Pop-Up Paper Nameplate Crafts
Create a pop-up paper card featuring your child's name.
- Glue (school glue)
- Markers (assorted colors, black)
- Construction paper (1 green, 1 blue, and a few more in assorted colors)
- Count the letters in the name you want to feature. If it's seven letters or fewer, fold your 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half laterally (folding down the 11" side). If you are using a name with more than seven letters, you're better off folding the paper in half lengthwise.
- In the middle of the folded edge, make a 1" cut and then another about 0.3" away. This cut out will hold the middle letter of your name. Leave some space on either side of this cut-out and make additional similar cuts according to the number of letters in your name. You can measure or approximate the distance between the letters based on how many letters are in your name (I'm an approximator!).
- Cut a grass or leaf pattern at the top and/or bottom of the paper. Set aside.
- Cut out one rectangle for every letter of your name that's approximately 2" x 1.75". Cut out the letters freehand. They will match visually because of the size constraint. (If you need the letters to match exactly, you can make or buy alphabet patterns. Sewing and craft stores sell them in packages of varying sizes.) Set aside.
- Pick up the folded paper with the parallel cuts. Push the parallel cuts through the other side and fold to press crisp edges.
- Glue the letters to the pieces of paper that have been pushed through, so that they are legible from the front.
- Make embellishments based on your favorite aspect of spring.
- Glue embellishments to nameplate. Set aside to dry.
- Fold blue paper in the same manner you did for step one (if you folded over the 8 1/2" side, fold same way).
- Glue nameplate into blue paper to give it a background.
- Embellish further, or stop and admire your new pop-up nameplate.