Make This Poinsettia Pop Out Christmas Card

This Poinsettia Pop Out Card can be made simply and colorfully.  Writing this tutorial has taught me to spell poinsettia.  But seriously, this is a simple card and you can even teach your kids to make the flowers so that they feel like they helped.

This makes a good basic Christmas card and can be made in bulk.  It fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.

You will need:
Paper Selection

The base card of this poinsettia pop out card and the mechanism (pop out) pieces need to be heavy and two sided paper.  I would stay away from patterns on the inside because I tried to match them up so that they looked seamless and that was VERY hard to do.

The poinsettias can be any color.  You can even switch them up.  Use patterns sparingly but glitter paper and foil paper would look great.  Keep the dots in the middle yellow though.  The words would look good in a smallish pattern.

Cutting the Poinsettia Pop Out Card

There is no writing on this card.  The text is all cut out.  It is thin though and tears easily so be careful taking it of the mat.

If you want to change up the colors of the flowers, the best way is on the color sync page.  Mix and match the same 5 or so colors and you can add variety and more color.

Assembling the Poinsettia Pop Out Card
This card is not as hard as it looks to put together.  Start by assembling the poinsettias.  Then set them aside for later.
 
Next take the two base cards and re crease all the folds.  The smaller piece has the pop out mechanisms.  Each part of the mechanism should be folded as valley, mountain, valley from the top down.  The center folds are in three score lines and should all be folded as valley folds.

The center fold is now placed directly over the center fold of the large base piece with the two rectangle shaped  folded out pieces sticking out.  Next, glue one base card inside the other.  Be careful not to get any glue on the pop out mechanism.

Now assemble the rest of the card.  First attach the words to the front and bottom inside of the card.  Then one large poinsettia goes on the front.  On the inside, put two large poinsettias on the taller pop out and one on the lower one.  Then attach a smaller poinsettia behind the large two.  Finally, glue the three that are left to the top of the card covering the line where the top base card line is.

And your Poinsettia Pop Out Card is done.  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing or hand delivery.

Poinsettia Fun Facts
  • The red pink or white “petals” are leaves, not flowers.  The little yellow buds in the center are the actual flowers.
  • Poinsettias are named for Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, the first US ambassador to Mexico.  December 12th, the anniversary of his death, is Poinsettia Day
  • Poinsettias are not poisonous, although eating them will give you an upset stomach.  And the sap will affect people with latex allergies.
  • You can make the poinsettia “bloom” again next year, but it isn’t easy to do.

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