|Here's a really original idea the next time you need to send someone a birthday card. |
You will need:
|Start by taking a piece of pale coloured card.|
|Fold it in half, and on the front, draw a circle in pen. |
You can use a saucer or compass to do this.
|On a separate piece of white paper, draw a circle which is exactly the same size.|
|Write your message on the front of the card, inside the circle. |
Make sure you stay inside the circle!
|Then, on the paper circle, draw the picture you want to see on the front of the card. |
Colour it in and cut it out.
|To make the pulling mechanism, carefully fold your paper picture in half, so that the picture is on the outside.|
|Fold it in half again - twice.|
|And then fold it in half again - for the third time.|
|Take a pair of scissors, and snip along a curved line, about 1cm away from the top. |
The idea is to cut a line almost all the way across, but donít go all the way!
|Then, turn it over, and do the same again, about half a centimetre from the last line.|
|And do it again - turn it over and cut about half a centimetre from the previous one. |
The idea is to keep going all the way until youíre about a centimetre away from the middle.
|Then - the tricky bit - open it out. |
Be patient and very careful!
It can be fiddly, so be careful not to rip the paper after all your hard work!
Then press it flat against the table.
|Take a small strip of sticky tape, and just stick it onto the centre of the paper at the back.|
|Then push a small hole through the tape. The best way to do this is to use a cocktail stick. Put some sticky tack underneath it, and just push through.|
|Then, you need to take a long piece of cotton. Thread both ends through the hole.|
You need to do it from the picture side.
Pinch the two ends together, give them a lick, and push them through.
When it comes through the other side, tie a knot thatís big enough to stop it going back through.
|Itís always a good idea to pop another square of tape over the end of the string, so that itís secure.|
|Then, take some glue, and put a thin line of glue around the edge of the card circle - no more than 1cm thickness, but keep the glue inside the line.|
|Carefully place your paper picture on top and leave it to dry.|
|Test it out to see if it works. |
And there you have it, a pull-a-picture card!
You could do lots of other picture cards. How about a throbbing heart, or even put the message on the front to reveal a picture?
Try it yourself!