Accordion Paper Animals

These paper animals are such a cute craft project for kids to make!Accordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!

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Paper folding accordion-style is a super easy way to make a fun and springy animal craft! It’s also a wonderful introduction to origami! You could either choose to make specific animals (one at a time, or perhaps farm animals), or just do a random selection like I did – and let the kids choose!

You’ll need:

  • Strips of thin card, approx 7-8″ long is good. A paper guillotine is REALLY handy for this task! I used brown, black, white, orange and pink paper. Accordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!
  • Glue
  • Animal heads – you can draw your own on card, or check out Clker.com and print out your own! Find the free printable in my Craftulate Shop!
  • Animal base – I cut out a load of circles from brown and black card using a 2″ paper punchAccordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!

To make the animal, glue two strips of card together at the end, but so each strip faces in a different direction. Depending on the animal, the kids can choose whichever colour combination of card they like. Accordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!

Fold the lower card over the top card, and repeat to form a concertina shape.Accordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!

Glue the accordion to a base, and then glue on an animal head!

The girls had so much fun making these – that they each made a complete set of 12 animals!Accordion Paper Animals - a fun craft for kids to make!

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Check out the video tutorial that I made for this craft!

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