t make the mistake I did which was to think I could punch out plenty while students worked. Stress is having students use circles faster than you can make them, and as you can guess, these use up quite a few.

An alternative solution is to buy extra punches so students can cut their own. Mine were always pretty fascinated with how a perfect circle can come out from a single punch.

• Card stock paper: colored for card, white for snowman, scraps of brown and black for arms and hat
Circle punch, 3″*
• Circle punch, 2″*
• Circle punch, 1.5″*
• Snowflake punch, small
• Glue stick
• Markers, black, orange

*The above product links are referrals. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense to you.

PREP: Cut five of each size circle out of white card stock, and about 5 or so snowflakes.
1. Students start with five of the 3″ circles. Each is folded in half and creased. They are stacked together like a sandwich and glued in between. When done, glue the two sides to the bottom of the card.
2. Repeat Step 1 with the 2″ circles to make the center of the snowman.
3. Do the same with Step 1 with the 1.5″ circles to make the top of the snowman.
4. Cut out scraps to make arms and hat.
5. Use markers to draw the face.

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