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How To Make A Pop Up Card For Gift Card Holder


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Blithe Melson



Welcome to the world of pop-up cards! If you’re looking for a unique and creative way to present a gift card, then making a pop-up card as a gift card holder is the perfect choice. Not only will it add a personalized touch to your gift, but it will also bring joy and surprise to the recipient.


Pop-up cards are a delightful combination of art and paper engineering. With a few materials and some basic crafting skills, you can create a beautiful and interactive card that showcases your creativity and thoughtfulness.


In this article, we will guide you through the process of making a pop-up card specifically designed to hold a gift card. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner, this step-by-step tutorial will help you create a stunning card that will impress your loved ones.


So, let your imagination soar and let’s get started on this fun and rewarding DIY project!


Materials Needed

Before we dive into making the pop-up card, let’s gather all the necessary materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardstock or sturdy craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Decorative paper or patterned scrapbook paper
  • Markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies for decorating
  • Embellishments such as stickers, ribbon, or sequins (optional)
  • Gift card or small envelope to fit the gift card

Make sure to choose cardstock or craft paper that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the pop-up mechanism and the gift card. You can also opt for decorative paper or patterned scrapbook paper to add a touch of personality to your card.


Feel free to get creative with your choice of markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies for decorating the card. You can also add extra embellishments like stickers, ribbon, or sequins to make your card even more eye-catching.


Once you have gathered all the materials, set them up in your crafting area so that they are easily accessible throughout the card-making process. Now, let’s move on to the next step: choosing your design.


Step 1: Choose Your Design

The first step in making a pop-up card for a gift card holder is to choose the design you want to create. You can go for a theme that matches the occasion or personalize it based on the recipient’s interests. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Heart Design: Create a pop-up card in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.
  2. Birthday Cake Design: Make a pop-up card with a cake-shaped pop-up element to celebrate someone’s birthday.
  3. Travel Theme: If the gift card is for a travel enthusiast, consider making a pop-up card with elements like airplanes, suitcases, and maps.
  4. Nature Theme: Choose a design with flowers, trees, or animals if the recipient enjoys nature.
  5. Holiday Theme: Create a pop-up card that captures the spirit of the upcoming holiday, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or Halloween.

Once you have a design in mind, you can either find a template online or sketch it out yourself. If you’re using a template, make sure to print it out in the appropriate size. Alternatively, you can draw your design directly on a sheet of cardstock.


Remember that the design should accommodate the size of the gift card or the envelope. It’s important to have enough space to securely attach the gift card holder without it getting in the way of the pop-up mechanism.


Now that you have chosen your design, let’s move on to the next step: gathering the supplies needed for the project.


Step 2: Gather the Supplies

Now that you have chosen your design for the pop-up card, it’s time to gather all the necessary supplies. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need:

  • Cardstock or sturdy craft paper: This will serve as the base material for your pop-up card.
  • Scissors: You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors to cut out the various elements of the card.
  • Ruler: A ruler will help you measure and create precise folds and cuts.
  • Pencil: Use a pencil to lightly mark the areas where you need to fold or cut.
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape: This will be used to secure the different parts of the card together.
  • Decorative paper or patterned scrapbook paper (optional): If you want to add an extra touch of design to your card, consider using decorative or patterned paper.
  • Markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies: These will come in handy when you’re ready to decorate your pop-up card.
  • Embellishments (optional): If you want to add some extra flair to your card, consider using embellishments like stickers, ribbons, or sequins.
  • Gift card or small envelope: You’ll need a gift card or a small envelope that can fit the gift card for the holder part of the pop-up card.

Make sure to have all the supplies readily available on your crafting area before you begin. Having everything organized and within reach will make the card-making process smoother and more enjoyable.


With the supplies gathered, you’re now ready to move on to the next step: folding the base card.


Step 3: Fold the Base Card

With your supplies at hand, it’s time to start creating the base card for your pop-up gift card holder. Follow these steps to fold the base card:

  1. Take the cardstock or sturdy craft paper you have chosen for the base card and place it in front of you.
  2. Using a ruler and a pencil, measure and mark the dimensions for your desired card size. Typically, a 5×7 inch or 6×6 inch square card works well for a pop-up gift card holder.
  3. Carefully fold the cardstock in half, aligning the edges. Use the ruler to make a crisp fold by running it firmly along the folded edge.
  4. Now, unfold the cardstock and lay it flat on the table.
  5. Next, fold the left and right edges of the cardstock towards the center fold. Make sure the edges line up neatly.
  6. Again, use the ruler to make firm creases along the folded edges to create the base card.
  7. You should now have a card with two vertical sections, providing ample space for the pop-up mechanism and the gift card holder.

Remember to take your time with the folding process to ensure the base card is neatly and evenly folded. Smooth, crisp folds will give your card a professional finish.


Once you have folded the base card, you are ready to move on to the next step: cutting the appropriate slits for the pop-up element.


Step 4: Cut the Slits

Now that you have your base card folded, it’s time to create the slits or slots for the pop-up element to come to life. Follow these steps to cut the slits:

  1. With the folded base card in front of you, decide where you want the pop-up element to appear.
  2. Carefully measure and mark the center of the inside section of the base card using a pencil.
  3. Make sure your pencil mark is about an inch or two from the bottom of the card, leaving ample space for the gift card holder.
  4. Next, draw two parallel lines vertically from the pencil mark, about one inch apart. These lines will serve as the slits for the pop-up element.
  5. With a pair of sharp scissors, carefully cut along the lines you just drew to create the slits. Make sure the slits are long enough to accommodate the height of your pop-up element.
  6. Once you have cut the slits, gently fold the popped-out strip towards you and push it through the slits, creating a 3D effect.
  7. Check that the pop-up element moves smoothly and doesn’t get stuck. If needed, adjust the slits or make them slightly wider.

Take your time while cutting the slits to ensure they are straight and accurately aligned. Clean, precise cuts will enhance the overall appearance of your pop-up card.


With the slits cut, you’re ready to move on to the next step: decorating the card to add a personal touch.


Step 5: Decorate the Card

Now that you’ve created the structure of your pop-up card, it’s time to let your creativity shine through and decorate the card. Follow these steps to add a personal touch to your creation:

  1. Start by selecting decorative paper or patterned scrapbook paper that complements your chosen design. Trim the paper to fit the front of the card, leaving a small border if desired.
  2. Using a glue stick or double-sided tape, adhere the decorative paper to the front of the card, ensuring it is centered and securely attached.
  3. Next, turn your attention to the inside of the card and the pop-up element. Consider adding a backdrop by cutting out a piece of decorative paper that fits the size of the pop-up section.
  4. Attach the backdrop to the inside of the card, making sure it aligns with the pop-up element and creates a visually pleasing backdrop to enhance the pop-up effect.
  5. Now it’s time to unleash your artistic skills. Use markers, colored pencils, or any art supplies of your choice to add designs, patterns, or messages on the front and inside of the card.
  6. Write a heartfelt message or a personalized note on the inside of the card. This is an opportunity to express your feelings and make the gift card holder even more special.
  7. Don’t forget to add any additional embellishments, such as stickers, ribbons, or sequins, to enhance the overall look of the card.

Remember to let your creativity guide you as you decorate the card. Whether it’s a simple and elegant design or a more elaborate and vibrant one, the goal is to personalize the card and make it truly unique.


With the card beautifully decorated, you’re almost done! The next step is to attach the gift card holder to the pop-up element.


Step 6: Attach the Gift Card Holder

Now that your pop-up card is decorated and ready, it’s time to attach the gift card holder to the pop-up element. Follow these steps to securely incorporate the gift card holder:

  1. Take the gift card or small envelope that will hold the gift card.
  2. Position the gift card holder on the inside of the card, aligning it with the slits you created earlier.
  3. Trace around the edges of the gift card holder to mark its position on the card.
  4. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the back of the gift card holder, ensuring you cover all edges and corners.
  5. Carefully place and press the gift card holder onto the marked position inside the card.
  6. Hold it firmly in place for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to bond and secure the gift card holder.
  7. Ensure that the gift card or small envelope fits snugly into the holder without obstructing the movement of the pop-up element.

By attaching the gift card holder to the pop-up element, you’ve successfully integrated both functionality and surprise into your pop-up card. The recipient will be delighted to discover the gift card hidden within the interactive design.


With the gift card holder securely attached, it’s time to move on to the next step: writing a heartfelt message.


Step 7: Write Your Message

Adding a heartfelt message to your pop-up card is a wonderful way to personalize your gift and make it even more special. Follow these steps to write a meaningful message:

  1. Open up the card and find a blank space on the inside where you can write your message.
  2. Consider the occasion and the relationship with the recipient as you brainstorm what to write.
  3. Start with a warm greeting such as “Dear [Recipient’s Name],” or a more casual greeting depending on your relationship.
  4. Express your feelings and appreciation for the recipient. Speak from the heart and let them know how much they mean to you.
  5. You can also mention the gift card and how you hope they enjoy using it.
  6. Consider incorporating a personal memory or inside joke to make the message even more unique and special.
  7. End the message with a closing sentiment such as “With love,” “Best wishes,” or a personalized closing that feels authentic to your relationship.
  8. Sign your name to let the recipient know that the card is from you.

Take your time to write a thoughtful message that reflects your appreciation and love for the recipient. It’s these heartfelt words that will make the gift card holder even more meaningful and cherished.


With the message written, you’re on the final step: finishing and testing the pop-up mechanism.


Step 8: Finish and Test the Pop-up Mechanism

Now that your pop-up card is almost complete, it’s time to put the finishing touches and ensure that the pop-up mechanism works smoothly. Follow these steps to wrap up your creation:

  1. Carefully check the entire card for any loose ends or areas that need reinforcement. Use glue or tape to secure any loose edges or decorations.
  2. Ensure that the pop-up element moves freely and pops up as intended when the card is opened. If the pop-up is not working properly, make adjustments to the slits or the positioning of the pop-up element.
  3. Open and close the card a few times to test the durability and functionality of the mechanism. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure it functions smoothly.
  4. Double-check that the gift card or small envelope fits properly in the holder without obstructing the pop-up movement.
  5. Take a moment to appreciate your creation and make any final adjustments or additions to the decoration if desired.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the final result, gently close the card and secure it with a ribbon or envelope, if desired, for presentation.

By completing these final steps, you have successfully created a beautifully decorated pop-up card that serves as a unique and impressive gift card holder. Your creation is now ready to be gifted and enjoyed by the recipient.


Congratulations on completing your pop-up card for a gift card holder! Your effort and creativity have resulted in a personalized and thoughtful gift that will bring joy and surprise to the lucky recipient. Enjoy the process of crafting and sharing this unique creation with your loved ones!


Once you’ve presented your pop-up card, don’t forget to capture the recipient’s reaction as they discover the hidden surprise inside. It will be a wonderful moment to treasure!



Congratulations on successfully creating a pop-up card as a gift card holder! You’ve embarked on a creative journey, combining artistry and paper engineering to produce a unique and personalized card. By following the step-by-step instructions and infusing your own creativity, you have crafted a delightful surprise for the recipient.


Throughout the process, you learned how to choose a design, gather the necessary materials, fold the base card, cut the slits, decorate the card, attach the gift card holder, write a heartfelt message, and test the pop-up mechanism. Each step allowed you to put your personal touch into the card, ensuring it reflects your thoughtfulness and creativity.


Not only is the pop-up card a functional and interactive way to present a gift card, but it also serves as a meaningful keepsake. The recipient will appreciate the effort and care you put into making this special card just for them.


Remember, this pop-up card technique can be adapted for various occasions and themes. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or just because, you can create pop-up cards that suit any celebration or gift-giving occasion.


So, the next time you want to elevate the presentation of a gift card, consider making a pop-up card as a gift card holder. It’s a wonderful way to add a touch of creativity and surprise to your gift-giving experience.


Now that you’ve learned the art of making a pop-up card for a gift card holder, let your imagination run wild and continue to explore the endless possibilities of paper crafting. Enjoy the process of creating unique and meaningful cards that will be cherished by your loved ones!