Pop-up Table Cards
I love pop-ups, and I thought these cards would be a great addition to our Giving Tree dinner party.
1. If you click on the above photo, and save it to your computer, it should be all ready and formatted to print out to an 8×10″ piece of paper. I printed these onto cardstock to give them a bit more heft, and to help with the “pop-up.”
2. After printing the cards out, fold the paper in half so that the tree is on one half, and the blank green section is on the back.
3. Write a name of a dinner party guest in the blank box (felt tip pen seems to work best).
4. Then I used the back of a pen (or anything with a hard edge) to go around the tree making a heavy indention, making sure to leave the bottom of the trunk intact. That will stay attached to the card, so the tree will stand up.
5. Now cut out the tree piece, making sure to leave the bottom trunk attached at the bottom. I used one scissor blade to go over the indented line several times. First I cut over the indentation on the front, and then I flipped the card over, and used the scissor edge to cut over the indentation on the back. This worked pretty well to get a good clean cut. If I had a craft knife, I would have used that!
6. Pop your tree out toward you. I put a piece of clear tape on the front where the tree trunk bottom is attached to the card, just to give it a bit more strength.
7. Use clear tape to seal the open sides of the card together.
8. Cut a piece of cardstock into a rectangle that is about 1″ wide and 4″ long.
9. Fold the card rectangle into a z shape, so there is a 1/2 ” flap on each end, going into opposite directions.
10. Tape one flap of your cardstock z to the back of the tree. Tape the other flap to the inside of the card behind it. This will hold your tree up so that it is nice and strong.
11. Display proudly on your table to mark where your guests should sit.
I hope you enjoy these pop-ups as much as we did.