Spring is here, and Easter is just around the corner! Here’s a fun and simple pop-up card that you can make to help celebrate the season. The design is by paper artist Robert Sabuda. You can download the full pattern and instructions here: Rabbit Pattern
Following is my version of the instructions and a link to the how-to video:
1. Download and print out the template linked above. Use your favorite method to transfer the rabbit design to card stock color of your choice. I used a dried-out ball point pen to transfer the pattern onto pink card stock, and then used a pink marker to lightly define the edges after cutting out the design.
2. Following the dotted lines on the pattern, fold the front paws, hind legs, and tail towards the front of the body. Fold the mid-line towards the back. Make sure you have crisp, clean folds – this is the secret to the mechanics of your pop-up. Now flatten everything back out.
3. In the next steps, we’ll attach the rabbit to the card base. Make sure that you have already marked layout guides onto the card base as per the downloaded template.
4. Put a small amount of glue onto the back side of the front paws and match up with the layout guide on the card base.
5. Put a tiny amount of glue on the front of the back thigh, then fold this forward and press down onto the body of the rabbit.
6. Put a small amount of glue on the back side of the tail and match up with the layout guide for the card base.
7. Make sure that all your glue spots are completely dry. Now get ready for the magic! Slowly close the card – as you do so, the rabbit pop-up should fold forwards and downwards until it lays flat as the card also closes flat.
8. You can now decorate the card as you like. Here, I’ve added blades of grass and a couple of carrots, all made from colored card stock.
9. Enjoy the beauty and joy of Spring!