FPP Craft Camp, Week 2: Jump Ups

 
 
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There is real magic that can happen when paper is folded and glued in just the right way. It ignites true surprise, and real fun.

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Our Jump Ups start as simple illustrations (available as a FREE download right here!) that get colored, cut, folded and glued into joyful, kinetic works of art!

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This is a true all ages project. The littlest hands can take part in the assembly and but older kids will be amazed and engaged as well! I am an adult grown woman, and even I can’t get enough of these playful jumpers!

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Our Jump Ups come in 4 styles (all available as a FREE download right here!) They are truly a cinch to assemble and a delight to play with!

GET READY!

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GATHER SUPPLIES

You will need …

  • A Jump Up character, printed-out on card-stock paper

  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

GET SET!

COLOR IN

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Once you’ve chosen your character and printed it out on card-stock paper, use the colored pencils, crayons or markers to color them in. Don’t worry too much about staying inside the lines, you’ll be cutting around most of them later anyway!

CUT OUT

When all pieces of your character are colored just as you’d like, you’re ready to cut it out. Cut along the outside borders of the full character body (including the tabs) + arms. Also cut out the Paper Strip. Cut down the center line of the Paper Strip (Do not cut along the dotted line).

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TIP! If you like fine detail cutting work, you can cut along each finger of the hand. If that’s too much for you, don’t worry! Just cut around the hand like a mitt and she’ll still look just as good!

FOLD

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Fold the pieces back (so that the wrong sides of the paper face each other) along all the dotted lines to create a nice, sharp crease.

You will have 2 folds on each Arm, 4 folds on the Body, and one fold on the Paper Strip.

GLUE THE BODY

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Flip the Body piece so that the wrong side is facing up. Now, use the glue stick to glue the two long tabs together to create a little box on the Body back. Hold it for a few seconds to secure.

ATTACH THE ARMS

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Add a bit of glue to the wrong side of the little “U” shape at the top of one Arm. Tuck the “U” into the box you made on the Body back, and secure it to one short side of the box. Make sure that the right side of the Arm is facing in the same direction as the right side of the Body.

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Repeat with the other Arm on the other short side of the box.

PREPARE THE PAPER STRIP

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Add a bit of glue onto the wrong side of the Paper Strip, at the bottom section (where the paper is folded, but not cut). Press to secure the two sides of the Strip together.

FINISH

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Slide the Strip through the box on the Body back so that the glued end is at the bottom, and the two loose flaps are at the top.

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Add a bit of glue to section A of one Arm. Now, bend the top section of one of the flaps over to secure it to the Arm with the glue (be careful not to actually fold the flap as you bend it over, or make a crease).

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Repeat with the other Arm and the remaining flap.

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Now, gently push the bottom of the paper strip up and down and watch your creation come to life!

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Corinne Gill