Click on the link to download the .pdf template for the pop-up Tiger:
Print out both pages from the template onto heavy paper, such as card stock or construction paper.
Mountain folds are like tents, with the paper folding back, away from you.
Valley folds are v-shaped, with the paper folding up towards you.
Step 3: It's easier to color in and/or decorate your pop-up pieces before you cut them out!
(Note: Your pop-up pieces and card will be larger than the ones shown in these pictures!)
Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along all the dotted lines of the pop-up pieces and card.
Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces and card following the solid, black outlines.
Mountain fold the tiger’s body in half along the dotted line.
Cut along the solid black line to form the lower jaw.
Valley fold the lower left tab and unfold it.
Repeat valley fold on the right tab.
Push the tiger’s lower jaw forward along the middle fold you made before.
Push the center fold above the tiger’s jaw, making it a valley fold.
Fold the tiger’s arms towards you, creating valley folds. At the same time, fold the bottom tabs upward. Part of the tabs’ folds will fold toward you, creating mountain folds along little “V-folds”.
Continue folding until the tiger is valley folded in half (the art is on the inside) all the way. The arms should be pointing forward, and his jaw is folded inside.
Set this body piece aside.
Mountain fold the tiger’s head in half.
Cut along the curved black line to form the tiger’s nose.
Unfold the tiger’s head slightly.
Push inwards on the mouth until it creates a valley fold.
Fold the head all the way closed. The mouth will fold inside the head.
Unfold the head. Valley fold the tab on the left and unfold it.
Step 19: Valley fold the tab on the right and unfold it.
Set this piece aside.
Valley fold the card in half along the dotted line and unfold it again.
Spread a small amount of glue on the two areas marked “glue here A” and “glue here B” on the card.
Match the tabs on the bottom of the tiger’s body to the “glue here A” and “glue here B” shapes on the card. Make sure the center fold on the body lines up with the center fold on the card!
Press the tiger’s body flat against the card. Press down firmly on the tabs until the glue dries.
Close the card and open it again to make sure the tiger’s body is lined up and folding correctly along all the dotted lines.
Put a small amount of glue on the body piece in the areas marked “glue here C” and “glue here D” (near the ears).
Match up the tabs of the tiger’s head to the “glue here C” and “glue here D” shapes.
Press the tiger’s head flat.
Press the tabs down firmly until the glue dries.
Slowly close the card to make sure the head is glued on correctly and folding along the dotted lines.
Congratulations! Your tiger pop-up is now completed.