Have you ever read a book made with incredible pop-up illustrations? The ones that jump right out at the reader? Some of these books are truly three-dimensional masterpieces and quite realistically bring the story to life. If you feel inspired by pop-up books, follow this simple guide to creating your own unique pop-up story. We’ve also included a recommended reading list of pop-up books and instructional books that can take your pop-up crafting to the next level
What You’ll Need
Before You Begin
Once you have a story in mind, draw up a storyboard. Storyboards are a great way to get your thoughts on the paper and organize the sequence of your scenes or the order in which they will appear in your book. Storyboards will help you figure out exactly what you need to include to move your story along and what you can leave out. While you should spend plenty of time thinking about your story and organizing it, don’t worry about creating picture perfect illustrations for your storyboard – quick, stick figure drawings work just fine as long as you know what or who each figure represents.
- Take a piece of sturdy paper and fold it in half horizontally (hamburger bun style – if you know what that means!)
- Carefully use your scissors to cut two parallel, horizontal slits along the folded edge of your paper. Each slit should be about 2 inches long and 1 inch apart from each other.
- Open your paper and use a finger to push the tab forward.
- Create your illustrations. On a separate piece of paper, draw whatever illustrations you will have popping out of your story and then cut them out. You may also choose to cut out illustrations/pictures from a magazine or newspaper.
- Repeat steps 1-3 to create as many pages as you will need.
- At the bottom of each page, write the words to your story.
- Draw the background on each page. You may want to sketch the design in pencil first before adding in color. Make sure you leave the tabs blank!
- Glue (or tape) your pictures or illustrations onto each tab.
- Paste your pages together, back-to-back. The top half of page 2 will need to be glued to the bottom half of page 1. Follow this pattern until all the pages are pasted together.
- Design a cover page for your story. Fold a sturdy piece of paper around the outside of your book. Once you’re finished decorating the cover, glue the inner pages to the first and last pages of your book.