Birthday Pop Up Cards


This is the tutorial for the detailed version of the birthday cupcake popup card. This version is a little more advanced than the simple version because the design requires you to be skilled with an X-acto knife or have a cutting machine. I’ve also included a few more versions of the parts so that the cake is more customizable. For example, the cupcake can have frosting with sprinkles or stars on them. I have numbered candles so you can make the card for someone at any age. Here are some images of a card I made for a 21 year old.

The instructions for how to make the cupcake pop up card are in the video below:

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Here are written instructions for the tutorial.

  1. Purchase the template for this design here: Detailed Birthday Cupcake Pop Up Card Template.
  2. Print out the template and use it to cut out the center card, oval cake parts, frosting, candles, flames and other pieces you want to decorate your cupcake with.  Here are tips for using templates to cut out the design in your desired cardstock: How to use templates to make a pop up card.
  3. Fold the 2 halves of the cupcake for the center of the card up.
  4. Glue the top of the cupcake together. Fold the card flat to make sure it is aligned.
  5. Assemble the inside card to the outside cover at the four corners.
  6. Glue the candles with your chosen numbers.
  7. Glue the cake ovals.
  8. If you chose the frosting with the sprinkles or the stars, cut another piece of colored paper to put behind the frosting. This will add color to the sprinkles or stars and will also block the background color of the cake ovals and the center card.
  9. Glue the frosting on.
  10. Glue the flames on the candles.
  11. Glue any extra parts for the lettering inside the card.
  12. Glue any extra parts, such as the text, “Happy Birthday” to the outside of the card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.



  1. Shirley at Sep 06, 2011 11:59:14

    Great Tutorial!

  2. Ria at Sep 09, 2011 01:06:03

    Bedankt voor deze geweldige tutorial.

  3. Petrina at Sep 12, 2011 07:09:20

    Your Art is brilliant and beautiful.

    For the love of paper.

    Happy thoughts,

    • Creative at Sep 14, 2011 01:04:22

      Hi Petrina! Thanks for stopping by my website! You were the one who introduced me to cutting machines back in 2008! I love your work!

  4. eun ji at Sep 14, 2011 03:51:25

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  5. vale at Sep 30, 2011 08:58:39

    i love the card…but can u post the tutorial of the lotus flower card? it is amaizing!

  6. jingvites at Oct 23, 2011 12:59:32

    creative as always! love this!

  7. Agnia at Dec 29, 2011 03:58:16

    It is really wonderful! My 10 friends and I are your fans from Russia! Great work!

  8. Melanie at Jan 03, 2012 05:34:16

    Thank you so much for the videos and templates.
    They are sure from a very talented person
    Best wishes for your new daughter

  9. Melissa at Jan 15, 2012 05:17:40

    how did u get the frosting and cake all colorful??

    • Creative at Jan 16, 2012 01:08:07

      I cut all the parts out of different pieces of cardstock.

  10. daniela at Feb 01, 2012 03:12:56

    u_U por que pusiste que tenemos que comprar las plantillas yo no soy de estados unidos no puedo comprarlas y me encanta hacer este tipo de tarjetas

  11. sudiro at Feb 10, 2012 03:43:33

    i love this video.because,previously i dont have idea how to make some gifts for my girl from indonesia.thanks for this video previously i’ve ever had made 3d pop up cards for my college project.nice to know you

  12. elissa at Jun 08, 2013 01:38:53

    where do you print out the papers

    • CreativeRich at Jun 08, 2013 02:56:36

      Hi Elissa, After you purchase the template, you can download the files under “My Account & Downloads”.

  13. antun sojat at Feb 06, 2014 02:12:10

    Hi, is there a video tutorial for this card?? Thnx

  14. antun sojat at Feb 06, 2014 02:14:05

    Stupid me, found it.. :)

    • CreativeRich at Feb 07, 2014 10:06:20

      Yey! you found it :)


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