Creating a Pop-Up Card

In this activity, you will create a pop-up card with a character or message that expresses confidence. It can be a book character or the “future you.”  This activity is inspired by the book I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Diane Dillon. In this story, Zoe is a confident girl who believes she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind into it, but a voice inside her tells her otherwise. Zoe chooses not to listen to this voice by gathering courage from the power of reading and writing.

Rediscover thanks Alex Wilensky, María José Urrestarazu, and Hannah Dahl at Prescott Enriched Sciences Magnet Elementary School in Los Angeles and the University of Washington Library and Information Sciences Master's Program for their contributions to our curriculum library, including this project!

We've added I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't to the Chill Zone at reDiscover Center. Find this book during your next visit for some confidence inspiration or follow along this Read Aloud.

STEP 1 - Think and Reflect on the story


  • What does it mean to be confident?
  • What makes Zoe a confident character?
  • How does reading and writing give us confidence?
  • Do you have a “voice” that tells you that you can’t be anything you want or that you can’t do what you want to do? How do you silence this voice?
  • How do you overcome the obstacles, challenges, or problems that stop you from achieving your goals?

STEP 2 - Gather your Materials

Tools & Materials

  • Magazine
  • 2 sheets of colored papers/construction papers (2 different colors is preferred). One color will be the inside of the card and the other will be for the front cover of your card.
  • 1 Glue Stick
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 Pen or pencil
  • 1 Ruler
  • *Optional: Accessories to decorate the cover of the card: googly eyes, yarn or thread for hair, pieces of cardboard, aluminum foil to make it shiny… get creative! 

STEP 3 - Plan out your card's contents

Before making the card, design and cut out your pop-up figure (character, message, future profession, etc.)

Use pictures and words found in magazines or print some out.

STEP 4 - Create your card and the pop-up cutout

Take one sheet of colored paper and place it horizontally. Fold it in half, like a book.

With the ruler and keeping the paper folded, draw the length of the lines that will hold your pop-up figure on the folding line, horizontally. Depending on how much you want your figure to come out, make short or long lines. For more tips on how to create a pop-up figure, visit this tutorial on making a pop-up book.

Grab your scissors and cut on the lines you just made.

Open your card, and fold the pocket that you just made so that it pops out from the inside of your card.

STEP 5 - Glue your pieces onto your card

With your card opened, use glue to attach your pop-up design to the folded pocket.

STEP 6 - Add the outside layer to your card

Grab your second sheet of colored paper and put it under your opened card. Fold both sheets so that the second paper looks like a cover. Attach the second piece of paper to your card using a glue stick, paying special attention to not glue to the hole of the pop-up pocket.

Finally, make a cool design on your card cover and… VOILA!!! You have a pop-up card.

I hope this card helps you to have faith in yourself and that, if you put your mind to it, you can be anything you want!


For any tips on how to use specific tools safely, visit our YouTube library for Tiny Techniques.


Visit the Techniques tab in reDiscover Center's Pedagogy Resources to access our Tiny Techniques videos and get tips for working safely and efficiently with tools.

Once you have finished your binoculars, take them out and look at the world! You can also show them off to your friends, telling them about how you made them from recycled materials.  When you use scraps and recycled materials, it means no new plastics or materials were taken from natural resources. Great job! If you want to share a picture on social media, be sure to tag @reDiscoverCtr. We'd love to see what you made!

Activity Guide written by María José Urrestarazu.

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