DIY polar bear cards
These DIY polar bear cards offer a wintry alternative to traditional Christmas cards - there are four designs to inspire you, which will you choose?
Make these fun polar bears using our free templates! Have fun dressing up your bears with some funky patterned scarves – you could try making matching hats and mittens for them as well.
Want some free patterned paper to make your polar bear cards? Take a look at our ever-growing collection of free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different themes – we love these Northern Lights papers, or how about these White Christmas papers?
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You will need:
- Your exclusive polar bear templates
- Coloured card (we’re using teal, navy & white)
- Any embellishments you want to use
- Scoring board
- Scoring tool
- Small paper punch
Try these DIY polar bear cards
1. Zig zag polar bear card
Trace the polar bear template onto card then cut it out to make a template 16.5cm in length. The same outline can be photocopied to make templates in different sizes.
Place the polar bear template onto white card. As the head will be folded down, work out which side you would prefer the texture to show. Draw around the template then cut it out.
Score a straight line along the top of the body. Turn the card over, score the bottom of both ears and where the arms meet the body. Fold along the scored lines.
Cut out the three pieces for making the scarf. Glue the rounded piece across the neck, then stick the two longer pieces on top. Fix a sticky foam pad under the bear’s head.
Fold the head down onto the foam pad.
Cut out a black nose and glue it onto the face with eyes made using a small-sized punch or a black pen. Fix a snowflake on the bear’s paw.
Cut blue card to 15x28cm. Measure six strips – 7cm, 7cm, 4.5cm, 4.5cm, 2.5cm and 2.5cm. Score the first line, turn over and score the back, alternating each time. Fold the lines.
Measure and cut three strips of patterned paper to fit the card’s front-facing folds. Use a different paper for each strip to give the card more variation. Stick in position on the card.
Fix the bear onto the middle ‘peak’ with foam pads. Put a message onto the back peak (check it can be seen when the card stands up).
Add two snowflakes to the middle peak to finish.
More DIY polar bear cards!
2. Easy polar bear card
A big bear with the arms up makes a friendly glove puppet-style character. You could add a speech bubble next to the head too.
3. Polar bear card: polar pals
Use a scaled-down template to make two small polar bears. A circle cut from background paper makes a handy frame shape.
4. Polar bear card: Jumping for joy
Placing the bear at an angle on the background creates a feeling of movement. Use large embellishments like the chipboard snowflake for a stronger design.
We hope you enjoyed this inspiration for polar bear cards. If you are looking for more polar bear inspiration, take a look at these chocolate coin cards (there’s a polar bear card!), or this gorgeous polar bear knitting pattern.