How to Make Your Own Children's Pop-Up Storybooks
A pop-up storybook is stimulating and engaging for children. The surprising element of having part of the page jump out at them can keep kids excited about reading stories. Pop-up storybooks require a three dimensional display so that as a new page is being turned, the three dimensional image is already in the process of popping up. To make one of these books yourself, select a story idea and consider what types of images make sense to pop out at the kids.
Place a sheet of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch card stock paper flat on the working surface, so that the 11-inch sides are horizontal and the 8 1/2-inch sides are vertical. Fold the paper in half down the center by folding the left side over to the right side. Line up the two sides and make a crease at the folded line in the middle of the paper. Repeat this with four more pieces of card stock paper.
Open all the card stock paper sheets and stack them. Fold the whole pile in half along the folded lines. Keep them folded as you use a single hole punch to punch holes along the creased edge. Make three to five holes. Cut three to five pieces of yarn and thread the yarn through the holes. Tie a knot in the yarn so that the pieces of paper all stay together in a storybook format.
Use a marker to draw the image that you want to pop-up on the first page onto a plain piece of paper. Make the drawing as symmetrical as possible -- and at least 4 inches wide. Color in the image and cut it out. Fold the image in half from left to right. Make a crease.
Cut two strips of paper from another sheet of card stock. Make each strip 4 inches long and 1-inch wide. Use a ruler to get these exact measurements. Once you have both strips, do an accordion fold by folding 1-inch over, 1-inch under, 1-inch over and 1-inch under. Keep the strip folded and apply glue to both ends. Glue one side down onto the open page of the storybook, 2 inches from the center crease. Repeat with the second strip on the other side of the crease.
Open up the folded image and press it down onto the folded strips that have glue on them. The strips will act as springs that allow the image to pop up when the page is opened. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes, and then test it out. Close the book and the image will fold in half from left to right. Open the book and watch as the image pops up and open. Repeat the process on the other pages to add more pop-up images to your book.
Things You'll Need
- 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch card stock paper
- Single hole punch
- Plain paper
Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.