Father's Day Pop-Up Card

Create a pop-up card, made specially for Dad. This is a good project to enlist Mom's help.

Here's what you'll need:
-- Pencil
-- Scissors
-- Glue
-- Ruler
-- Colored paper, 2 sheets (approximately 8.5" x 11")
-- Crayons
-- Markers
-- Glitter (if desired)

Choose a place where you'll have plenty of room to work. Protect your work area, by placing a thick piece of cardboard or a craft mat on the table. Before you start, gather materials and read through all the steps. (You might want to practice on a scrap sheet of paper.)

Directions for Pop-Up Card:
1. Hold one piece of paper with the short side at the bottom. Fold in half, bringing the top down. Firmly crease the fold with your fingernail.

2. Using your ruler and pencil, make a dot at the center of the creased fold. Measure one inch to the right of this center dot, and using the ruler draw a straight 2" line (at right angle to crease). Repeat the measure and cut on the left side. At this point you should have two 2" slits at the top of your card.

3. Open the card, positioning the center, cut out, section forward. It should form a cube when opened. Crease the front and bottom section of the cube, and close the card, folding the cube flat (facing toward you so that it pops up when you open the card).

4. Take the second piece of paper and glue it to the other side of the card. Your Father's Day card will be rectangular (approximately 5.5" x 8.5") and will open from the bottom.

5. For the pop-up you can draw and then cut out a heart or other design of your choice (make it taller than the box -- around 3" high and about 2" wide). Get creative. You might want to cut out a picture to place on the pop-up cube or glue on a family portrait. Put glue on the cube section only and fold the card closed, being certain the pop-up lies flat. Your design will pop up, covering much of the cube when the card is opened.

6. Now the fun really begins. You might want to write Happy Father's Day on the front of your card, with a message to Dad inside. Color and decorate the card, inside and out, using crayons, markers, and glitter. Use your imagination!

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