Christmas Pop-up Card (Explosion Folding)

Christmas Explosion Card

Surprise your friends and family with this explosive Christmas Card!

Our Christmas Advent Calendar features a daily idea for getting into the holiday spirit, one of those ideas is making Christmas cards for friends and teachers.

It has actually become a fun family tradition to express our appreciation for those whom we love.

This year, we wanted to create a special card that would surprise everyone who receives it. This explosive card will amaze everyone as nobody expects the inside to pop up bigger than the card.

It also looks like a gift, which makes it the perfect companion to a gift card for teachers.

Download the free printable “Beary Christmas” template at the end of the post and make this fun Christmas pop-up card following the step-by-step tutorial below (pictures and video included).

Let’s get started!

How to make a Christmas pop-up card

How to make a Christmas pop-up card

1. Print and cut both pages included in your free printable template to get the bear and the gift box pieces.

If you’d like to have a sturdy card, print on cardstock as I did, but keep in mind that it’ll be a little harder to fold than if printed on regular paper.

Print and cut the card template

2. With the help of a ruler, fold the bear card along one diagonal.

Fold diagonally with a ruler

3. Open your card and fold along the other diagonal.

Fold along the other diagonal

4. Open the card again and fold it in half, bringing the top to the bottom. Reverse this fold to make the next step easier.

Fold in half

5. Open the card and push in the left and right sides to form a triangle.

Fold inwards to make a triangle

6. Fold the right and left edges to the middle on both sides of the triangle.

To help yourself, you can lightly mark the center of the triangle with a pencil before folding.

Fold the corners to the center

7. Unfold the corners from step 6 and push them inwards as shown below (reverse the step 6 foldings).

Push the corners inside

8. Fold the gift piece in half and glue the bear folded piece inside.

Glue the folded card into the gift card

9. Enjoy your gift pop-up card!

Christmas Explosion Card

Explosive Card Video Tutorial

Need extra help with the folding?

Watch the video below to see how I made this Beary Christmas Card.

Tips to make your Christmas pop-up card

  • If you want to decorate this Christmas card on your own, print the b&w version that is also included with your download. Make sure to color it before folding.
Coloring Christmas Card
  • Print on regular paper or regular cardstock, but avoid too thick materials as it may be too hard to fold them.
  • I recommend trying this craft with kids with developed fine motor skills (3rd graders or older). If you want to try an origami craft with your younger children, check this reindeer bookmarks.
  • If you want to create your own explosion card, make sure that your folding piece is slightly smaller than the cover. To replicate this folding method, you will need a square piece with your message (ours is 7.5×7.5in) and a rectangular piece to make the cover (ours is 4x8in).
  • Remember that this printable card is for personal use only, but feel free to use this folding technique to create your own designs.

Download your Explosion Card Template

Two versions included: full color and color-your-own.

Click here to download your Christmas explosion card templates

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