Oooh I am so excited to share a brand new Pop Up Card Project with you! I am just a little bit obsessed with Pop Up cards.. mainly because they are much much easier to make than you think, and yet oh so fun! This one is a special Valentine’s Day Card for Kids, but would of course also be suitable for Birthdays or Mother’s Day! Make this Pop Up Bear Heart Card/ Cat Card with us today!
We are not new to Pop Up Heart Cards.. and have more designs and “types” of pop up hearts for you here:
There is not just ONE way of making a pop-up heart card.. we have lots of different ones for you here:
- Paper Chain Pop Up Hearts (printable templates available)
- 3d Pop Up Heart Explosion Card
- Printable Pop Up Heart Card
- Classic Pop Up Heart Card for kids
- Hug a heart pop-up card
We love each and every one of these heart card designs.. and each one is fantastic whatever you decided to make.
Why it is great to do this craft with your kids
- Develop fine motor skills & accuracy
- Reading skills & following instructions
- Looking at symmetry & basic shapes
- Fun Seasonal activity
Pop Up Cat/ Bear Heart Cards – Materials needed
- Cardstock paper for the card
- Red paper for the heart
- Contrasting paper for the cat/ bear & decorating
- Scissors (no craft knife of cutting mat needed!)
- Glue stick
- Optional: stickers, gems, confetti, colored pencils or markers for decorating the rest of the card
Worksheet instructions plus simple bear template are available on Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s !! In the meantime, our step by step video and instructions provide sufficient information, so that you can make your own!
How to make a pop up heart card with bear – step by step instructions
Watch the How To Video tutorial for detail instructions! Or follow the step by steps below!
Cut our your basic shapes for your heart card:
Cut out the templates and trace onto your colored paper. Or create your own as per the video instructions!
You will need to cut:
- 6 paper heart shapes for the pop-up heart,
- one oval teddy bear/ cat head,
- two small circle teddy ears/ triangle cat ears,
- one oval teddy nose (in a different colour or you can draw it on later)/ small heart shaped cat nose
- question mark cat’s tail,
- 4 circle paws.
NOTE: the bear is made up of basic shapes. You can adapt it to create other animals – e.g. add pointy ears for a cat and cut out a tail too. Long bendy ears for a rabbit or floppy ones for a dog. Flex your creativity and see what other hugging animals you can make for your valentine’s day card!
Make your 3d Pop Up Heart
These hearts look lovely as “heart pop up card” as is….. ie you can glue them into the inside of a card on their own, without the animal features. But of cours, we think adding animals such as the bear or cat make this card extra cute!
Fold the 6 heart shapes in half down the middle. This creates a valley fold.
Add glue to one side of one half heart and press a second heart on top of this, so two hearts are sticking together.
Repeat until you have a stack of 6 hearts. Put to one side.
Assembling your animal features
Now assemble your bear’s/ cat’s head. Glue the ears and nose in place. With a pen add eyes and any other features – e.g. why not add an outline.
Check positioning of head and heart. Then glue the head onto your card.
Add glue to both remaining outside halves of the heart and carefully glue in place. Make sure the heart “spine” aligns with the line down the centre of your card. Don’t press down too heard on the bottom half of the heart as you need to slide the feet under.
Add glue to the circle paws and glue the hands “on top of the heart” and the feet just under.
Add details in pen and repeat for the other side.
Finishing off your cards with speech bubbles and puns
If you wish you can now decorate the rest of the card with more hearts and speech bubbles.
What puns can you think of?
- You are Bear-y nice! I love you Bear-y much!
- (We also love these printable bear hug gifts!)
- You are Paw-some! You are Purrrrr-fect!
What other animal hugs can you make and send for your special person?
Sometimes, when we feel like it, we make a second little animal face (so juct the face and ears) and stick it to the front of the card – at the bottom corner and trim the edges. Like it is peeping round. But you can just put a simple paper heart on the front too!
Once complete, write some lovely messages, pop into an envelope and post/ give them to your loved one!
My kids have made these pop up heart cards MANY times for their friend’s birthdays! So they really are suitable as Valentine’s card but also other occasions! I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial.
Want more Valentine’s day card designs? See all our wonderful Valentine’s Cards for Kids here:
Learn more about how to make Pop Up Cards here: