DIY Cards to Make for Grandparents

DIY Cards to Make for Grandparents

By Babysits, 4 min read

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Let’s take some time to send a little extra love to our grandparents! This card making DIY is the perfect way to create a personalized gift for our loved ones. We’ve created two pop-up card examples that you can recreate with your own message. Your grandparents will be delighted to receive an extra special card from their grandchildren!

We know that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to loneliness. For many families, it can be difficult to find the time to spend with our grandparents, especially if they live interstate or in another country. We can video-call and send text messages, but let’s also send them something special to let them know we’re thinking of them, even when we can't be with them!

To give you some card making ideas, we’ve created two unique pop-up card designs: a love heart and a happy sun that you can recreate with your own personalised message. You can pop the cards in the post box to be delivered to your grandparents home address or nursing home!

Step One

To make a pop-up card, the first thing you’re going to need is a piece of paper that you can fold in half to form the basis of the card. We used 400g acrylic paper, but you can use regular scrapbooking card (whatever you’ve got laying around at home will do!).

Next, you need to lightly draw the outline of the shape you want to create as your pop-up design. It is important to only draw half of your design, so that once you’ve cut the design out and unfolded the card, you’ll have a full-shaped pop-up. We created half a heart shape and half a sun!

Important note: Make sure to leave a section of your design uncut. We marked a section of roughly 2cm on each of our designs to be left uncut. This is essential to creating your pop-up design!

Card Template

Step Two

Now it’s time to grab a pair of scissors and cut along your design. You can carefully cut along the outline you’ve traced, making sure to leave a section of approximately 2cm uncut.

Card DIY

Step Three

Once you’ve cut out your design, you can fold it back along the section you’ve carefully left uncut. Firmly press down along the fold.

pop up card

Step Four

And now for the exciting part! You can push your design forward so that it “pops out” of the card. Practice opening and closing your card to test whether you’ve successfully created your pop-up card.

pop up template

Step Five

It’s time to get creative! We chose to use acrylic paint to add some colour to our pop-up cards, but you can use coloured pencils, markers, crayons or whatever you’ve got at home to add a splash of life to your unique card.

Painted Card

Step Six

Don’t forget the little details! We decided to paint our love-heart design pink, and chose yellow and orange for our sun. Because we had to leave a section of the pop-up uncut, we went back in and added an extra orange triangle to our sun to give the illusion that the entire sun was popping out of the card!

pop up card template

Step Seven

We’re almost there! Now that we have painted our pop-up cards, they’re ready for some personalised messages and finishing touches. You can ask your children to draw or write a message for their grandparents to let them know how much they’re loved.

Finished card template

Step Eight

And here we have it! Two DIY pop-up cards that you can share with your grandparents to let them know you’re thinking of them during this period of self-isolation. Let’s bring a smile to their faces!

pop-up card template


Did you enjoy this DIY? We’d love to see your own DIY pop-up cards and your grandparents’ reactions! Be sure to share your designs with us @babysits

For more fantastic ideas, take a look at our other DIYs for fun activities and crafts.