Easy Tiger Pop Up Cards

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We our love for easy Pop Up Cards continues, with some super duper cute and easy Tiger Pop Up Cards for Valentine’s Day AND beyond! As we show you how to customise your cards, you can make these cute pop up Tigers all year round and to suit any occassion. I think they would make lovely Birthday Cards too, especially for anyone born in the Year of the Tiger!

Easy Pop Up Tiger Card

This 3d Tiger Card is based on the humble paper chain. Making paper chains is a wonderful childhood “staple” that everyone should give a go. It is simply delightful to see your “half figures” turn into a chain of people or in this case tigers!

As with all paper chains, you “simply” have to be careful of which side your folds are, to ensure you end with connecting people or characters! Be sure to pay close attention.

Once you have mastered the principle of making a paper chain, it is so so easy to turn it into wonderful 3d Pop Up Cards. We have a range of 3d Pop Up Cards for you to browse here.

Birthday Tiger Card

To make your Tiger Pop Up Card you will need:

  • Card stock (we used A5 folded in half)
  • Orange paper (though you can use plain paper adn colour it in)
  • Scrap paper in desired colours for decorating (e.g. reds and pinks for Valentine’s, greens and yellows for birthdays or summer cards)
  • Red and black pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
Valentine's Day Cards Boys

How to make a Pop Up Tiger Card

As mentioned the basis of this card is a paper chain! Once you have learn to make a paper chain, this process is super quick and easy. Your child may (!) want to practice with scrap paper first. That way, they can also create a little template to make their own perfect Tiger!

Follow video tutorial on auto play or the step by step instructions below!

Folding your paper for a paper chain

paper chain folds x6

Our orange paper is as wide as the greeting card when open. So in our case that is around 21cm.

Create a concertina of aprroximately 3cm folds. It doesn’t have to be super accurate. But you DO need to have a set of 6 folds in total, to make 3 tigers.

It is likely you will have a small strip left over, just trim that off.

sketch the half a tiger

Now take your folded paper and sketch half a tiger. Remember – the outside of the tiger should be on the side that “opens” and the “central line” of the tiger must be on the fold. Also the outside of the tiger MUST reach the edges. So if you look at my drawing it isn’t perfectly round (you can round the corners off later).

You can also add a heart shape to your tiger, like we have.

Cut your paper chain shapes

Cut your paper chain tiger out

Cut out the tiger and open – did it work? Yes! Hooray.

Fold it again and cut the heart – remember not to cut the WHOLE of the heart, the sides need to remain uncut.

Make the hearts pop up

Onfold. Now pinch the hearts to fold into the opposite direction of the tiger body, so they pop out again.

Adding features to your tiger with pens

decorate the paper tiger

Time to decorate!

Add your tigers features with a black pen:

  • Stripes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Ears
  • Outside of the heart

As well as a little colour to the inside of the ear and heart in RED.

Assembling the pop up chain card

Glue the tiger in place

Fold your tigers back up again.

Add glue to one half of your tigers – note: do NOT add glue to the heart.

Check the position of your tigers and glue to down. The position will change a little depending on how big you made your tigers. When the card is open, you want the chain to lie flat.

Glue the other half

Fold up your tigers again and add glue to the other half side of tiger.

Close the card and glue in place.

basic tiger pop up card


Your may need to “recrease” the hearts to pop, but your basic tiger pop up card is finished!

Now add any additional decorations such as hearts for Valentine’s Day Card making or grass and bees if using it for a summer Birthday Card.

decorating the outside

You can use any cut offs to draw another tiger face.

Glue it to the corner of the front of the card – making the edges overlap.

trim the edges

Flip the card open and trim off the edges. Now you have the perfect tiger added to the front of the card too!

Front of tiger card

More wonderful Valentine’s Day Cards here:

Valentines Cards for Kids to Make

More fantastic Pop Up Card Projects here:

Easy Pop Up Card Projects for Kids - learn the basic techniques and design your own!