Pop-Up Tutorial 45 - Stage Set
Pop-Up Cards and Crafts for Kids
Today, books with pop-up illustrations—flaps to be lifted, tabs to be pulled, and wheels to be turned—form a small niche of the book market. Mostly, pop-up books are meant to get young children interested in books and reading. Once that interest is kindled, pop-ups are discarded for more sophisticated reading material. The charm and whimsy of pop-up books might seem far removed from the dry seriousness of technical literature. But during the first three centuries of printing, from about to , most pop-ups appeared in scientific books. Movable paper parts were once used to explain the movements of the moon, the five regular geometric solids, the connections between the eye and the brain, and more.
Pop-up or mechanical greetings cards are very popular. On the following sheets are a selection of techniques that will help you produce simple, working examples. Construct the pop-up section by adding tabs to a rectangular piece of card. The tabs are glued to the backing card remembering that the angle must be selected carefully. Draw the angle of bend on the card first before gluing the pop- up piece to it.
Books are listed in order from beginner to advanced. This book provides a tutorial on how to make pop-ups in pop-up book form. Written instructions for making different types of pop-ups including folds, wheels, and pull tabs are accompanied by a 2D diagram and 3D pop-up. The pop-ups can be examined from the front and back, so readers can understand how they were constructed. Also included is a glossary of paper engineering terms and a step-by-step photographic essay on how a pop-up is made from start to finish. The projects in this handbook come with examples, formulas, and instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue.