1st Edition

New Pop-Up Paper Projects
Step-by-step paper engineering for all ages

ISBN 9780415679312
Published July 10, 2013 by Routledge
152 Pages 1691 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

New Pop-Up Paper Projects is an inspirational book for everyone who wants to learn and share the magic of pop-up paper engineering. Illustrated throughout with colour diagrams and photographs, this book guides you through basic techniques and foundation skills, offers advice on classroom planning and health and safety and shows you how to ensure that learners of all ages can develop and progress their skills.

Guiding you through 90-, 180- and 360-degree engineering, this book presents step-by-step instructions and ideas for over 200 cross-curricular themes, from cityscapes to magical creatures. Aiming to challenge and inspire, Paul Johnson uses over 150 paper-engineering techniques, including:

  • storybooks
  • pop-ups without folds
  • zigzag pop-ups
  • pulleys, wheels and levers
  • asymmetrical pop-ups
  • intricate toy theatres
  • diagonal pop-ups with movables.

This book, brimming with pop-up techniques and how to teach them, is for everyone – from the self-styled ‘visually illiterate’ to the art graduate, from parents keeping creativity alive at home to classroom teachers planning an engaging curriculum for their class of 30 plus pupils.

Table of Contents

1. Making 90-degree pop-ups 2. Vertical boxes  3. Horizontal boxes  4. Angled pop-ups  5. Angled pop-ups with additions  6. Geometric pop-ups  7. Asymmetrical pop-ups – vertical  8. Asymmetrical pop-ups - horizontal  9. Story books  10. Hanging pop-up books  11. Making 180-degree pop-ups  12. Magic rainbows  13. More magic rainbows  14. Combining Pop-ups  15. Zigzag pop-ups  16. Projected pop-ups  17. All creatures great and small  18. Houses  19. Cubes and pyramids  20. Constructing with boxes  21. Cars, boats and planes  22. Pop-up pictures  23. Diagonal pop-ups  24. Diagonal pop-ups with movables  25. Bracketed diagonal pop-ups  26. Single sheet 180-degree pop-ups  27. Pop-ups without folds  28. Paper mechanics  29. Star books  30. Tunnel books  31. Carousel book  32. Visual stories  33. Making books

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Paul Johnson has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts and is author of over 15 titles including Pop-up Paper Engineering (Falmer, 1992). A successful book artist with work in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the National Gallery and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC as well as many US universities, his work has been selected for a number of awards and exhibitions including Stand and Deliver, a US touring exhibition of pop-up editioned books.


As a primary school teacher, I can find design and technology projects a bit daunting. Almost nothing frustrates me more than having a class full of children making a mess with paper, scissors and glue. However, a book like this has the potential to transform that teacher’s nightmare into creative bliss, fuelling the children’s imaginations and turning those sheets of paper into imaginative and exciting creations. From a stand-alone project, something to keep children amused during free time, or a cross-curricular topic, this is a valuable resource for anyone who works with, or has, children.

The book is divided into two main sections, with progressively harder designs. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, accompanied by labelled diagrams, which will appeal especially to visual learners. At the start of the book is a list of thematic contents, making it quick and easy to refer to something specific - from Little Red Riding Hood, to Macbeth, it could be an interesting way of engaging children in literature, for example, by bringing the stories alive. What I find particularly interesting about this book, is the fact that there are no precise measurements for the designs, making room for individuality and a little creative licence. Ultimately, as the author himself states, "making things with the hands is at the core of learning", and this book facilitates that in a wonderful way. I am looking forward to creating some interesting things with my pupils!

Carly Neighbour, Primary School Teacher