Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Seven Flower Pop Up Card

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May 21, 2008

Seven Flower Pop Up Card

I know I say "amazing" a lot, but this really is the Amazing Seven Flower Pop Up!

seven flower pop up card


It's not hard to make. Really, truly. But it takes some time. Impressive results!

There's a video showing how to make this beast, but it's annoyingly speeded up. And after it finishes a menu of videos comes up, and most of the time there are some offensive ones in the mix. Eeeuw. So I suggest watching just the beginning of the video to learn a really clever way to cut out a perfect 8 petaled flower. Then following the assembly sequence here. Unless, of course, you secretly want to watch those nasty videos!

If you prefer to machine cut the flowers,
download my cut files for scalloped flowers and lily flowers:
PDF,  Silhouette Studio,  SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

You can also modify files from the Silhouette Store to make a lily version.  Check out Tonya's instructions.


You will need seven flowers, 8 petals each.

seven flower pop up card

Cut away and discard one petal section from each flower.

seven flower pop up card

Imagine the petals numbered 1-7. Align and glue petal #1 on top of petal #7

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

Each flower will be a little cup. Fold each flower flat. Be sure you fold between the petals, not down the center of the petals.

seven flower pop up card

Arrange flattened flowers as shown. Apply glue to flowers as indicated by white spots. You can use glue dots or liquid glue. I used both--the glue dots held everything together while the liquid glue set up.

seven flower pop up card

Stack pieces 2 and 3 on top of piece 1, lining up edges.

seven flower pop up card

Glue piece 4 onto stack.

seven flower pop up card

Now pieces 5 and 6, just like 2 and 3.

seven flower pop up card

Piece 7 is last.

seven flower pop up card

Here's the real one. I have a little scallop on each petal.

seven flower pop up card

Put a book on the flower stack and allow it to dry. It will fall apart if you try to open it too soon. Not that I would know.

Here's how the flowers look when you pull the stack open.

seven flower pop up card

Fold a piece of card stock in half. Lay the flower stack in the crease of the card. Dab glue on the flower as shown. Close the card and flip it over, then open it and glue the other side of the flower to the other side of the card.

seven flower pop up card


7 flower pop up card

(This one is glued on each scallop of the center flower.)
There's an easier, three flower version, too.

I made this one for a friendly competition.

seven flower pop up card

I made this one for Easter.

seven flower pop up card

Mother's Day card with painted flowers by Christina.

Beautiful colors from Miles Thomas.

Here's one made by Totty Teabag

seven flower pop up card

This one is from Melody

seven flower pop up card

Some great variations from genescrapper 

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

Here's an eye popping one by Debbie.
seven flower pop up card

I like how arinstamps substituted foliage for some of the flowers!

A seven flower pop up for Chinese New Year by Azlina

Cynthia Emerlye used an all-white version in her pop up book. (If you enjoy paper cutting and kirigami, you'll love her site.)


Mel M. M. M. said...

OMG!!!!!! This is heavenly. I can't wait to make one. I have to do some homework, (BLAH!) but it's a joy to have this to look forward to making on the weekend! :0)

Vicki said...

Love the flower - thanks for posting

Jessica F. said...

I am so going to have to try this!!!

Thanks for tagging me! :)

twokitties said...

I love it! That's amazing!

911barb said...

Love this pop up flower.
Thanks so much

Totty Teabag said...

I have made my first 7 flower pop-up this afternoon. There is a lot of room for improvement, but I hope to get better with practice. Thanks for the how-to.

cpeep said...

I added your design at the end of the post. I think it looks great!

Totty Teabag said...

Thanks for the tip about the rounded petals, Carol. I'll have another try.

Mrs Weyremaster said...

Wow that's wonderful, can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the great how to.

Crayola58 said...

I do pop up flowers in a card but nothing like these... these are simply fantastic.... I will get back to my studio and it's a MUST that i try one. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

Karin said...

I make this card too! They are so much fun and as you can see by the examples, there are so many ways to customize it. I love all the variations.

Anand said...

A Good presentation of the steps of construction. The fast video that we get on the internet is not very satisfying.

I too made this pop up card and it came up really well.

Good post.

yup said...

I'm very new to this craft and have been following all your past tutorials to learn more and more. Love them all, but this one has me stumped. Cant't figure out how I'm glueing them up wrong, but I'm going to keep trying.

thanks for all your wonderful help

cpeep said...

Can you send me a picture of your completed "wreck". Hold it open as best you can, or point to the place(s) that seem messed up.

Click on my profile to get my email address.


Donna said...

Hi there,
I am really liking the seven flower popup, but I can't get the svg for this pattern can you help me please. Thanks I'll appreciate it. My e-mail is bmoccus@bellsouth.net

Romantic1 said...

This is so awesome!!!! I tried it and when I opened the card it looked like a garden of flowers. WOW!

carolgail said...

Love the look of this, but had a bit of trouble with the gluing order. Thanks for the examples, it will encourage me to try it again!!!

Anonymous said...

Is piece #7 the one that's on top?

Carol said...

Yes, #7 is the purple on at the very end, on top.

Weena said...

These are so lovely I'm going to go buy items to make. Can you advise what type(s) of paper to use for the flowers? Thank you!

Carol said...

Thinner paper works best for the flowers. Double sided scrapbook paper, or colored printer paper or double sided origami paper would all work. I don't recommend cardstock for the flowers--they look better in a more delicate paper.
Definitely use thicker stock for the card part, otherwise it will bend where the flowers are atttached to it.

I never use construction paper, it shreds.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. It was much easier to follow then the one on Martha Stewart's website. Mine turned out beautiful.

Madhu said...

Amazing one ... My teachers and friends appreciated my try on 7 flower pop-card

Safeya Ebrahem Ghazy said...

Very sweet
I was looking for a way making this pop card and I found the way to do in your blog
Thank you alot
Your permission to publish in my blog

Carol said...

Your OWN work made from my instructions is yours to publish however you like :).

If you want to copy text or pictures from MY post, please refer to the instructions in the copyright notice at the bottom of the page. (No more than 10% of text, no more than 2 pictures, and you must credit me).



Juhi said...

Thank you so much Carol for sharing this.<a href="http://www.juhishandmadecards.com/2011/08/seven-flower-pop-up-card.html>This<\a> is what I made.

thanks said...

thanks for the card idea. I was wondering what to do for my sisters and friends birthday which is on 13th sept and 14th sept. You solved all the problems for me thanka thanks and thanks for the lovely idea. If you have some other ideas please post them. Everyone will like the card especially girls like me. thanks!

Bernice Chandler said...

I can not stop enjoying your blog, it is awesome! thank you

Kesh said...

Hello, I tried it and its really nice!
Thanks for sharing.

Regards. :)

Helen said...

I think I just died and went to heaven !!!! I just adore all your cards and tutorials. I came across your blog while browsing and ave never seen anything like this. Thank you so much for sharing

Edwina said...

These flowers and cards are so pretty. I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing. Edwina Brown

Anonymous said...

i tried the white lily a few times. haha. bcause of adjustment on size and shape. but then, still a lot to improve. gonna send the card to her toworrow.. :P -thanks from malaysia

bamboogirl said...

Thank you for posting with the detailed step by step instructions. It made it really easy! I just made mine as a sympathy card using some really nice washi paper. It's so funny, but I could barely come up with anything as spectacular looking for the front of the card that could compete with the foliage inside! :) Thanks!

Tehmina Khan said...

Great thanks for how to..

R Castellanos said...

This is so much fun to make. I just made one and it's so pretty! Thanks for the easy directions.

Sugandha said...

That is too good... Just love your blog. Every thing is explained in such a simple and easily understandable manner.
Thanks for sharing it.

Srikriti said...

Thanks a Tonne, Carol! The card I made with ur help was amazing- my friend loved it.

Regards From India,

Michael C said...

Really nice Pop Up Greeting Cards I wish I had your tallent I only sell these types of greeting cards on our website

Kyle Higgins said...

I am a FLOWER freak and LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas, thanks so much for sharing - cannot wait to make my own!

sanobar ansari said...

Its really awesome tutorial!! Fabulous and very easy to do. Really great as well as talented. Thankyou so much for sharing it!!!

Grace Green said...

I love this card! When I made one though, it didn't open to be flat.
Do you have any tips for that, or is it best just to have it 3/4 open?

Carol P said...

The closer to the tips of the flower petals you can get your glue, the more they will stretch. Still, the card will not lie flat without help. You will notice the flattest one I made was the one with white lilies, and I had to hold it open to photograph it!