Pop-Up Grill Card | Gift Card Holder | SVG cut Files and Tutorial

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to make something fun for the guys! So I’ve designed a pop-up grill card that is perfect for dads and summer cook-outs. And the best part? You can put a gift card right inside the grill (just like my coffee cup gift card holder). Just flip open the grill hood and pull out the gift card. Isn’t that fun? You can use this for a summer party or cookout, too — just leave the gift card out. And it all folds flat so you can slip it into a 5″ x 7″ envelope and even mail it. 


Pop-Up Grill Card | Gift Card Holder | SVG cut Files and Tutorial

Let me show you how easy it is to make this Pop-Up Grill Card! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make A Pop-Up Grill Card

How to Make a Pop-Up Grill Card and Gift Card Holder

Step 1: Get My Free Grill Card SVG File

My free Grill card and Gift Card Holder SVG cut file is Design #33, and it has two separate files, the grill base file and the grill file which contains all the other pieces of the card.

Get the free pop-up grill card and gift card holder design from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).

Step 2: Prepare Your Pop-Up Grill Card Design File for Cutting

Here is what the pop-up grill card SVG cut file will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:

Cardstock design uploaded to Cricut Design Space to make a Father's Day pop-up grill card.

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

Note that I have included score lines as the first layer in both the grill file and the base file, so you need to change that layer from Cut to Score after uploading it to Design Space, and then attach the first two layers together to ensure the score lines appear in the correct places. Everything else is on its own layer so you can change colors or show/hide as much as you like.

Need help with the scoring lines? Check out my tutorial on Cricut Scoring, Grouping, and Attaching!

Step 3: Cut Out Your Pop-Up Grill Card Design

If you use metallic cardstock like me, you may find it hard to cut. I had to create a Custom Material with a setting of 330 and a 3x cut.

Step 4: Spray Your Small Pieces with Adhesive

Once your pieces are cut out, begin by spraying the backs of all the small pieces with adhesive (doors, knobs, utensils, hood rectangles, food, plate, etc.) I recommend you put them on a small piece of card stock, spray them in your overspray box, then lift out the entire piece of card stock with your sprayed pieces — so much easier that way!

Spray adhesive on the Pop-Up Grill Card | Gift Card Holder | SVG cut Files and Tutorial

At this point, I recommend you watch my assembly video from start to finish — it’s really a lot easier to watch me put it together, I think! But I do explain each step below for those who do not like videos, of course.

Step 5: Decorate the Front of Your Grill 

Identify the front piece of your grill — that’s the part with the grill-like grate in it (see photo below). Turn the piece over so your score lines are on the underside, as shown below.

Front of the grill

Now decorate the front of your grill in any way you like. Note that if you put anything on the little side tables of the grill, they need to go on the reverse side so they are visible when folded down.

Decorating the front of your grill

Step 6: Decorate the Back of your Grill

Now take the back piece of your grill and, again, turn it so the score lines are on the underside.

The back of the grill

Decorate the hood with the rectangle pieces if you want.

decorate the hood of your grill

Step 7: Fold Score Lines

Once your decorations are on, begin folding your grill pieces (front and back) along the score lines. Everything gets folded IN except the tab at the bottom, which gets folded OUT. The hood gets folded so it is a sort of curved shape. See my photo below for reference.

Folding the grill pieces

Step 8: Attach Grill Pieces Together

Slot the front and back pieces together so that the extra flaps are on the INSIDE of the grill, as shown below. Turn it over and apply glue to the underside of those flaps. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.

Glue one side of your grill

To attach the other side, put glue on the underside of the flaps on the other side of the grill BEFORE you slot them together. With the glue on the flaps, carefully slot them and then press and hold. Again, allow to dry before moving on. I recommend you let it dry flat, as that way you know everything folds flat without buckling.

Applying glue before slotting the other side of the grill

Step 9: Glue the Grate to Your Grill

The easiest way to do this is to fold the grill flat, allow the grate to fold in half upward, put glue on the flap of the grate, then position it so it’s being covered by the back of the grill. Allow it to dry flat.

Glue down the grate on your pop-up grill

Once everything is dry, open up your grill and stand it up. You can close the hood now and practice opening and closing it.

Pop-up grill, standing up!

Step 10: Assemble Gift Card Holder (optional)

If you want to use the grill to hold a gift card, you’ll want to attach the bottom tray to keep the card from slipping out when it is folded flat. The tray gets folded into a W shape — just glue the sides of the W and slide it into the bottom, being careful to put it in just far enough so no part of the tray is extending past the bottom of the grill.

Glue the tray into the bottom of the grill

Step 11: Attach to Card Base (optional)

If you want to put the grill into a card (for a pop-up card), just slide the tabs on either side of it into the slots in the base card. Glue or tape from underneath.

Slot the pop-up grill into the card base

Step 12: Decorate the Front of the Card

You can now attach whatever sort of outer card you want — in my example, I simply glued a plain piece of black card stock around it. I’m sure you could get creative here and make a great card front! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I haven’t done that yet on my card.

And that’s all there is to the pop-up grill! Here’s an alternate version with more stainless steel!

Inside of the Pop-Up Grill Card | Gift Card Holder | SVG cut Files and Tutorial Pop-Up Grill Card | Gift Card Holder | SVG cut Files and Tutorial

I’d love to see your Pop-Up Grill Cards. Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

Here is a pop-up grill card made by reader Lois Windsor — isn’t it great?

Pop-Up Grill Card made by Jennifer Maker reader Lois Windsor

Here’s another version of the pop-up grill card made by reader Janine Rudnick!

Popup Grill by Jennifer Maker - Made by reader Janine Rudnick

This one is made by reader Cheryl Gould — I love how shiny it is!

Pop-up Grill Card by Jennifer Maker - Made by Reader Cheryl Gould

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  1. love love love this! only question; I changed the black to print on 8.5×11 and I didn’t get any score lines on any of the pages. Is this because I changed the size, or are the score lines MIA?

    1. Good morning, Michelle! I still see the score line layer in the files. When you upload the file to Design Space and place it on your canvas, what is the very first layer you see?

      1. I can *see* the score lines in blue, but all the layers are cuts. I think I just figured it out though; that first layer is all the score lines and I just needed to change it to score instead of cut. That should fix it for the next one!

  2. OMG! Love this and LOVED making it! Thanks soon much for the file and the tutorial!!! Very clear and helpful.

  3. What great timing! Mr. SuzerSpace just got a new grill for Memorial Day, and I don’t really see why you can’t get a gift first and THEN get the cute card, right?

  4. Hi Jen I cut out all the pieces, but there are no score lines anywhere. What am I missing? Thanks! MP

    1. The score lines are there — I double-checked the file on the site. I had one person contact me to say she didn’t see them either, and it turns out the layers loaded in a different order than mine or others. Go through the layers and look for the round white circle with a red line through it in each file — that is your score line. Change it from Cut to Score, then be sure to attach it to the layer the score lines need to appear on.

  5. Hi Jennifer! I’m new to this and have really enjoyed “getting to know you” through your site, videos and instruction book! When I went to do the downloaded svg file there was a Mat 8 in a royal blue colour. I don’t understand what it’s for? In reading the above I’m now thinking it was for the score lines but it is labeled as basic cut. I’ve already popped out all the pieces and am hoping I can maybe do the scoring manually as I also couldn’t find it like the others above. I see the score lines on the canvas but when I go to make it scoring doesn’t show up. Only basic cut. Wish me luck!

  6. Hi Jennifer, I am Sabina from the Netherlands :). I want to cut this lovely grill card on my Cricut Joy. But….. how do I get the cut file to fit my mat? The file is about 20cm wide and my mat is just 11cm. Can you please help? Thank you!

    1. There are easy ways to resize SVG’s, Sabina, but for this particular card, it wouldn’t work on the Joy. The pieces would become way too small to work with, and you wouldn’t be able to insert a gift card. You could always download the pdf version of the file, and cut it out by hand, though! 😊

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