Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Graduation Cap Pop Up Card Tutorial

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Jun 7, 2010

Graduation Cap Pop Up Card Tutorial

How to make this V-fold graduation cap pop up card
graduation pop up card

Download files: PDF, Silhouette Studio (print and cut), SVG  

(How to use my 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.

Print banner if desired. Cut out board and cap on black lines. Score on red lines.

graduation cap pop up card

Crease board in half at center line. Crease tabs as shown.

graduation cap pop up card

Assemble cap. Fold cap in half at front. Glue together at back, overlapping tab.

graduation cap pop up card
graduation cap pop up card

Cut base card. I used half of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock.

Fold board in half at center line. Lay on base card. Be sure the top of the triangle does not extend past the top of the card.

Slide the triangle to meet the center fold of the base card. Mark the point of intersection.

Draw a line perpendicular to the center fold of the base card at the marked point.
graduation cap pop up card

Spread glue on the tab that will go on the right-hand side of the card. Fold the tab under and line up the edge of the board piece with the line you drew. Be sure the point of the board is right on the center fold of the card base.

graduation cap pop up card

Flip the board piece up.

graduation cap pop up card

Spread glue on the back half of the cap, both sides.

graduation cap pop up card

Lay cap on top of board tab. Align the top of the cap with the fold line of the board. Align the back of the cap with the center fold line of the card.

graduation cap pop up card

Refold board along its center. Spread glue on the tab that will attach to the left-hand side of the card.

graduation cap pop up card

Close the card. Put a book on it and let it dry completely.

graduation cap pop up card
graduation cap pop up card

Finish with a paper button, a tassel, and banner.

graduation pop up card


Shoshi said...

This is really cool, Carol! Well done! Excellent tutorial. I shall download this for future reference. Nobody in the family is at graduation stage at the moment but it may come in useful sometime! I love the pop-up.

eunice said...

Thank you for sharing this very special pop up card. I can't wait to give this a try. You and your creativity are absolutely awesome!

Keryn said...

This card is awesome. Thanks so much for the time and effort you have put into the designing of it.

Crayola58 said...

Absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the shar.

Kim said...

This was so easy to make, I made one this morning and included a link to your blog. Thanks so much!!!

Liesa said...

I love this pop-up design! Thank you for sharing it with us all :D

Anonymous said...

thank you for showing us how to do this. it helped me a lot and im sure it helped a lot of others also. thanks :)

Anonymous said...

have you ever thought of any different colours for the design or even a place for the note to be written

Anonymous said...

Thank-you sooo much for posting this. I searched exhaustively for something different for my friend's son's grad. Thank goodness you showed how to do it. I would have been completely lost without the tutorial. I know he's going to love it!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

This was awesome!!! Thank you so much. I followed your tutorial and made fantastic cards! I'm sure they'll be well received and I couldn't have done it without you. Please do check out the ones I just completed Ü

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome card! My kid is graduating pretty soon... how the years fly :(

heather said...

THANK YOU for the instructions and pattern! Here is the one I made

Narnt W said...

Lovely, clear instructions, thank you.

judy said...

Thank you for your generousity in sharing your files with those of us with less creativity! You make us look good.

linda m said...


I just saw this card on pinterest and I love it. I paid to get the template but I have a question_ when I print it out at 100% it looks awfully small-is that correct?

Thanks for all your help. Beautiful card!

Carol P said...

Are you printing the PDF (downloaded from the link) or did you copy and print the jpg on the page? The jpg is small. It is meant to show you what the file looks like, not to print from.

The PDF should fill an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. If you're having issues you can email me and I will send you a copy in whatever format you need.

Hao Jie Chan said...

Thank you for this wonderful pop-up card.