Pop Up Book Instructions

    by Regina Edwards

    About the Author

    Regina Edwards has been a freelance writer since 1990. She has penned video scripts, instructional manuals, white papers and abstracts. She has also ghostwritten diabetes journals. Edwards is a scuba instructor and Usui and Karuna Reiki teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph's University.


    Pop-up books enhance a story or poem with three-dimensional images that literally stand out and may contain elaborate designs. Children can easily design one using a short story, cut-outs and a basic template. A handmade pop-up book can be a memorable gift to share a favorite poem or creatively summarize a book.

    Preparing the Pages

    A pop-up book has equal emphasis on the story and images. Each page can contain one or two paragraphs that accompany a pop-up illustration. You can write a short story or select a poem containing brief paragraphs that can be illustrated and then divide the paragraphs and plan the images for each page. Pop-up books typically have thick pages to accommodate attached shapes. You’ll need construction paper and supplies including a ruler, glue, pencil, scissors, markers and crayons to make them.
    Create each pop-up page by folding a sheet of construction paper in half and connecting the short sides. Mark two equal lines perpendicular to the fold and on the folded edge. Cut the lines to form a tab for a pop-up image. Determine how many tabs are needed for each page, which depends on how many images there are on that page. After opening the folded sheet and pulling up on each tab so it protrudes, you close the sheet along the fold so the tabs are pointed away from the folded edge (the folds on the tabs are inverted). Finally, position the sheet so that the short sides are facing up (i.e., fold is horizontal). Below the tabs, draw a box or lines for text placement.

    Assembling the Book

    Prepare templates for each page. Draw images for each tab and cut out the images. Print out each text block to fit the space below the tabs. Assemble each pop-up page by gluing an image to a tab and illustrating around the images, as desired. Write or paste the text block on each page.
    Place each closed pop-up page sequentially and align the folded edges. Tape or glue the back of the bottom page to the back of the next top page. For example, glue the back of page 2 (page containing the text block) to the facing page (back of page 3). Continue until all pages are connected. If desired, attach a cover by gluing a longer sheet of construction paper to the top and back sheets of the stack.