The Bottom Line
- Great directions and pictures
- Unlimited, creative possibilities
- Not for young kids as much of the cutting is done with a craft knife
- Softcover book with 64 jam-packed pages.
- Easy to understand directions and helpful, colored photos.
- Great tips and hints scattered through-out the book.
- Great way to experiment with Blank Board Books and Altered Art.
Guide Review - Pop-Up Paper Structures
This book starts out by explaining the basic supplies you will need, most of which you may have lying around your house. You can get started with supplies as basic as paper, ruler, and scissors. To expand on the basics, you will want a craft knife and mat, creasing tools, a few different adhesives, and embellishing objects such as stickers, stamps, and brads. It also explains the basics of how pop-up structures work and how they are constructed, along with a list of all the terminology used in the book.
The author then shares three chapters featuring instructions for making specific types of pop-up structures. These are broken down into groups featuring simple 90 degree pop-ups, intermediate 90 degree pop-ups, and 180 degree pop-ups. Altogether, you will learn how to make 12 different pop-up designs: six 90 degree designs, both simple and intermediate, and six 180 degree designs. All of the directions are easy to understand and there are many photos and illustrations included to help you understand exactly how each design is constructed.
Finally, the author shares directions to make several specific projects. These include pop-up note cards, a bouquet of flowers pop-up card, pop-up house, pop-up gift tags, and pop-up books. I love the little dog house pop-up she created, which can also easily be modified into a haunted house for Halloween or a gingerbread house for Christmas. I also cannot wait to try my hand at making a personalized pop-up book; I think this would be a fun way to make altered art!