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DIY Christmas Pop-Up Tutorials

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diy christmas pop-up

On this page you’ll find some great DIY Christmas pop-up tutorials and templates to create your own pop-ups and papercrafts for the Holiday season! Video tutorials by master paper engineers, all the supplies you’ll need to get started and some handy tips about how to decorate your pop-ups. Enjoy our festive DIY Christmas pop-up special and have some creative Holidays!

Christmas Pop-Up Templates (PDF)

We have selected a nice variety of Christmas pop-up designs that will ensure you hours of paper crafting pleasure. These pop-up templates are print-ready and can be downloaded in PDF format so you can start creating pop-ups right away!

Paper Pop-Up Christmas Tree

Decorate your own paper Pop-Up Christmas Tree. This foldable pop-up holiday tree is 16 inch (40 cm) tall and comes with a set of charming paper ornaments for decoration. Or be creative and make your own beautiful paper ornaments! You’ll find more inspiration on this page.

This pop-up tree will be perfect for a table centerpiece, party decoration or holiday home decor!

Christmas pop-up tutorials by Peter Dahmen

Peter Dahmen is a designer and paper artist, specialized in paper engineering and pop-ups. He is a developer of pop-up cards and foldable artworks made from paper and cardboard. On his YouTube channel you’ll find some great tutorials and templates to create your own pop-ups for Christmas!

Papercraft Books for Christmas

Make the holidays extra cozy with some fun paper crafting projects! With these books you can create the most wonderful greeting cards, Christmas tree ornaments, table centerpieces or this amazing Paper Christmas Village that is perfect for display!

Christmas pop-up tutorials by Matthew Reinhart

Paper engineer Matthew Reinhart shows you how to make your own amazing Christmas pop-up creations like this Christmas advent calendar packed with mini pops! Visit and subscribe to his YouTube Channel for more video tutorials and Let’s make it pop!

Origami Christmas Treats

Have a creative time with this book making your own Origami Christmas Treats for Christmas Trees! There are almost 200 detailed step-by-step colorful diagrams with instructions and photos of examples of completed projects.

With only paper and folding, you can create fabulous holiday decorations for your Christmas tree!

DIY Christmas tutorial videos

There lots of fun Christmas pop-up and papercraft tutorials to find on YouTube. Decorate your Christmas tree with homemade paper ornaments, make a beautiful pop-up greeting card for someone or make your home cozy for the holidays.

Do-it-yourself Christmas Supplies

This is a brief selection of products that can be used to decorate Christmas pop-ups. Creating your own pop-ups is the most fun when you have the right tools to work with. So that’s why we also have made a selection of the most useful products when it comes to working with paper and pop-ups. Continue to the pop-up supplies page…

Tips and tricks for creating beautiful pop-up cards

Creating Christmas pop-ups with templates is very entertaining. Most printable pop-up templates come in black & white so you might want to color and decorate your project. You can give your project some color with markers, paint or colored paper but there’s much more that you can do to give your project that extra Christmas touch!

Glitter & glue

Some of the most beautiful winter and Christmas pop-up books we know use glitters. The effect of glitters works best when an object is moving and you’ve guessed it right, thats why a pop-up is perfect to use for glitters! By using holographic glitter on white paper, you can make a pop-up look like it’s frosted or you can add some holographic glitter to snowy landscapes for that extra touch of sparkling snow. Another great usage of glitter is to use the same color glitter as the paper. By adding red glitters to red paper, the pop-up transforms into a festive holiday pop-up! It’s very easy to decorate your pop-ups with glitter by first drawing some glue lines around the cut-outs and sprinkle those with glitters. Let it dry for about an hour and carefully brush off the remaining glitter that you can re-use for your next projects. There’s no need to use strong glue to add glitters so we recommend to use Elmer’s School Glue which dries transparent. Working with glitter can be a bit messy. If you don’t want your desk (and yourself) covered with glitters you can also choose for Glitter Glue, a two-in-one product that is less wasteful and easy to apply.


You can choose from a variety of beautiful paper sheets that you can order online but there are many other ways of being creative with what you can use to decorate a Christmas pop-up. You can cut out details or patterns from Christmas wrapping paper and glue that on your pop-up. You can also use ribbon, that folds in-and-out with your pop-ups with ease. And let’s not forget gold and silver(chrome) paper that is perfect for that typical Christmas look! There’s so much more than colored paper to use for your Christmas pop-ups. Just look around in your house for empty packages (gold and silver paper), ribbons, glitters, some Christmas wrapping paper and don’t forget to check out our pop-up supplies guide for everything else you’ll need to create pop-ups. All you need is your imagination and you’re good to go! Just make sure your pop-up don’t gets to bulky.

Christmas Color combinations

The most basic Christmas color combinations are obvious but beautiful. Did you know that the most used combination for DIY projects is the classic combination of candy cane red and white? But there’s so much more to discover and use as a color palette for your Christmas project! In case you’re looking for inspiration to give your Christmas pop-up some color, we’ve created a set of color combinations that fits almost every pop-up theme or design. How about a palette of Santa’s workshop with some gold details? Or a beautiful combination of blues and bright yellow to create an Arctic night? It’s all in our Christmas Color guide!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas DIY pop-up special! If you would like to know more about creating pop-ups you can take a look at our How-to pages about making pop-ups, books about paper engineering and more pop-up tutorials and templates. Don’t forget to share this page with your friends and family!

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