A voluminous bear holding a paper heart will become a great gift for a Valentine’s Day. This craft will serve as a wonderful memorable toy and a nice decoration for a table or any other surface.
You will need:
- White, red, yellow and orange cardboard (or any other color you like);
- Scissors, pencil, glue stick, black marker pen;
- A pair of moving eyes. You can also make them from white and black paper or draw them with a black marker pen.
A bear with a heart: step-by-step guide
Making a torso
Cut the strip from a yellow A4 cardboard across the entire length – it should be 8 cm wide. Of course, it is only an example and your bear may be of a different size, a bit smaller than in this tutorial.
You need to fold the strip three times and smooth down the folds. The gaps should be approximately equal and the gap between the folds needs to be about 10 cm wide.
Fold one side along the fold line, unroll the other side and fold it without reaching the fold line a little. In other words, you need to make another fold that would be 4 cm wide.
Make the upper part look round as it will be the bear’s head. At first, you can draw the approximate contours.
Then you need to cut off the excess parts on both sides along the contour through both layers of paper. Make sure that the fold in the middle stays intact.
Straighten the bottom fold and draw a small triangle in its center.
Cut off the triangle.
Make the bear’s legs look more round by making round cuts on the sides.
Now fold the craft by directing its upper part to the legs area. The frame of the bear is now ready.
Preparing the heart and small details for the bear
Draw and cut out small ears and a bit longer paws from yellow cardboard.
Glue the ears on the upper rounded part of the bear’s head and glue the front paws on the sides of the body.
Cut out simple small details from white cardboard:
- The middle part of the ears;
- Oval face;
- Two ovals for the lower paws;
- The nose from orange cardboard.
Glue all the details and the eyes. Use a marker pen to draw a smile and claws on the paws. Your paper bear is now ready. It’s time to give it a heart.
Measure the bear’s width and add a couple of centimeters to the heart since it should be slightly wider than the body. You also need to measure the height from the lower paws to the middle of the bear’s face. My bear is holding a heart that is 10.5 cm wide and 8 cm tall. Cut a rectangle out of any sheet of paper – for example, you can choose a white color. Fold it in half and draw a half of the heart on any side. Carefully cut it out along the contour and you will get a heart with symmetrical halves. Put this template on a red cardboard, outline it with a pencil and cut the heart out.
Put the heart to the legs and bend in the bear’s arms a little with a pencil. The bear with a heart in its paws is ready.
In fact, you can write some pleasant words to whom this Valentine’s Day craft is addressed right on the heart.