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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    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!

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    frenchbulldog 7726 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 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.

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    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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