Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Polaroid Camera Pop Up Card Tutorial

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Jul 26, 2012

Polaroid Camera Pop Up Card Tutorial

How to make a Polaroid camera pop up card

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Page 1

Machine cut or hand cut.

How to transfer pattern and hand cut the pieces

Using page 1 as a guide, draw the pattern pieces onto a large (12" square) piece of black or dark grey card stock. I included the 1/4" grid squares to make the pieces easier to measure. (Construction steps shown with white template rather than black paper for better visibility.)

Light yellow portions indicate places that will be glued. The markings "3g" and "4g" label exactly where pieces 3 and 4 will be glued onto other pieces.

Cut on black lines, removing the solid black cut-outs on pieces 1 and 2.
Score red and green lines. Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.

Page 2

Print page 2 on regular (printer or copier weight) white paper.

Cut out camera front.

Construct a "polaroid" picture from card stock or photo paper.

Assemble Camera

Strengthen picture slot

Trim picture slot reinforcement (piece 2) slightly on all four sides. Glue the piece to the back of the camera body, matching edges and slots.

Curl eye piece (piece 3) and glue ends to make an open box. Construct support box, too (piece 4).

Construct and attach eye piece

Glue support to one side of the eye piece in the position shown. The bottom edges are aligned and the support is centered vertically on the eye piece.

Glue eye piece box and support box to the camera body.

Glue eye piece oval to back of eye piece box. Here, too, the bottom edges are aligned and the oval is centered vertically on the eye piece.

Adhere camera body to card

Position camera body as shown, with camera back at the center fold of the card.

Spread glue on the camera back, on the parts shown in yellow.

Close the card, weight it and allow to dry briefly.

Flip card over and open it.

With all the creases folded properly, the camera body will collapse flat and the camera bottom will be at the center fold of the base card.

Spread glue on the camera bottom and close the card. Put a book on it and let it dry.

When you open the card it will look like this.

Adhere the camera front to the camera body

Valley fold the camera front on the center, horizontal, faint grey line. Mountain fold the other two horizontal grey lines (about 1/4" from the top and bottom of the camera front.)

Glue the camera front to the camera body, into the valley fold above the picture slot.

Wrap the top and bottom edges of the camera front around the creases of the camera body and adhere.

Slide the picture into the picture slot. Hold it in place and open and close the card, checking to make sure the picture doesn't fall out of the slot. If it does, push it into the slot a little further back. Once you are satisfied with the placement, adhere the picture to the card with a little spot or glue or a glue
dot, just on the bottom right-hand corner.

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Anonymous said...

What a great card!!!I really enjoy all the wonderful work you do. Thank you so much for this tutorial - I'll have to give it a try. Jeanette

Creations by Patti said...

oooh, I was salivating when I saw the post yesterday and quickly today a tutorial. How fabulous you are!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, P

Anonymous said...

What a very informative site, I have found alot of very useful information here and still have a lot more to read. Thank you very much for the time and effort you have put in....

UnderThePaperStack said...

Thanks for the tutorial...awesome card I gonna try this for my moms birthday too cute :)

jill said...


Anonymous said...

Really nice, thank you! :) /Mira

lysaericaaaaa said...

please answer this bcs i'm kinda confused. how did you turn the pattern that has 1/4" squares into a black cardboard? thanks before, xoxo

Carol said...

The grid paper is a pattern. I made the sample for the instructions from the grid paper because it is easier to see, and all the markings are on it.

The finished card is another set, cut from black cardstock.


Fay Anderson said...

Thanks a ton for sharing this awesome idea!! With the help of your tutorial, i made the Polaroid pop-up card for a 91-year-old gentleman who is an avid photographer. Watching his face simply light up with joy was a moment that won't soon be forgotten. Keep up the good work! Good Luck n God Bless

Liz O. said...

Love this card!! TFS, would you mind if I create an SVG cutting file of it? I don't have a silhouette but can transfer into other formats. Thanks again!
Have a wonderful day!

Carol said...

Liz, feel free to convert to SVG for your own use. If you would care to share it, I will add it to the file set and give you credit.


Ken Holby Sr. said...

As a first-time pop-up creator, I was really interested in doing this camera. It turned out decent, but not as I'd like.
May I suggest adding this warning into your text somewhere: To "train" the folds, do not open and close the camera too many times. The folds will begin to lose their memory and they will not open correctly.
This ruined the project for me, but I will try again....

Ken H.

Carol P said...

I think you could reinforce the front fold of the camera.

Cut 2 strips 3.5" x just under 1/2". (The width needs to fit between the outside edge of the camera front and the photo slot.) Score at .75", 1.5", 2.25", 3". Curl each into an open box using the .5" end as the glue tab. Insert inside the front of the camera, one on the right end, one on the left end and adhere to the floor of the card, and the inside of the front of the camera and maybe the "ceiling" of the open box to the roof-like front fold? I'd try it unglued first and see if it works well enough without gluing the third side.