Secret picture-reveal Christmas card

You will need

  • A4 Card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Photo
  • Decorations

Step 1

Fold your piece of card and cut in half so you have 2 pieces of A5 sized card.

Step 2

Using one piece, mark the centre line and fold in the sides, making two doors to your card.

Step 3

Using the other A5 piece, cut in half, lengthways or horizontally. Then cut one strip in half.

Step 4

Measure 2cm from the short edge, and mark a line at 1cm and 2cm. Fold along these lines.

Repeat with the other piece of card.

Step 5

To make the mechanism

Using the folded tabs, place the outside cm on the back and the inside cm on the door side. Close the door.

Make a mark where one of the doors meets the card, in the centre of the card. Draw a line to the two corners to make a triangle shape. Cut this piece out. 

Repeat on the other side.

Step 6

Stick the tabs into place. Interlock the pointed edges.  

Test the doors can open and close, creating a window.

Decorate the mechanism flaps if you wish.

We've made it into a Christmas cracker shape.

Add a photo in the space.

Step 7

Use the remaining half of the paper to secure the mechanism.

Cut a piece of card to fit the length of the card. Place this underneath the mechanism and draw the outline of the window. Find a circle shape that fits around this and draw and cut out the shape. (We used the bottom of a PVA glue bottle)

Stick the card in position, 1cm from the top and bottom

To make the card pop, we decorated the mechanism with coloured card to make a fetching Christmas cracker.

Finishing Touches

Try your card out and then decorate how you wish!

Our design has a present shape on the front, which we made using coloured paper, ribbon and star stickers. 

Make sure to send us a picture of your finished card, using the link below, we'd love to see your designs.

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