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3D Pop Up Tree Card

By: Shivani Karwal for
Updated August 28, 2017

Give your loved ones a special surprise along with your season's greetings by creating a 3D Pop Up Tree Card. It's such an easy paper craft that it will only take you minutes, but will have a lasting impression on whoever receives it. Making a whole stack of these homemade Christmas cards won't take you long, so forget buying the same old boring cards at the store! Once you've learned how to make unique Christmas cards like this, you won't be able to go back to store bought cards.


  • 2 pieces of papers (one should be green and the other can be any color)
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Scissors


  1. Fold both of the papers in half.
  2. Draw a tree design on the green one as shown below.

    Here is a more clear version of the design. Remember you do not have to be very neat as this will all pop out and look beautiful in the end.
  3. Then cut along the ‘wavy’ lines of the tree. Make sure not to cut along the outer diagonal line. Then one by one fold the cuts towards the inside.
  4. Once you are done folding all the cuts inwards, make a small snip for the trunk and fold that inward as well. The cuts may not begin at the same level but that is fine and, in fact, even better as that will add more dimension to your tree.

    Your finished card will look like this- A pop-up Christmas Tree Card. I decorated mine with rhinestones and a golden star on top. Happy Crafting!


How to Make a 3D Pop Up Tree Card Video Tutorial:


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What a cute card! I really like projects like this that are easy to do but have a real "wow" factor. I think that it would be cute to glue on some glitter or sequins on the tree. I think that my older students would have fun making these for their family and friends. I can't wait to make a bunch of these up to send out over the holidays!

What a cute and creative idea! I think this would be fun to try this year.

I love books with pop ups. Now I can teach my daughter how to make one. It's a really nice craft for young kids. It is so easy but I hope you can add other pop-up ideas that younger kids can do. And maybe teach us how to add more colored papers. This is fun!

I can think of several people that my kids could give these cards to at school and church. Do you have any other pop-up ideas? I love the style and would make several of these to ensure everyone got a different design if I could. Thank you for making a neat idea with some depth.

Had to turn the volume off at the end of the tutorial because there are multi videos going in the background. This is such a lovely Christmas card and am looking forward to making some so easy and very affordable. This card is so different from store bought and anyone receiving one will be super glad they did. I love that you can decorate it with jewels or maybe even some embellishments for your own special touch.Very nice.

This is a creative and fun idea.

very nice and simple to make


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