Adorable Affordable Paper Craft Idea - Origami Teddy Bear Gift

Uh-oh! Did you forget to buy a gift? Or do you not have enough money to buy one? Then this Paper Craft Idea is the perfect solution for you. This is your chance to advantage of these free, easy-to-follow tutorials to create a gift that captures and expresses your feelings. 

the teddy bear

On the other hand, origami teddy bears are cute and pretty rare. Not to mention, you can customize these adorable paper friends for free. Since these teddies take your personal time and effort to make, they convey more sentimentality than others.

And the best part is that as an added bonus, here will teach you how to make the teddy bear sweeter by adding either a flower or a heart. Or even both. You can give the teddy bear by itself, or you can stick it on top of a gift basket, large hardbound notebook, a large bar of chocolate, basically anything.

Final teddy bear

Let’s get started with…
The Bear

I think you’ll be surprised by how few materials you’ll need for this paper craft idea..

Materials:

  • 2 A4-sized Blue Coloured Papers
  • Glue
  • Scissors 
supplies

Steps:

NOTE: You don’t have to draw anything with a marker, I just marked the pictures digitally in order for the instructions to be clearer. Happy folding!

  • 1st Step :- First off, change the A4-sized papers into squares. Set aside one square for the Bear’s head and leave the other square for the body.

Know how to cut A4-sized papers into squares

square pages for the body

Head


  • 2nd Step:- Fold it in half and open it again, you now have a guideline. Now you can make a sort of mini-cupboard by folding both the left and right edges to meet the centre guideline. As shown below:
Fold it in half and open it again
you now have a guideline


  • 3th Step :- Now fold your mini-cupboard in half horizontally. 
Now fold your mini-cupboard in half horizontally.
fold your mini-cupboard


  • 4th Step :- Similar to what you did earlier, when you unfold, you’ll have a guideline going through the middle. Now, fold along the dotted lines as shown below so that both Line 1 and Line 3 meet Line 2.
fold along the dotted lines as shown below
fold along the dotted lines as shown below


  • 5th Step :- Now unfold it completely. And fold the bottom two corners up as shown below.
And fold the bottom two corners


  • 6th Step :-  Fold the corners back as shown below. And look, you close the doors of the mini-cupboard by folding the left and right edges to the centre just like earlier. 
close the doors of the mini-cupboard by folding the left and right edges to the centre
folding the left and right edges to the centre


  • 7th Step :- The next step might get confusing, but it’s okay, just follow the pictures. Think of what you have right now as a sort of floor, now we need to put walls around it. To do so, fold along the dotted lines, and there you have it! A room with three walls.
fold along the dotted lines,
there you have it! A room with three walls
there you have it! A room with three walls.


  • 8th Step :- Now it’s time to flatten the “walls” we just put up. Fold down the longest “wall” and flatten it so that it looks like the following pictures.
flatten the “walls” we just put up.
flatten the “walls” we just put up


  • 9th Step :- How are you doing so far? Well, right now, our project sort of looks likes a house, right? Don’t worry, we’ll have it looking like a cute teddy bear in no time. 

Fold along the dotted lines inward as shown in the first picture, and then fold again outwards as shown in the second pictures.

Fold along the dotted lines inward as shown in the first picture, and then fold again outwards as shown in the second pictures.
fold again outwards


  • 10th Step:- Now fold back the top, centre piece as shown below.
old back the top
fold centre piece
fold centre piece


  • 11th Step :- Open up the flaps you just made and fold them flat.Easy, right?
Open up the flaps
fold them flat


  • 12th Step :- It’s time for the ears to start looking like ears. Fold the pointy bits (the ones that sort of look like arms) horizontally inward as marked below.
Fold the pointy bits


  • 13th Step :- What do you think? Yeah, they look like ears, but they don’t exactly look like bear ears yet. What could be missing? Oh yes, fold down the corners of each ear.
fold down the corners of each ear.


  • 14th Step :- Okay. So the ears are done, but what’s this big pointy triangle between them? Doesn’t look like a bear’s forehead, does it? Don’t worry, we can fix that too. Just put some glue on the triangle and then fold it downwards and pinch it until it’s stuck properly.
put some glue on the triangle
fold it downwards and pinch it
fold it downwards and pinch it


  • 15th Step :-  Now, flip the paper over. The top half of the bear’s face looks great already, but the bottom half is still shaped more or less like a rectangle. No problem! Just fold the bottom corners upwards along the dotted lines shown below.
fold the bottom corners upwards


  • 16th Step :-  Instead of a rectangle, we now have a triangle, which I guess makes a better chin than a rectangle, but it’s still not exactly what we’re looking for. Once again, it’s time to put some glue on the triangle and fold it upwards along the dotted line. 
put some glue on the triangle and fold it upwards
fold it upwards


  • 17th Step :- Just some final touches now. Apply some glue to the bottom section of the face as shown and then fold it upwards. You may have to press down on it a little bit to make sure it doesn’t come undone.
Apply some glue to the bottom section
fold it upwards

Then glue the bottom corners backwards. In fact, at this point, you can flip the bear’s head over again and apply extra glue to anything that you think could come undone.

glue the bottom corners backwards
glue the bottom corners backwards

Once you’re satisfied, all you have to do is draw a cute face on it, and you’re done with the bear’s head! Isn’t it so cute? But of course, it still needs a body! Don’t worry, in my opinion, the bear’s body is much, much easier

bear head
draw a cute face on it

Second Part of Paper Craft Idea - Body

  • 18th Step :- Repeat Steps 2-7 in the bear’s head tutorial above. Except this time, instead of just three walls on one  of our “floor”, add another three walls on the opposite side, like so:
three walls on the opposite side


  • 19th Step :- Now, similar to what you did to the walls from earlier, you’re going to flatten all of them by folding them down.
flatten all of walls by folding them down
flatten all of walls by folding them down


  • 20th Step :- Just fold along the dotted lines and you’ll start to see where the hands and the legs are going to be.
fold along the dotted lines
hands and the legs


  • 21th Step :- Are you alright? Don’t worry, we’ll be done sooner than you think. For now, just fold along the dotted lines outwards and turn it upside-down.
fold along the dotted lines outwards
turn it upside-down


  • 22th Step :- You must be worried. It doesn’t really look like a bear’s body now, does it? It sort of looks like a boat with two strange antennas on top. It’s okay! This is all part of the plan. Just fold along the dotted lines backwards (as marked on the “antenna”-like parts). 
fold along the dotted lines backwards
fold along the dotted lines backwards


  • 23th Step :- Now what does it look like? Personally, I think it looks like a fox riding on a boat. If you think the same, then congratulations, it means that you’re doing it correctly. Now take the “fox’s” little “ears” and fold them forward, like so:
fold ears forward
fold ears forward


  • 24th Step :- Next, grab on to the corners of what looks like the edges of the “boat” and carefully fold them downwards along the dotted lines. Then, take the very tips and fold them upwards as marked below. Congratulations! You’ve just made the back of your bear’s legs and arms.
fold them downwards along the dotted lines
fold them upwards as marked below
fold them upwards as marked below


  • 25th Step :- It’s finally time to glue up everything that could come undone. The body must be as smooth/flat as possible. Now flip it over.
glue up everything that could come undone
body must be as smooth/flat as possible


  • 26th Step :-  Amazed? Yeah, our bear’s body has gone from looking like a sailing fox to an adorable, normal paper bear’s body. 

But wait! Do you see that? No? Here, let me circle them for you. Look! There’s one tiny triangle sticking out on each side. 

one tiny triangle sticking out on each side.

We can’t have that, the gift needs to be perfect. Just flip the body over one more time, and tuck the tiny triangles in. You may even choose to cut them off it you’d like, but it’s so much easier to just tuck.

flip the body over one more time,
cut triangles off it

There you go! You’re all set. Just glue on the head. And voila! Your paper teddy bear is ready to be go.

paper teddy bear

The Teddy Bear is a pretty sweet gift already. Maybe you can present it along with some chocolates or put it in a gift basket. You can even print out some paper clothes for it to wear or personalize it with a name.

However, if you want to really spruce it up while saving even more money, then read on to find out more paper craft ideas like how to make a paper heart and/or a paper flower to go with the Bear.

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