Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: How to Make Pop Up Cards - Open Oval - Lesson 20

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Sep 14, 2008

How to Make Pop Up Cards - Open Oval - Lesson 20

How to Make a 180° Open Top Boat Pop Up Card

This pop up card mechanism pops up when your card is opened flat, 180°.

Imagine an open rectangular box (see Lesson 18) with the corners left uncreased. That's a boat!

boat or oval pop up card

How to make an open top boat

Determine how long and tall you want your boat to be. When you glue the boat to the card you will have to decide how wide you want it to be when the card is open.

For the sake of comparison, I'm have modified the template for the Open Top Rectangular Box in Lesson 18. I eliminated the corner folds, and trimmed and moved the bottom tabs.

Template is designed to print on an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.

Print template or cut your own strip of paper to form boat. Strip should be cut to height, and double the length of the side, plus a little bit for the end tab. Remember to add bottom tabs, centered on each side.

Fold boat along center line and glue into a circle using end tab.

Decide how wide you want your boat to be when the card is open. Let's say, 2". Divide this amount in half.

 Measure out from the center fold of your card base the "half" amount, in this example that would be 1".

At the measured point lightly draw a guideline, parallel to the card fold line. Repeat on the other side of the card center fold.

Thus, in this example you would have two lines, each 1" from the center fold. The distance between your guidelines is the width of the boat: 2" in this example.

Glue tabs to base card, aligning tab fold with guidlines. You can glue your tabs to the inside, the outside, or cut a slit in the card and glue them through. (See Lesson 5).

A narrow boat resembles a ship, or an eye. A wider boat becomes almost circular. Add a top and a circular boat is a wonderful cake!


emily said...

These tutorials are amazing. Great job of showing and explaining the mechanisms, plus showing what kind of variation possiblities exist. Kudos to a great site!!

Pert Doherty said...

i want to make one for my girl.. she must be suprised.. hehe.. really nice tutorials... i love all the tutes.. cool.. :)

Devilene said...

Great tutorial! you're a LIFESAVER!! I had this assignment for college n we were asked to make pop-ups and the deadline was tomorrow. i couldn't find any sites that has good tutorials. thank goodness i found your blog at the last possible minute. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Crayola58 said...

Holy COWWWWW, these pop ups are outstanding.... I did one intense pop up and I was gritting my teeth bu the time I was thru. I decided to stick with the simple ones. But now that I see these........... :-)

Suzana said...

I'm from Brazil and I liked this card that has a light inside the cake.
You make this card to order?
My e-mail contact is: suzaninha_nheh@hotmail.com


Anonymous said...

Hi, what a wonderful blog! just asking, where did you get that wedding cake? or do you know how to make it? I really like that wedding cake! thank's :)

cpeep said...

The lighted wedding cake is by Hiroko.

See it here:

Anonymous said...

How did you make the candles on the birthday cake example stand up? Which mechanism is used?

cpeep said...

Printable of the cake with the candles is here:


Yasoda said...

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you have great ideas and a great talent
keep up the great work
best of luck :)

Mila Pinidia said...

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i really need these tutorials..
thankyouuu, Gbu