SPIRAL POP-UP CARD – Paper Engineering, Contrast, Shape

Students use construction paper to create a simple, spiral pop-up card with 3 different sized spirals.

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SPIRAL POP-UP CARD – Paper Engineering, Contrast, Shape


  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Cardstock Paper - Brights (optional)


Step 1
  1. Cut a large circle out of 1/4 of a piece of construction paper.
  2. Cut a spiral into the circle.
  3. Let the outer edge guide you as you cut around and around until you get to the centre.
Step 2
  1. Fold a piece of 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm construction paper in half widthwise.
  2. Open the paper.
  3. Place the spiral near the centre of the bottom half of the paper.
  4. Apply some glue to the back of one end of the spiral.
  5. Glue it in place.
Step 3
  1. Apply glue to the front of the other end of the spiral.
Step 4
  1. Close the paper and press it flat.
  2. Open the paper to see how the spiral pops up.
  3. Make 2 more spirals each a different width than the others.
Step 5
  1. Use simple shapes and contrasting colours of construction paper to add details to the scene.
  2. Glue them to the spirals and the background paper.
  3. Open and close the card to see how the scene pops up.
  4. Write a concise statement somewhere on the scene.
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