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Paper engineering: from easy-peasy to challenging

Pop-Up Lab

Experiment like a scientist and an artist--paper engineers are both!

I guide participants through the creation of a series of pop-ups. The structures start off easy and increase in difficulty. The pace is adapted to the abilities of the group. 

The next step is to illustrate the pop-ups, add some text, and display them or give them away. Or, keep them as samples for future projects. Experiment, make mistakes and discoveries. 

Ages: 4 to 104

Past project: Our First Pop-Ups

Other Examples: 

  • A mouth (a person, an animal)

  • A circle (a soccer ball, a planet)

  • A house (a treehouse, a haunted house)

  • A boat (a pirate ship, a flower pot)

  • A v-fold (a rocket, a butterfly)


Pop-Up Folio

A folio is a piece of paper folded in half, like a greeting card. With heavy card stock as the base and thinner card for the pop-up inside, you have a little home for the project of your choice. Write  directly on the folio or on a piece of paper in a pocket glued to the cover.

This project includes some basic paper engineering techniques but focuses on one main pop-up.

Ages: 6 to 106

Past projects: Popping Up in History Class, Pop-Up Riddles, Halloween Pop-Up

Other Examples:

  • A face (biography)

  • A pyramid (history)

  • A volcano (environmental studies)

  • A book and reader (language arts)

  • A bar graph (math)


Pop-Up Book

This workshop starts off with an introduction to pop-ups and the basic techniques ("The Pop-Up Lab").  Participants compose the text and I help them decide which pop-ups are best suited to their story. Then they assemble the pop-ups (usually between five and seven). I demonstrate how to create the cover and, if there's a  lot of text, a pocket for folded sheets of text.

Ages: 6 to 106

Past projects: Animals and Emotions, Environmental Studies

Other Examples:

  • Animals

  • Space

  • Abstract shapes

  • A fairy tale

  • Places I'd like to visit


Pop-Up Carousel  NEW!

This workshop also starts off with an introduction to pop-ups and the basic techniques ("The Pop-Up Lab").

A pop-up carousel is four collapsible “rooms” that look like a simple book when closed. When open, they form a 360-degree “house.” The four sections can contain pop-ups and movable elements, such as a door, a picture or a clock. The text can be written or printed and glued directly on the carousel or a booklet can be housed in a pocket on the back cover.


Ages: 10 to 110


  • A 19th century house 

  • A dream house

  • Math: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

  • The elements (earth, air, fire, water)

  • The four seasons

“The students got very involved in the project. It’s a really stimulating workshop! What the students enjoyed most was realizing that they were capable of making their own pop-ups. Kate is wonderful and super organized. I loved this workshop and so did the kids!”

Marina C.
Teacher from Montreal
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