bc009 ~ The International Circus Pop-Up Book Tutorial

- Medium close-up of book
- Large close-up of book

- Medium close-up of book
Large close-up of book


Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler and/or fine bone folder. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Tweezers, detailing scissors

  • Good cutting mat

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear as well as a glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Small and medium-flat artist's paint brushes to apply glue



1. Cut out the main book panel. Use the aid of a metal straight-edge to fold the two prominent panels' blank sides together. Use an artist's brush to paint a layer of glue to the back of the small panel. Press together and allow to dry thoroughly.

2. Press the panels together as shown in the photo. Next use the straight-edge metal ruler to help you crease on either side of each red band that separates the page panels. Crease the two outer panels as well--the images of audience members going up staircases. Try not to overly bend the panels back and forth or you will wear down the color coating.

3. Cut out the four main pop-up features. Make sure to use a fresh X-acto blade and a cutting mat. Doing so will make cutting these small pieces much easier to manage. If you are very good, feel free to cut out spaces between characters.

4. Use the metal straight-edge to crease the lines under each of the four main pop-up features.

5. Paint glue to the tab at the bottom of the first main pop-up feature.

6. Glue tab to create a hollow pop-up extension. Repeat on the remain three pop-up features.

7. Cut out "fairy" pop-up feature and its pink extension. Create a hollow cube of the pink extension and glue tab in place.

8. Glue the cubed pink extension to the blank side of the "fairy" pop-up feature.

9. Glue the Clown with hoop pop-up feature on panel #1. Then glue the "fairy" pop-up feature in place on panel #1.

10. Glue the double clown and donkey pop-up feature in place on panel #2.

11. Glue the two horses onto panel #3.

12. Glue the man and woman horseback riders onto panel #4.

13. To fold up book, flatten pop-up features upward as shown. Next, fold the panels as shown until compact and flat
14. Cut out the slip-on box cover and fold as shown. Paint glue to the red side tab. Press to bond tab to the inside blank surface of the respective side. Allow to dry thoroughly before putting the pop-up book in its case.
15. Slide pop-up book into case.
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