originally published May 15, 2019
updated December 13, 2020
updated for Cricut Joy January 10, 2021
updated tutorial January 30, 2022
Learn to make an amazing Unicorn pop-up card with this step-by-step tutorial! Use the free SVG file if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, or use the printable PDF if you are hand cutting.
After attending several unicorn-themed birthday parties in early 2019, I created a magical unicorn pop-up card.
This will be the coolest, most unique card the birthday child receives – I promise!
It’s also a great card to lift the spirits of someone special.
“Have a magical day!” is my preferred greeting. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the different messages you can Print then Cut for the front of the card.) Click here for the full tutorial on how to use Print then Cut.
When the card opens, a glittering horn pops up, along with two different levels of flowers.
The Pop-Up Unicorn SVG file is also available as a printable PDF, so you don’t need a cutting machine to make it.
To create the Unicorn pop-up card, you’ll need:
- the free SVG file – it’s design #40 – Unicorn Pop-Up Card SVG in the Free Files Folder
- for the sentiment on the front – design #67 – Birthday and Magical Sentiments located in the Free Files Folder
- (If you don’t have the password for the free files, fill in the form at the bottom of the page and it will be emailed to you.)
- bone folder to crease on the score lines
- 65 lb. cardstock – my favorites are these bright colors from Recollections or the essential pack with 20 colors from Recollections – I used:
- – white for the base, ears and horn support
- – glitter for the horn and flower centers
- – light pink for the inner ears
- – black for the eyelashes
- – bright blue, blue, and purple for the flowers, mane, and outer card
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If you are using the Cricut Joy:
Download SVG file #42 – Cricut Joy Unicorn Pop-Up Card SVG (available from the Free Files Folder; just sign up at the end of the post to get the magic word if you haven’t already).
In Design Space, you’ll need to change certain cut lines to Draw/Pen lines (instead of score lines as shown in the tutorial below.)
Then, after you cut it, you’ll use a bone folder to manually score on the DRAW lines.
Also, the SVG file for use with the Joy does not include the card base. (It’s too big for the Joy to cut.) You will need to use a blank premade card or hand-cut one.
How to use the free unicorn SVG in Cricut Design Space:
Download the SVG file #40 – Unicorn Pop-Up Card SVG from the Free Files Folder, then unzip it and upload it to your cutting machine’s software. (Read this tutorial if you need help uploading to Design Space.)
The first step is always to UnGroup the SVG file.
Next, select the four cut lines (as shown below). Hold down the Shift key and click each of the lines to select them at the same time.
From the Operation menu, select Score.
Now, click on the group that has the score line and cut piece (shown with the red arrow). Then click the Attach button.
Repeat this to Attach each score line to the cut piece under it.
Scroll down to the next pieces that need to be changed.
Next, select the five cut lines (as shown below with the red arrows). Hold down the Shift key and click each of the lines to select them at the same time.
From the Operation menu, select Score.
Now Attach each group as previously shown.
Your canvas should look similar to the screen shot below. The dotted lines are the score lines, and they each are attached to the cut piece below it.
Elements such as the hair, eyelashes, ears, and most of the flowers are individual pieces without score lines.
Hit the green Make It button. Cut everything out of 65 lb. cardstock.
How to assemble the Pop-Up Unicorn Card:
You should have the following pieces:
– an inner base
– a slightly larger outer base
– horn support
– support for the flowers pop-up
– two scored rectangles
– two ears, both with an inner and outer ear piece
– a horn
– two eyelashes
– three parts of the mane
– seven flowers (one is scored)
– seven flower centers (one is scored)
Use the bone folder to sharply crease the score lines in the middle of the colored outer card and the white inner card base.
Glue the white card inner to the outer card.
Use the bone folder to sharply crease score lines on both the back horn and the horn base. Also crease the tabs on the white horn base.
Apply glue to the back of the horn base.
Press the horn into the base, folding it in half as the glue dries. It needs to be folded in half inside the card later.
Glue the pink inner ears to the white outer ears.
Glue the ears to the base.
Apply glue to only the right tab of the horn base.
Fold the horn in half, and place the piece at an angle. Put the horn center exactly in the fold of the card.
Close the card and press the horn piece into the center fold of the card.
You’ll basically repeat this process for the other side.
Apply glue to the left tab.
Close the card to assure perfect alignment for the tab. Let it dry.
Tip: This piece is the most fiddly part and can easily be skipped for a quicker make!
Crease along the lines of the two rectangular pieces.
Apply glue to the top and bottom sections of the tab.
Glue the two sides of the card to the card base and the horn base. (The longest side should be facing away from the horn base.)
Open and close the card before the glue dries. The piece may need to be adjusted so that it moves when the card is both open and closed.
Repeat on the other side.
This is how it should look now. (If you skip this step, you’ll just glue the flowers onto the horn base instead of on these pop-out tabs.)
Glue the centers on the flowers.
The largest flower and center should be scored first. Open and close it while the glue is drying; this flower needs to be able to fold in half when the card is closed.
Crease along the tabs and center of the flower base.
Glue the largest flower in the middle of the little base, applying glue only on the bottom half of the flower.
Glue the two smaller flowers on the sides, again only gluing half of the flower to the base.
Use the same method as above (when you glued the horn base on.)
Apply glue to the right tab, fold the piece in half, and be sure the middle of the piece is in the center of the card when folded.
Apply glue to the left tab and fold the card shut.
You’ll have to kind of slide the piece into place around the horn when it’s half closed. Let the glue dry.
The rest of the card is really easy!
Lay out the hair and eyelashes.
Glue them into place after you’re happy with the positioning.
And… you’re done!
Now you have a fabulous pop-up unicorn card!
Messages for the front of the card:
Here are a few messages I created for the front of the card. You can use the Print then Cut feature on your Cricut Explore Air or Maker. (They are PNG files you upload to Design Space.)
These files are design #67 – Birthday and Magical Sentiments, available to download in the Free Files Folder.
Did you enjoy making the Magical Unicorn Pop-Up Card? The lucky recipient will love their special card!
Ready to download the project file? Head over to the Free Files Folder and enter the ✨ magic word. ✨ (If you don’t have the magic word, just fill in the form below first.)
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