Wow! The fall decorations are already in the stores, so it's time to start fall crafting and that means Halloween is just around the corner! This cool rib cage skeleton pop-up card from the book Playing with Pop-ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs is the perfect paper craft to work on during a hot summer day sitting in the air conditioning dreaming of crisp, cool autumn.
Pull-Tab Rib Cage
Artist Yoojin Kim translates forms found in human anatomy into pop-ups. She is captivated by the overlapping qualities that exist between the function of pop-ups and how a human body works. Pivots and levers resemble the movements of human tendons and joints and the way that muscles move. This project features an adaptation of the pull-tab cylinder technique. As the spread is opened, a strap pulls the tab to raise the rib cage from the flat surface.
Rib Cage Trivia
Here’s an interesting fact about the human rib cage: When the Flemish anatomist Vesalius noted in 1543 that humans have twenty-four ribs (twelve on each side), he set off a wave of controversy. It had been assumed from the Biblical story of Adam and Eve that men’s ribs would number one less than women’s. Variations in the number of ribs do occur, and about one in two hundred to five hundred people have an additional cervical rib; these extra ribholders are predominantly female.
templates: Download here!
Step 1: Prepare background and print
I photocopied a dictionary page onto card stock to create a background for my rib cage. You can use a plain card stock, purchase a printed card stock, illustrate the background, or make a collage to accent the ribs.
Once you’ve got your papers, Download the patterns for the base card and rib cage and print them onto your prepared card stock.
Step 2: Cut and score
Cut out the card base, the two rib cage side pieces, and the rib cage using a craft knife. Cut the three slits in the card base. Score along the central dotted line on the card base and valleyfold it in half. Score along the dashed lines on the two rib cage side pieces and mountain-fold each one along those lines.
Step 3: Glue the side pieces
Glue the inside of both folded rib cage side pieces, gluing both sides of the fold and sandwiching the matching sides of the rib cage into the glued areas.
Step 4: Thread strap and mount rib cage
Thread the strap through the righthand slit in the card base from front to back and then thread it back into the card through the slit along the dotted line. Carefully lift the left side of the rib cage and apply glue to the back side of the rib cage side piece. Attach it to the base along the dotted line, taking care not to get glue on the strap.
Step 5: Assemble
Tuck the loose end of the strap into the slit on the left side of the base while folding the base page in half. Close the card completely, fold the end of the strap over, and glue it to the card base. Let the glue dry briefly. Open the card and watch your rib cage slide into three dimensions!
Downloadthe templates and start cutting! I can't wait to make these rib cage pop-up cards for all my ghoulish friends for Halloween!
More about the new Quarry book:
Enter the enchanting world of pop-ups and handmade paper crafts. Join author Helen Hiebert as she guides you through materials, tools and pop-up basics including parallel folds, angle folds, combinations and variations, and layered pop-ups. Enjoy creating 20 projects to play with ranging from cards and books to buildings, graphic design pieces, and more. Featuring a high-end gallery of artists, whose beautiful work will inspire you to make your own amazing paper art, Playing with Pop-Ups will teach you to create interactive pieces that everyone will enjoy.
Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper, thread and light to create transcendent experiences that alter viewers’ perceptions of time, space and form. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific University. Helen exhibits her work internationally, she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, and Paper Illuminated, Playing With Paper, and she is a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends.