Halloween Pop Up Card: 3D Pumpkin

Halloween Pop Up Card: 3D Pumpkin

I finally finished my Halloween Popup Card. Here's the final count from the poll I took on October 12th asking you what kind of Halloween card I should make. The choices were: bat, ghost and pumpkin. There were 4 votes for the ghost, 5 votes for the bat and 10 votes for the pumpkin! So the pumpkin was definitely the favorite. Thanks for voting everyone! I still incorporated bat and the ghost elements into this card for you guys who voted for them.

I was hoping to finish this card earlier, but it has been a tough week. I only had a few hours here and there to work on it. This pumpkin proved to be harder than I expected. I ran into some software problems where my designs had errors when importing them into my cutting machine. So I spent a few late nights and early mornings just trouble shooting my cutter. As often the case, my designs work well in theory and perfectly in a CAD model, but when built with paper, it doesn't work so well. The problem I had was that the tension from the opening the card doesn't fully get transmitted through to the top of the pumpkin, so the top flaps don't close down enough to form a closed shape. I solved this by using thread to pull the back side of the card down, providing more tension to flatten out the top flaps. It's a few added steps, but I think it works well. Here is what the card looks like:


Outside cover (there's the bat and ghost!):

Here is the card opened:


Here is a front view:


Here is a view of the back so you can see the other ghost. I designed the top of the pumpkin to be slightly concave, like a real pumpkin:


Here is a view of it half folded:


I put bats in the corners of the card to hold the inside and outside of the card together. Here's a video of the card in action:

When you make this card, you can customize the face of the pumpkin, just as if you were carving a real pumpkin. If I had more time, I'd make different versions: happy pumpkin, scary pumpkin, funny pumpkin…etc. There are many ways you can customize this design.

You can view the tutorial for this design here: 3D Pumpkin Pop Up Card Tutorial.

  • Lily Foo
    Posted at 18:14h, 30 October Reply

    So cute!!!!

  • Emily
    Posted at 08:48h, 01 November Reply

    SO AWESOME!!!.. lol if only I saw this yesterday…. now its 1st of November. 🙁 but I still want to make it! lol

    Posted at 12:16h, 01 November Reply

    even though halloween is over can you plz make the tutorial

  • Kitt
    Posted at 11:44h, 04 November Reply

    Your so talented. Do you take requests? I’d like to make an invite or thank you card for my Bunco Group (dice game). Can you do something like a Dice popup? We use 3 dice for Bunco. Thanks

    • Creative
      Posted at 17:20h, 04 November Reply

      Hi Kitt, sorry, but i do not take requests. Thank for visiting my website!

  • Brenda
    Posted at 19:57h, 04 November Reply

    I love your popup! You did a super job as you always do! I think I will try this and maybe incorporate a leafy vine for Thanksgiving since I have missed Halloween. Thanks again for sharing your talent and don’t forget to get your rest. These popups are so addicting.

  • marie house
    Posted at 09:16h, 08 December Reply

    I downloaded the template for the pumpkin popup card. When I looked at it, the first page has all the images covering the page. Page 2 and 3 the image is about an inch square in the upper right hand corner. Is it supposed to be that way? If not how would I go about getting the images to the size they should be.
    Thank you,
    Marie House

    • Creative
      Posted at 11:38h, 08 December Reply

      Somehow your viewer is not working correctly. Try downloading the pdf file to your computer. Make sure you have a recent copy of Adobe reader. The template should be 3 full 8.5″x11″ pages.

  • Rosy
    Posted at 08:50h, 15 December Reply

    hola querido amigo, realmente vuelvo a enviarle mis felicitaciones por sus maravillosos y creativos trabajos, sigo sus videos por you tube, y me interesa aprender a realizar este tipo de tarjetas, me he suscrito a su pàgina pero lamentablemente no puedo acceder a los moldes de las tarjetas que me interesan, ahora mismo trato de acceder a los moldes de las tarjetas de halloween, dia de la madre, pero no se puede, podrían darme una clave para poder ingresar y no molestarlos constantemente?… Gracias, soy su amiga desde Ecuador.


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