I grew up in a little town with a covered road bridge and a number of covered railroad bridges. The road bridge was destroyed by arson about 20 years ago. Despite pressure from the state to "upgrade" it to a two lane span, the town pulled together and rebuilt the bridge as a covered bridge.
How to make a covered bridge pop up card
Download card plan (pdf)
Cut and score the bridge pieces
Following plan shown below, cut on black lines, score on red lines.
Cut bridge pieces (page 1) from heavy card stock. I used gray and made the walls into stone walls.
Cut tree trunks from card stock. Cut tree tops from lighter weight patterned paper. Cut the bridge tunnels from a dark color. Cut the roof from card stock.
Cut the water, grass and road pieces
Pieces that cross the center fold are cut apart at the fold to allow the card to close without wrinkling.
Prepare the base card
Print the card plan (2 halves, printed on 2 pages). Cut one half along the red line and match to the red line on the other page. Tape or glue together.
Cut a base card from card stock, 6.5" x 12". Choose your color knowing that the base card will show slightly, at the center fold, when the card is fully opened.
Score and crease the center fold.
Lay the card plan on the base card, matching center fold to the red line.
Heavily score--enough to press through the card plan and make a mark on the base card--the heavy black diagonal lines. These are the glue guidelines for the bridge. Remove the card plan and mark the scored lines on the base card with pencil.
Assemble the bridge
Glue tree tops to tree trunks.
Glue roof prop to bridge ends, matching edges.
Glue tunnels to bridge ends.
Glue bridge sides to bridge ends.
Collapse the bridge, exactly as shown. (It can flatten two different ways. This is the way it needs to flatten for the card to close properly.)
Fold down the tabs at the top of the bridge prop. Apply glue to each, on the surface indicated by the yellow arrow.
Insert the bridge into the roof, pushing the tab folds firmly into the roof fold.
Putting it all together
Glue water pieces to base card. Match top and bottom edges. Leave a little space between the pieces at the center fold.
Glue road to base card. Check your top and bottom edges, center fold (leaving a little space) and alignment with the diagonal pencil line on the left side of the base.
Do not glue the grass pieces yet.
Glue the long front wall tab to the right-hand half of the base card. Align to pencil line. The crease of the wall should fall exactly at the bend in the pencil line.
Glue the other wall tabs to the left-hand half of the base card. Align to pencil marks paying particular attention to the placement of the corner.
The tabs on the bridge fold to the inside of the bridge.
Glue grass pieces to the base card. Match top and bottom edges, leave a little room at the center fold, match to fold line of tabs. (The grass covers the bridge tabs.)
Finish with the trees
Crease small strips and glue ends to make support boxes. One is square and one is rectangular.
Glue the center of the trunk of one tree to the square box. Wrap just the left side of the trunk around the side of the box and glue. Leave the right side loose.
Apply glue to the two surfaces of the box that do not have tree glued to them. Dab a tiny bit of glue to the back of the right-hand piece of trunk. Glue the box into the corner of the wall on the right-hand half of the card. Push the box firmly into the corner.
Glue the rectangular box to the back of the bridge, in position shown. It has to be "in the water" or the tree will protrude from the edge of the card when it is closed.
Glue the tree to the front of the box.
Ever so slowly and carefully close the card. The roof likes to catch on the trees. Push the trees out of the way and collapse the roof between them.
This one was made by H.Rhea.
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