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Papercraft Bear

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

A papercraft bear can easily be created with a your paper punches, a marker and some cardstock. Why not make one for your next baby or toddler card or scrapbook layout?

"Teddy bears don't need hearts as they are already stuffed with love"

Making a papercraft bear out of circle and oval shapes may seem an unlikely quest at first, but it is really quite an easy thing to do!

That's all the shapes I used to make mine.

If you do not have paper punches, you can make the shapes with a compass and pencil, and by tracing around a stamped oval shape, for example. If you do have the correct punches or Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine Dies  it makes the process so easy and quick.

Papercraft bear

Can you see the shapes I mentioned in my pink and lilac bear shown above? If you can, you are already on the right track to making your own.

My instructions for this paper punch embellishment are below.

How to Make a Papercraft Bear

Here are the punches and tools I used. You may not recognise the black and silver ones  if you have the newer, slimmer punches from Stampin' Up! as they changed the shape to the gray and silver one on the left (small tag punch) a few years ago, but the shapes they punch out should be similar:

Paper punches

I always find a picture useful for making a punched image, so here if what I cut from my punches. You will need the shapes and numbers of punch outs shown:

  • 7 x 1/2" circles (not 1/4"! That was an error on my part when making the photo)
  • 2 x small tags
  • 4 x 1" circles
  • 1 x oval that is about 2" long
  • 1 x 1 1/4" circle
  • 1 x 1 3/8" circle
  • 1 x 1 3/4" circle

You can of course use any colours you like to make your bear.

Bear assembly pieces

I chose Stampin' Up!'s Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel (both retired) cardstock and a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker (also retired). You can make this figure out of a dark and light brown and pink, blue, yellow or purple tag, I also used my Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue as an adhesive.. You will need these shapes:

  • One 1 3/8" circle in Chocolate Chip
  • One large oval in Creamy Caramel
  • One 1 3/8" circle in Chocolate Chip
  • One 1 1/4" circle in Creamy Caramel
  • Four 1" circles in Chocolate Chip
  • Seven 1/2" circles (not 1/4" as written on the picture!!) in Creamy Caramel


  1. First I used the 1 3/4" circle and the oval to make the body and tummy. I also used the 1 3/8" circle and the 1 1/4" circle to make the head and face. Place the two head circles so the edge of the inner circle touches the edge of the outer one. Use a little  glue to adhere the pieces together.
Assembling the punched animal

  • Next, glue two of the 1" circles to the lower half of the body to make the legs.
    Assembly of the bear legs

  • Then take four of the 1/2" circles and adhere them on the bear for the paws. Adhere another two 1/2" circles on two of the 1" circles to form the ears. Make sure the 1/2" circles touch the edges of the 1" circles as shown. Then attach the ears to the back of the head.
    Bear paws assembly
    Assembly of bear head.
  • Now take the remaining 1/2" circle and take a bite out of each side with your scissors or punch. 

  • This shape is going to be the nose of your papercraft bear

  • You can draw in the bites first as shown. Then use your Stampin' Write marker (I used Chocolate Chip) to make the nose and mouth lines. 

  • Add some colour the the edges of the nose piece to make it stand out on the face.

  • Cutting the paper muzzle shape
    Paper Muzzle completed

    Using a marker, draw the nose (kind of an oval) and the mouth (a straight line from the nose and a curved line for the smile):

    Draw bear face
  • Now you can adhere the nose to the face and the head to the body.

  • You could use a Stampin' DImensional to allow the head to pop up a bit, then more Stampin' DImensionals to make your bear pop up off the card a bit if you like, or experiment with popping out the nose piece:

  • Assembling the paper punch bear

    I hope yours is starting to look like you want it to!

    There are only a few steps to go so click on the link below to see the rest of the instructions on the next page.

    Remember, you can decorate the finished design in your own style, colours, and for your own purposes, some of which I suggest at the bottom of page two.

    Go to page 2 of the instructions....

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