DIY Pop-Up Thank You Cards

I’m finally finished with my thank you cards! It takes only 4 steps to create this simple pop-up, here’s how:

1. Trim liner to fit inside card as desired:

2. Fold liner in half and make 2 parallel cuts perpendicular to the fold line (size and location as desired, I chose 1/2″ to 2/3″ cuts with matching lengths apart):

3. Open liner and push in fold from the cuts:

4. Glue on desired cut out on the fold’s front face:


The front of a couple of our cards:

They open up like this (yes, one of them says ‘many thanks… for being Awesomest Prime!’):

Photo+Quote cards from the Marriage Celebration Tree were also included with the corresponding TY cards:

I recycled as many materials as I could from the wedding. The signs contributed much to this project:

I used tape instead of glue to secure the signs so that I could reuse the paper and ribbons:

I tried several looks before I ended up with the relatively-easy-to-mass-produce versions you see above. Sewing paper is a huge pain in the butt!

We sealed them with some leftover wedding stickers from my cousin’s wedding. :)

Paper is my least favorite craft so I procrastinated on these forever (in hindsight, I really should have outsourced this). It’s 5+ months after the wedding and I’m just now sending these out! I once heard that I had up to a year to send them out, so I’ve been holding on to that excuse all this time. It ain’t pretty, but it’s done! Woot!

When do you consider a TY card late? Are you giving yourself a time limit for sending out thank you cards?


Mrs. Green Tea

Wedding Date:
August 2008
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    furelysse, Guest @ 6:20 pm

    Is this a Penguin post, or a Green Tea post?

  2. flamingo Member
    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 pm

    I was thinking the same…

  3. cherrypie Member
    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:25 pm

    Wait a minute Pen Pen, you poseur! 😉

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    cannotwait 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:25 pm

    I’ll try to do them all in a month, but if my semester gets too busy, it might be 3-4

  5. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:56 pm

    Where’d you get those crafty ideas? Were they brewing (hehe) up in your own mind? :-)

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    Jellybean77 78 posts, Worker bee @ 7:03 pm

    LOL total pengy post!

  7. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:40 pm

    Ooh, so crafty. I love it!

  8. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:04 pm

    Dang. I was going to write about my thank you cards, but now you just make mine look stupid. I mean they kind of were, stupidly simple, but that’s how I do things. You do things in the “super creative recycled chic” way.

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    saramari 315 posts, Helper bee @ 8:48 pm

    These look lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. seabreeze Member
    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 8:50 pm

    Ditto @Mrs. Avocado. These are just way too gosh darned cute.

  11. springroll Member
    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 8:56 pm

    So cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. duckling Member
    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:18 pm

    I love the pop ups! These cards are so cute and I think 5 months after is perfectly okay. :)

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    onlyonelove54 233 posts, Helper bee @ 9:27 pm

    wow those look great

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    cs 50 posts, Worker bee @ 11:12 pm

    Just an FYI – etiquette says you have a year to SEND a present. Thank you notes are expected to be sent promptly – although a grace period is acceptable for presents given at the wedding on account of the fact that nobody should have to write Thank You notes on their honeymoon. :)

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    VanGal 26 posts, Newbee @ 11:23 pm

    very nice job – so simple but it looks so good. For handmade cards, i think you get 5 months no problem. I was so exhausted from making the invites, menu cards, programmes, replies etc. that I used some simple and pretty Thank You note cards that I picked up at Michaels (Brides Magazine line, I think).

    We got married Sept 6th and we made it our mission to have the cards out before we sent the Christmas cards out….. so 3 months?

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 1:13 am

    Those are so cute! And mine are written, but 3 months after the wedding we still have not handed some out (we are hand-delivering, just as we did with the invites).

  17. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:24 am

    Wow, I would’ve never come up with an idea like this. They look great! And I love that you were able to recycle paper and ribbon you used before.

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    mooreshugar 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:45 am

    i love that you recycled stuff! they look wonderful!

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    amy77jc 276 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 am

    Those are so beautiful!

  20. toucan Member
    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:19 am

    um… these are awesome.

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    Delilah, Guest @ 8:26 am

    That is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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    TechGirl 268 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 am

    The TY cards turned out great. I wouldn’t have guessed paper was your least favorite craft :)
    I think 5 months is OK, a year seems too long.

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 9:13 am

    I think your TY cards came out awesome!!!! Great job!!!

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    driftslikesmoke 1224 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    Those are AMAZING! I’m bookmarking this one. They’re much more involved than my stamped and embossed thank yous!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:39 am

    What an awesome project! They are super cute. :)

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    L, Guest @ 11:47 am

    Those look great!

    BTW, its 3 months from the wedding that you’re supposed to send them out. I don’t know where this 1 year business came from. Someone quoted Emily Post and if you go to the website it says 3 months, not 1 year.

    I love the craftiness!

  27. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    Those look GREAT! I love how they’re all a little different :) I think your guests will see how much time you put into these and understand why they are late.

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    phruphru, Guest @ 2:10 pm

    These are fab! I love the stickers on the envelopes, too.

    (Why is everyone thinking this is Mrs. Penguin, btw? Am I missing something??)

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    Yin 347 posts, Helper bee @ 2:38 pm

    I love how resourceful you are by recycling your wedding material. Those are just about the cutest DIY thank you cards ever, and I love the addition of Optimus Prime.

  30. latte Member
    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 9:38 pm

    Great idea!!! And I love the repurposing of the ribbon…you are one smart cup of tea! heh heh.

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    Pink Cherry Spa, Guest @ 4:22 am

    Got the card today in the mail! Thank you… your the role model that everyone needs in their wedding planning! hehe. miss u lots!

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