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Polar Bear Craft Made from Cardboard

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When the Christmas ornaments are put away, this adorable polar bear craft. made with cardboard, glue and paint, will the void!

Fill the void when the Christmas decorations come down with this adorable polar bear craft! Made with just cardboard, paint, and glue, this easy craft will make your home festive all winter long.

The inspiration for this polar bear craft came from a wood polar pear I saw at Home Goods for $30.  This one is just as cute and you can probably find most of the supplies in your craft stash.  You can dress him up by adding black button eyes and even tying some twine or scrap material around his neck as a scarf! The perfect piece of color to match your winter or holiday decor!

Winter Cardboard Craft

If you want your polar bear to Sparkle, after assembly, cover him with white glue and drown him in silver or white glitter!

Polar Bear Craft Supplies
Corrugated Card Board (new like the link or use a box you have)
White Acrylic Paint
Utility Knife – SHARP
Paint Brush
White Glue
Cutting Board
Polar Bear Pattern
Hot Glue


Cardboard Polar Bear

Remove all tape and labels from your box. Layer three pieces of cardboard on top of each other. The key here is to keep the smooth side out, so that can be the side of the bear you paint. Sometimes when you paint over a place that tape has been peeled off, the finish is rougher and the paint looks different on it. Use white glue between each layer to hold it together. If your cardboard is warped, place a book across the entire piece to keep it flat. Let dry overnight or at least for four hours. You don’t want the glue to be wet!

Cardboard Crafts for Kids

Use scissors to cut the pattern out. Using a pencil, trace the pieces onto the cardboard. Remember to select the smooth sides of the cardboard and pay attention to any writing and indentations in the cardboard. You’ll need 1 body and two of each leg.

Polar Bear for Kids

Using a SHARP utility knife (I cannot stress this enough), begin to cut out your body and legs.

The trick is to go slow and be patient. Apply even pressure to your cardboard to be sure that you are not creating indentations. Slowly cut through the card board. It takes 2-3 cuts per piece of cardboard and since we have them three thick, 6-9 cuts for the stack. You may want to do short cuts, about 2″ or so and the move onto the next 2″, etc. You’ll have to do very small cuts to create curves and angles. It sounds worse than it is. Just go with short slow, and have patience. And use a sharp knife!

Cardboard Polar Bear Craft for kids

Using white acrylic paint, paint all body parts white. (Both sides) and let dry.  Apply a second and third coat if desired.

Polar Bear

When dry, set your bear on it’s side and on a flat surface. Position the legs as desired and use hot glue to affix the legs to the body!

Polar Bear Crafts

Set your polar bear out on a mantle with Christmas decorations and let him stay through the winter!

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DIY Polar Bear Craft
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  • Sheila
    January 9, 2018

    Where did you fine the polar ear pattern.ilove that ideal.

  • Emily
    January 7, 2018

    Your polar bear is adorable!!! What a great craft idea for winter. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday – I’ll be featuring your craft idea at our upcoming party 🙂

  • Shirley Wood
    January 6, 2018

    So glad you share your creativity with us at Merry Monday. Can’t wait to see what’s new from you next week!

  • Charlene Asay
    January 5, 2018

    This is a cute idea. Great for winter decor.

  • DIY Home Sweet Home
    January 5, 2018

    Adorable!!! I can’t wait to make one with my girls.

  • Very cute! Kudos to cutting cardboard; haven’t quite mastered that crafty task! Visiting from Wine’d Down Wednesday party.

  • This is such a fun winter time activity for my three kiddos! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I can’t wait to make it!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  • Debra Needles
    January 7, 2017

    What a fun craft! Thanks for sharing with us at the Funtastic Friday linky party!

  • Cathy Kennedy
    December 30, 2016

    I’m stopping by from Friday Feature. This is really cute! Thanks for sharing. Have a happy new year and may God’s good blessings be with you and yours in 2017!

  • Christine
    December 29, 2016

    That looks so cute! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party.

  • Julie
    December 27, 2016

    This is a very classy decorating idea. I love anything that involves recycling too. Pinning for next year!

  • ilka
    December 12, 2015

    Such a creative craft idea. Pinning!

  • Jill
    December 11, 2015

    Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • ashley
    December 9, 2015

    This turned out adorable! I think my kiddo would love doing this with reindeer. Pinning!