Teddy Bear Pop Up Card: Tutorial and Template

Teddy Bear Pop Up Card: Tutorial and Template

Finally, I finished this tutorial for the teddy bear Valentine's Day, birthday, Christmas, and baby shower popup card. I really like this card because it is so versatile. I mentioned in the previous post that you can use this card for other occasions by adding additional clip art parts. For example, for a Mother's day card, you can add some flowers in the bear's hand. You can use the flowers from the template from the Mother's day bouquet card. For a Father's day card, you can put some grilling utensils in the bear's hand. The utensils can be taken from the Father's day grill pop-up card. You can add a graduation cap for a graduation card and maybe put a costume on the bear for Halloween. You can be very creative with this card.

I love teddy bears and have a pretty big collection of them. My first teddy bear I adopted was when I was a few years old. I had to make a teddy bear card that I liked. Before I started, I wanted to find see if there were any other good pop up bear cards. I searched and searched and there really wasn't anything out there that I liked. Many of them opened up 90 degrees or weren't cute enough. I've also spent a lot of time thinking of ideas for making a simple teddy bear card. I wanted to make something simple, since I may be making a lot of these for my baby shower. I finally came up with an idea that I really liked. I gave the bear's face and belly some depth by inverting the folds. I was able to try out different shapes and angles using my 3D CAD tool. After I made the first baby shower card, I had to make the Valentine's day, Birthday and Christmas card. So here are some close up images of the cards.


This tutorial is a big long because I'm still getting used to my new video editing software. The video below will show you how to make the teddy bear pop-up card.

Instructions showing how to make the teddy bear pop up card:

  1. Purchase the template to this design here: Teddy Bear Pop Up Card Template.
  2. Print out the template.  There are 4 pages to this template:
    • Page 1: Template for the 2-part card. This version is slightly faster to make and cuts the bear out of the same card as the inside card.
    • Page 2: Template for the 3-part card. This version lets you make the bear and the inside card out of different colored card stock.
    • Page 3: Template for outside card. This is used for both versions
    • Page 4: Template for Valentine's day, birthday, Christmas and baby shower clip art.
  3. Determine which version you want to make, the 2 piece of 3 piece version.
  4. Cut out the templates using the methods I've shown in this post: How to use templates to make a pop up card.
  5. Fold the bear in half along the score lines down the center of the bear. Then invert the fold of his belly so that it sticks out forward.
  6. Invert the fold of his mouth and nose so that it also sticks out forward.
  7. Fold the tab in his foot (or feet) forward.
  8. Fold the inside card in half down the center score line.
  9. If you are making the 2-part popup card, then fold the bear up at his attached foot and insert the tab on his other foot into the inside card.
  10. If you are making the 3 part popup card, then insert each tab on each foot into the respective slots.
  11. Fold the outside card cover in half along the center score line.
  12. Insert the inside card corners into the teddy bear corner slots in the outside card cover.
  13. Glue any clip art parts to customize the card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know how your cards turned out in the comments!

  • Maria
    Posted at 12:36h, 23 October Reply

    Thank you for sharing, you are a genius when it comes to pop up cards now I have to learn how to cut them :o) it wont be easy for a leftie.

  • jingvites
    Posted at 13:00h, 23 October Reply

    bears for all occasions! nice!

  • Bea
    Posted at 14:23h, 23 October Reply

    Well done ….Hmm…I LIKE TEDDY bear card! Thank you

  • Edward Olson
    Posted at 14:42h, 23 October Reply

    I just love the teddy bear pop-up, thanks so much for the template.

  • Linda
    Posted at 15:27h, 23 October Reply

    Love it . . . thank you once again !

  • Marg
    Posted at 16:21h, 23 October Reply

    Thanks so very much for the tutorial. What a wonderful card.

  • Brenda
    Posted at 16:49h, 23 October Reply

    Thanks so much for notifying me of the release of your tutorial. I love your work and can’t wait to try making some of these. Great job and blessings to your little family.

  • Petrina
    Posted at 17:10h, 23 October Reply

    Your Art is beautiful.

    Cannot wait to see more.

    Happy thoughts,
    Petrina Case Studio

  • Soraya
    Posted at 19:39h, 23 October Reply

    You are so clever! I’m so thankful for you and your generosity.

  • Deedy
    Posted at 19:41h, 23 October Reply

    i luv it ^__^

  • nimrod
    Posted at 23:57h, 23 October Reply

    hey man.. really thankful for the video on 3d heart.. i made 1 actually.. and gave it to my bestfriend’s debut last oct 18…

    still i dont have any reaction from her.. maybe she hasn’t opened it ehehe…

    hope that you create more… and by the way.. if you have time can you make something related about our 1st dance(1st ever dance..) in highschool it was xmas party.. thnx…. and hope your cough is gone..

  • maude joanna rego
    Posted at 00:36h, 24 October Reply

    hey there! amazing card, thank you so much for this website and all your tutorials i made the entwined hearts last week and my boyfriend loved it!
    I live in Dubai and eid is coming up, any ideas for a pop-up card i can make for friends?
    maybe a mosque, or something more neutral towards all holidays?
    please do reply, id love to try something new!

  • klare
    Posted at 01:01h, 24 October Reply

    wow it looks fab, will have to give this 1 ago. lady who lives nextdoor to me is due to have twins this week and this would be a cute card to send her. thank you for sharing your insperation and tallent with us

  • Sandra
    Posted at 04:02h, 24 October Reply

    Many thanks for your templates. Love the teddy.


  • Stella Moore
    Posted at 04:32h, 24 October Reply

    Hoping to make the card using my Make the Cut program!

  • Suyu Liu
    Posted at 06:12h, 24 October Reply

    It it very Beautiful, I love it, and I am going to try it.

  • Susan
    Posted at 09:52h, 24 October Reply

    Thank you for posting this Teddy Bear pop-up tutorial. You are so kind to share with others what you have designed. Your art designs are beautiful and architecturally interesting. I have made some of your cards for my family and they love these cards more than any other that I have made. Oh, and what a cute teddy bear that inspired you in making this card.


  • KITT
    Posted at 10:54h, 24 October Reply

    thanks for sharing your so talented. I’m new to the your site, but i’m sure I’ll be back often.

  • Claudia
    Posted at 11:20h, 24 October Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! It looks great; I’ll try though I’m really clumsy when it comes to cutting … 🙂

  • Liliana
    Posted at 15:48h, 24 October Reply

    It is so beatuful!!! You are a genius!!!! Congratulations and thanks!!!!

  • Laura Benedetto
    Posted at 16:35h, 24 October Reply

    Just too cute. Love this card.

  • Diane W
    Posted at 09:31h, 25 October Reply

    “Awesome” and soo cute!! :0) Thank you so much for sharing your idea.

  • Creative
    Posted at 07:38h, 26 October Reply

    Thanks everyone! i’m glad you liked this card. I love this card. Hope all your cards come out great!

  • Petrina
    Posted at 03:51h, 27 October Reply

    Great job and so cute.

    Your art is beautiful.

    Keep up the great creations!

    Cannot wait to see more,

  • Francis
    Posted at 14:52h, 27 October Reply

    O: I just love it. Its so Cute! But can you make the Templates for the Birthday Bear,Christmas Bear, and Valentines bear.
    I just love your cards And Thanks! 😀

  • Francis
    Posted at 14:56h, 27 October Reply

    Ohh Hehe! Sorry for the comment up there ^
    I found the template. Hehe Thanks so Much!! (:

  • lily Foo
    Posted at 04:31h, 30 October Reply

    I like your cards so much. but how to convert those PDF file to SVG?

    • Creative
      Posted at 06:55h, 30 October Reply

      Your cutting machine should have a “tracer” function, so you can trace the lines.

  • Lily Foo
    Posted at 16:23h, 30 October Reply

    I’m using the eCraft software, there are no tracer function and i can’t even import the PDF file 🙁

    • Creative
      Posted at 18:56h, 30 October Reply

      Sorry about that. I did a quick search on eCraft, and wow, there are a ton of complaints about the software. I wonder if it can use software like Make The Cut or Sure cuts a lot. I’m not sure if either of these would help though.

  • Lily Foo
    Posted at 21:30h, 30 October Reply

    How you normally cut out your design? Using any cutting machine?

    • Creative
      Posted at 06:20h, 31 October Reply

      Yes, I use a cutting machine. I use a Klic-N-Kut, but I may get a new one soon. I’m looking at the silhouette Cameo, but haven’t decided yet. The ecraft machine looks slick, but it has terrible reviews on amazon.

  • lily Foo
    Posted at 07:14h, 31 October Reply

    I had a lot of trouble figuring out that ecraft machine and the software is not great but that Make the Cut has a beta version of eCraft plug-in 🙂
    Hope you can find a better cutting machine. Thanks for sharing this.

  • kim
    Posted at 20:25h, 07 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing a good tutorial. i am from south korea.
    I am not goot at english but thanks to your kind tutorial , it’s easy to make
    wonderful pop up card. just refering to your directions and pictures
    i can understand how to make it .
    i have some question….how to improve cut paper? expecially bear’s eyes and
    small parts.. what kind of stationery do i use?

    • Creative
      Posted at 20:48h, 07 November Reply

      Hi Kim, I use think paper/card stock. Use paper/card stock that is thick enough to stand by itself. If the paper/card stock is too thick, then it will be hard to cut. You can cut out the fine features with an X-acto knife. Good luck!

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  • Lu
    Posted at 05:18h, 14 November Reply

    I sure hope this comes thru,because U R Correct is saying that this IS the MOST cutest pop-up BEAR out there.Why not even the sites that sell pop-ups ave one that is SOooooo Adooorrriiible!:):);), Major Kudos 2 U.Ur wife must B Oh so proude 2have aperson that has a talent, she can count to 2 assist her. May he who had given U this awesome talent continue 2 give u the grace 2 enjoy, profit(?) and share it w/all>GBU 4 sharing this w/all of us.ThankYOU!!

  • Kitt
    Posted at 08:15h, 16 November Reply

    Great bear popup. my 1st grandson is due Nov 29th, this popup will make a great announcement card. Congrats to you and your wife. thanks for sharing your talent with us

  • Zoë
    Posted at 12:30h, 01 December Reply

    Great site !!
    when does the tutorial for the christmas bear come online ?

    • Creative
      Posted at 17:39h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Zoe! It’s this same post! The template is included with the other teddy bear templates. You can use the same instructions, just use different clip art (santa hat, candy cane, they are all included).

  • asiya
    Posted at 12:48h, 03 December Reply

    hi thank you for the tutorial im going to have a go at making these they look great. im thinking of making a graduation bear as my brother graduates soon, maybe i put a grad hat on the bear with a scroll in his hand. thanks again

  • Vasudha
    Posted at 08:09h, 10 December Reply

    I used ur template but the card came out to be really small…what should i do?

    • Creative
      Posted at 10:05h, 10 December Reply

      Try saving the file to your local computer and opening the .pdf file with Adobe Reader. The pages should be 8.5″x11″.

  • Vasudha
    Posted at 22:50h, 10 December Reply

    Thanks for the previous reply….as i am a beginner i dont know with what should i cut the bear’s face….its in the middle of the bear…and if i use scissors their will be a cut in the bear’s body?what should i do?

    • Creative
      Posted at 23:24h, 10 December Reply

      You need to use an X-Acto knife to cut out the card.

  • Vasudha
    Posted at 04:16h, 12 December Reply

    I am really sorry to bother u again and again…but i am a beginner card-maker….and i have many doubts…..um i wanted to ask is the knife same as the paper cutter and will the knife be able to cut small and curvy things? anywys ur really good at cards

    • Creative
      Posted at 05:46h, 12 December Reply

      If you are careful, you can cut the curvy parts with an Xacto knife. You should use a very sharp knife. I also mentioned a paper cutting machine which can cut the paper for you.

  • Tricia Madhoo
    Posted at 17:02h, 07 January Reply

    thanks so much for the template, the card turned out beautiful, gonna b using it to make some valentine cards, thanks so much.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:38h, 11 January Reply

    Received a pop up book for Christmas…I have a Xyron Create and Cut and can import .dxf files but I an unclear on how to use a cutting machine to do these type of cards. When I trace in the (create and cut) the outlines do not come out completely, so a manual trace and import, but I still have to place it on the cutting
    board. Any help, tutorial, on this would be appreciated.

    Thank you, in advance, for any assistance.


  • Yuenie
    Posted at 08:36h, 17 January Reply

    Just curious, why do you not like 90 degree cards? They seem easier to glue (when I make your 180 degree cards, I tend to have some problems with the centrefold).

    Other than that I love your pop ups! This is so versatile, easy to make AND adorable as dessert 🙂

    • Creative
      Posted at 23:07h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Yuenie! I prefer 180 degree cards because they will sit on a table by itself guaranteed. Sometimes it’s hard to make a 90 degree card open up just perfectly. I do make 90 degree cards, but I think the 180 cards look more impressive.

  • Linda Sheets
    Posted at 11:07h, 19 January Reply

    I could not download the template for the teddy bear card? How do I get it?

    • Creative
      Posted at 13:20h, 19 January Reply

      Hi Linda, In the instructions above, there is a link to the template. good luck!

  • karishma
    Posted at 06:43h, 21 January Reply

    elo.. i like ur pop up cards very much.. am trying z valentine teddy bear card to surprise my bf on valentine.. ur instructions make it very easy.. thank you 2 share zis with us..
    also i wanted congratulate u for ur baby girl.. she’s very cute n sweet..
    keep sharing ur talent wiz us.. God bless ya

    lot of love 2 u n ur family..

  • Lily
    Posted at 06:57h, 26 January Reply

    Hi! I’m from, Poland and I’d like to make one of your cards but the words that you use like “congratulations” or happy birthday” I’d like to write in Polish so that everyone could understand it. I can’t find in the MS Office the font that you are using and it seems to be easy to cut out as it’s pretty thick. Can you please tell me where can I get the font? or maybe you could give us the whole alphabet with lower and upper case letters? I’d be very grateful for that :)Bes regards!

    • Creative
      Posted at 19:27h, 26 January Reply

      I actually bloated the letters so they would be bigger. I would suggest printing out the letters, then outlining the letters by hand with a pencil to connect the letters and make the text larger. Good luck!

  • Ishmael Ali
    Posted at 23:46h, 01 February Reply

    hw am i suppose to get it free i got 2 more day b4 my couppon expires 🙁 help please ..

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  • georgia
    Posted at 08:40h, 18 December Reply

    where we can find the paper in which there are the figures of the dear and other?

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 07:49h, 19 December Reply

      Hi Georgia, Thanks for visiting my website. I’m not sure which card you are referring to. Can you be more specific?

  • Chloe Balatbat
    Posted at 03:46h, 12 February Reply

    Hello. I made one of these (the Valentine card) and when I finished, I closed the card and then opened it again and when I opened it, the head was still folded. Why is that? But by the way, thanks for making this AWESOME card! I love teddies, too!

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 09:24h, 12 February Reply

      Hi Chloe, Make sure you score the folds in the bear’s head. It will help it to unfold.

  • suriya
    Posted at 08:15h, 12 February Reply

    it is realy awsome but could done it with a sketch of your own because every one cannot take a printout of the given template

  • cindy
    Posted at 19:25h, 15 February Reply

    where do we get the paper ?

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 12:22h, 17 February Reply

      Hi Cindy, you can get paper at any craft or office supply store. You can also buy it online on Amazon.

  • dominique lopez
    Posted at 18:33h, 28 February Reply

    spanish pleas

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 01:39h, 02 March Reply

      Hi Dominique. Thanks for visiting my website. Sorry, I do not know Spanish. Lo siento, yo no sé hablar español (from google translate).

  • addan emman
    Posted at 13:07h, 12 May Reply

    i wonder at your creativity please tell me specific website for paper cut templates

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 07:04h, 14 May Reply

      Hi Addan, you can purchase my templates by clicking on the store link above.

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 21:11h, 06 June Reply

    Just two wordz… SUPERRRR CUTE

  • anne1014
    Posted at 14:02h, 14 January Reply

    What do you use for gluing the small pieces of clip Art? Thanks

    • Richard Chen
      Posted at 11:49h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Anne! I use a glue stick most of the time. I take a pair of tweezers, and dab the paper piece onto the end of the glue stick, and then attach it to the card.

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