Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.
Here are a few reindeer pop-up cards you can make for Christmas. In the center pop-up section, they all use a reindeer template created by the master paper engineer Robert Sabuda. If you’ve ever seen one of the books he created, you know that he is a genius with paper. Fortunately for us, he’s put up a site with pop-up designs we can print, along with step-by-step instructions. Once you’ve made the center, you can print out the covers I’ve designed to glue to the front and back of your card.
Some of the covers are black and white pictures you can use for children to color. Others are already in color and just need to be printed and trimmed.
You are free to print these for personal and educational use. The steps are listed below.
1. Print Out the Pop-up Portion of the Card, Color, Cut, and Assemble
You’ll need two pieces of card stock to make this card. He includes step-by-step instructions, which you’ll want to follow carefully. It looks complicated, but if you follow from one step to the other, it's actually easier than it looks. Look below to see what the pop-out portion looks like when it's all done.
2. Print Out Covers for Card, Color, and Cut Out
I decided to put together these designs so that the front of the card will look nice, too. You can print them out, color them, and cut along the heavy black lines.
You'll notice that the greeting cards have big blank spaces on them—those spaces the back of the card once you’ve folded along the dotted line.
At the end of this article, you will find a link to click to access the printable templates. All the templates are in one document, so if you want only one pattern, make sure to set your printer to print only that page.
3. Cut Out the Cover and Glue It to the Outside of the Pop-up Card
Cut around the outside of cover, fold it, and then use a glue stick to attach it to the outside of the pop-up card you made.
You may need to trim the edges a little bit.
Voila! You have a card with a pretty front and a reindeer pop-out in the center.
Below, you'll see a photo of each template. To access a printable pdf, scroll down to the bottom of this article to find the link.
Template in PDF Form to Print
Here is the link to the Printable Reindeer Card Templates. All seven of the cards above are in the same document. If you only want one card, set up your printer to print just that page number.
10 Interesting Facts About Reindeer
As a librarian, I’ve checked out these facts in authoritative sources like Encyclopedia Britannica, National Public Radio, and the BBC.
- Reindeer have quite the antlers. They can grow 4.5 feet long! If you had a pair of reindeer antlers sitting on the ground next to you, they would be taller than most kids and reach the shoulders of most adults.
- Reindeer are the only deer species in which the females have antlers. In fact, most males lose their antlers by December (don’t worry; they grow back), so the antlered reindeer that are pulling Santa’s sleigh are probably female. (That means Rudolph is probably a girl!)
- Speaking of Rudolph, the name means “Famous Wolf.” And here I thought the “Rud” part derived from the color “red” in another language. You know, like “ruddy.” I can’t think of anyone who is less wolfish than Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He seems rather gentle and timid. Though, I suppose the other reindeer were acting like a pack and shunning the one that looked different.
- In summer, reindeer eat the things you would expect: grass and leaves. According to Britannica, they also seek out mushrooms to eat. In the winter, they eat lichen because it’s pretty much the only thing around where they live. Most lichen grow very slowly—less than a millimeter a year. (I used to work at a botanic gardens library. Someone called me up and asked me how fast lichen grow. It was a tough answer to find in the days before the internet. I finally found a book that said they grow at 10 exponent—14 inches/year. Now that I have the internet, I find that some of them grow a half meter a year.) As another note, I talked to Santa once (yes, he comes to my library every year), and he says the reason his reindeer can fly is because he gives them pinto beans to eat. It’s Santa, so it must be true.
- Most reindeer migrate farther than any other mammal. Some of them travel over 3,000 miles a year.
- Little reindeer mature fast. A baby can run about 90 minutes after it is born.
- Some people ride reindeer. You know them as sleigh-pullers, but the Evenk people of the Da Hinggan Range in China mount the reindeer and ride them.
- Reindeer cheese. Yes, it’s a thing. Reindeer milk is one of the richest milks, with way more protein and butterfat (cream) than you find in cow’s milk. It’s not a big thing, though. The reason you don’t find reindeer cheese at your local Whole Foods is that they only give about 1.5 cups of milk a day.
- Reindeer can see ultraviolet light. They are the only mammals that can.
- It was Clement C. Moore who described the connection between Santa and his reindeer. That’s the fellow who wrote “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” you know, the poem that starts “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Donner and Blitzen mean “Thunder and Lightning” in German. I imagine those deer are able to give the sleigh quite a bit of power once they get going.
© 2018 Adele Jeunette
Ava333 on December 21, 2018:
What if we don't have a printer at home or can't find a cur out for a pop up.