Build-A-Tiger – Free Printable Paper Tiger Craft Template!

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Use this free printable Paper Tiger Craft Template to Build-A-Tiger as part of a wild animal unit or for Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year! Part of a wider printable Build An Animal series, the tiger printable helps children with their cutting and pasting skills, as well as the opportunity to get creative with other materials too – like sticking on pieces of fur fabric, for example.

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Build-A-Tiger - Free Printable Paper Tiger Craft Template!

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Paper Tiger Craft Template

My build an animal series started with Rudy the Rooster and many other animals (and characters) have followed since!

Since Chinese New Year 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, I’ve made a free printable paper tiger craft template for you to download, print, and build!

Introducing Terry the Tiger!


If you are a regular on my blog you’ll notice that my buildable characters have a cute chubby style, and if they are animals they are anthropomorphic, which basically means that they have human traits – like standing on two legs instead of four.

This free printable tiger is part of a wider set of buildable characters that are a fun free activity to do at home, in an activity group or club, during homeschool, or in the classroom! I’ve provided the links to all of my other buildable characters at the end of this blog post.

I’ve created two sizes for Terry the Tiger:

  • Regular size, with all of the pieces on one sheet of paper and, creates a character around 4″/10cm tall. (This is the image at the top of the post)
  • Large size with the pieces spread over several sheets. This creates a character around 12″/30cm tall.
  • The two sizes are two separate downloads.
  • You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • I’ve provided two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – use the size that is appropriate for your printer.
  • Want the black-and-white version of Terry the Tiger? Find the Printable Color and Build a Tiger Template in my shop!

The free printable Chinese New Year papercraft is really fun – not just for kids, but for adults too! I love constructing the buildable characters after I’ve designed them! A digital representation is shown below.


How To Use the Build-a-Tiger Printable

The regular size printable is for children that are more skilled at cutting. The large size should be a lot easier for younger children. Or you could cut them out for them. Of course, you know your children, so will know what suits them best!

Once cut, place the pieces in the correct order to figure out where everything goes before sticking in place.

You can stick the pieces together with a glue stick, or sticky tape. I like using this roller glue as it is so easy to use and has less sticky mess!

For an extra crafty dimension, why not mount the character onto a larger piece of paper and use other craft materials to embellish it? For example, glitter, furry material, craft foam, or tissue paper to name a few.

You can use a laminator and laminate the pieces if you like and use them over and over again.

How about turning the pieces into a fun game? Number them and roll dice to correspond with the different pieces and see who builds their character first!

Most of all, just have fun with this printable!

Download your chosen printable from the list further down the page (they’re surrounded by a purple box), and print onto thick paper or thin card. Cut the pieces out, then build a tiger!

Included in this printable paper tiger craft template are the following pieces:

  • Body with Stripes
  • Face – eyes, eyebrows, muzzle, nose, mouth all one piece
  • Ears
  • Arms
  • Feet
  • Tail
Build a Tiger Free Printable

Handy Crafting Supplies (on Amazon) to Build-a-Tiger

Build A Tiger Printable Lunar New Year Craft!

Download Paper Tiger Craft Template (Large)

Click the download link to save the printable file(s) to your computer.
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Download Paper Tiger Craft Template (Regular)

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Other Buildable Characters!

We have lots of other buildable characters that you may like to download:

The free printables are in PDF format and can be opened with the free-to-use Adobe Acrobat Reader (or other PDF Readers). If the download is a Zip File, it can be downloaded with WinZip, WinRar, or other software typically bundled on computers. Printables designed and created by The Purple Pumpkin Blog and its Designers are for PERSONAL USE ONLY and NOT FOR RESALE under any circumstances. Please read our full Terms and Conditions. You are welcome to print these free printables at an online print shop or print shop in-store if you don’t have access to a printer; however, some print shops may not print licensed characters. Colors may vary slightly on printing due to different screen and printer settings. You may share this free printable blog post on social media, including Pinterest, and on your blog/website with a link to this blog post. Please DO NOT share the PDF on social media or your blog/website. If you use any of our printables, it would be awesome to know about it! Post a picture on the social media platform you hang out on, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Pinterest. Use the hashtag #TPPBprintables so we can find you!

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