Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Easy Piano Pop Up Card

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Sep 5, 2009

Easy Piano Pop Up Card

piano pop up card
Want to make a pop up piano, but find the origamic architecture template too daunting?

You can thank MariLynn at Splitcoast Stampers for inspiring me to design an easier pop up piano card. MariLynn's piano is in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery. She cut her black piano keys as separate pieces, attached by tabs.

I further refined the design by making the keys into boxes. I think it's easier to make them uniform that way, and you don't see the tabs under the keys.

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How to make a Pop Up Piano Card

Download and print pattern on the right side of white card stock.

Print black keys, or use template to trace on to black paper. Score fold lines across all five keys. Cut out black keys.

Assemble black keys.

Fold each piece into an open box.

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Spread glue on the tab and glue box together.

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pop up piano

pop up piano

Push box toward tab, collapsing it. (This ensures that the black key will fold flat in the card.) Weight and allow to dry.

pop up piano

pop up piano

Refer to cut and fold diagram, below, for white keys. The white keys form a simple box pop up.

Cut along blue lines. Score red (valley) and green (mountain) fold lines.

Push and pinch to create folds.

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I usually pre-pinch each fold in the proper direction and then push from the back to get the folds to collapse.

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pop up piano

pop up piano

Glue black keys to white card, matching guidelines.

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pop up piano

Flatten the white card. Smooth the black keys flat, too. Put a book on the card and let dry.

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MariLynn said...

Carol, this is awesome. Your tutorial is great!

Lynda J. White said...

I can always count on you to explain things so that even I can understand them. Thanks!

Wendy said...

I am a beginner at making pop-up cards, but it has quickly become my hobby. This card idea is very clever and the tutorial is clear.


Jan scrap said...

Hi, if you are interested on my blog are photos of a pop-up synthesizer I made using your basic piano keyboard tutorial. It was only the 3rd card I'd ever made.
I hope you get the chance to get to my blog and have a look at it on the 'mens' page.
Many thanks for inspiring me to make this project

Shoshi said...

Thanks for the inspiration for my piano keyboard pop-up, Carol, and also for your lovely comments about it!

Anyone interested can see it here:


This is a really fun pop-up to do, because it looks so realistic!!

Pretty Shabby said...

Wow, this is an amazing idea. I came across it buy accident and so glad i did, you have solved a problem of what card to give my friend.

Anonymous said...

This was the first pop up card I have ever made. I found your blog for this piano on Pinterest. Thanks so much for the fabulous idea!

Bastelfee said...

I love this card, thank you for sharing it

Alif ginny said...

its awesome!!i tried it just now!!its works so good.

Chris P's Minis and More said...

THANK YOU!! I made this for my pastor for Pastor's Appreciation day!!! he plays the keyboard-PERFECT!!!! :)

vpfendler said...

Why do the keys seems to long?

Julie Stanley said...

Hi vpfendler, did you find out why the keys are too long please. I am in the process of making this card and I too find the black keys are too long.


Carol P said...

There was an error in the pattern. I have fixed it.

Julie Stanley said...

Thank you, it works perfectly now and thank you for sharing all these fantastic projects.