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DIY Christmas Pop-Up Tutorials

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Christmas pop-up templates and DIY

On this page you’ll find some great DIY Christmas pop-up tutorials and templates to create your own Christmas pop-ups 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 creative and sparkling Holidays!

Christmas Pop-up Templates By Paper Engineers

On the following websites you will find many templates to make your own Christmas themed pop-ups. We have selected a nice variety of Christmas pop-up designs that will ensure you hours of paper crafting pleasure. Most of these pop-up templates are print-ready and can be downloaded in PDF format so you can get started with creating pop-ups right away!

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!

DIY Pop-up Gingerbread house by Tina Kraus

Paper engineer and pop-up creator Tina Kraus shared a wonderful Gingerbread House pop-up card template. You can find this tutorial on the faltmanufaktur website or download the template here. There’s also a video to guide you.


Christmas pop-up tutorials by Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart shows you how to make your own Christmas pop-up creations like a Christmas advent calendar packed with mini pops or a beautiful Christmas tree ornament!

Visit and subscribe to Matthew Reinhart’s YouTube Channel and Let’s make it pop!

DIY Star Wars: A Merry Sithmas Pop-Up Book

Color and create festive 3D paper models and bring the world of Star Wars to life!

An enchanting journey through the galaxy, Star Wars: A Merry Sithmas Pop-Up Book includes removable paper pieces, more than two dozen stickers, and step-by-step instructions to construct and color holiday-themed 3D pop-ups.

Various DIY Christmas pop-up tutorials

There are a lot of great pop-up tutorials for Christmas on YouTube. Talented paper artists who share their ideas and take their time to explain how a pop-up is build. This is a random selection of some fun Christmas tutorials that we’ve found for you.

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!

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…

Show Your creations!

Our Community Forum is a great place to share your paper creations with other pop-up fans and paper engineers. Get ideas and inspiration or share useful tips and advice with each other about all things paper!

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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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