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How to Craft a Lion (9 Easy Steps)

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Did you know that less than 23 000 wild lions are left in the world today and that they are endangered because of climate change and hunting? Or that a male lion’s mane grows longer as it ages and can grow up to 6 inches long? Apart from showing how fierce they are, a lion’s mane also acts as a protective shield when attacked by other wild animals.

So, if you would love to create your own roaring lion, follow these 10 easy steps.

How to Craft a Lion - Step 9: Make a Tail for Your Lion
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Materials

  • 1 letter-sized tan-colored piece of paper (8.5 x 11 inches)
  • 1 orange piece of paper (4.13 x 5.83 inches)
  • 1 small yellow piece of paper (2.9 x 4.1 inches)
  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker
  • Ruler
  • Eyeballs for your lion’s face

Instructions

How to Craft a Lion - Materials

Step 1. Cut Two Strips of Paper to Make the Lion’s Tummy

How to Craft a Lion - Step 1. Cut Two Strips of Paper to Make the Lion’s Tummy

Grab your scissors and the largest piece of tan-colored paper and cut two even sized paper strips (roughly 1x 11 inches) to make the lion’s tummy.

Step 2: Attach the Two Strips

How to Craft a Lion - Step 2: Attach the Two Strips

Glue the two corners together, with the strip on the right being on top (like in the picture). Then fold the left strip of paper downwards over the right strip’s corner.

Step 3: Neaten up the Lion’s Tummy

How to Craft a Lion - Step 3: Neaten up the Lion’s Tummy

Fold the right strip over the left strip until you are left with a springy square. Then glue the last square of paper to the square behind it and use your scissors to neaten up the lion’s tummy by cutting off the excess paper.

Step 4: Create the Lion’s Face

How to Craft a Lion - Step 4: Create the Lion’s Face

Use the orange scrap of paper to create your lion’s mane. Start by cutting a round circle, then add some wavy edges. Then cut a yellow circle and glue it to the orange circle (the mane). Next, stick on the lion’s eyes and draw its nose with your black marker.

Step 5. Flatten Your Lion’s Mane and Create a Springy Neck

How to Craft a Lion - Step 5. Flatten Your Lion’s Mane and Create a Springy Neck

Flatten the lion’s mane by trimming the top and cutting a strip of tan-colored paper (1x2 inches). Lay it horizontally, then fold the left corner towards the center and the remaining right piece toward the back to form a spring or a zig-zag structure.

Step 6: Create Your Lion’s Legs and Paws

How to Craft a Lion - Step 6: Create Your Lion’s Legs and Paws

Cut a (3 x7 inches long) tan-colored piece of paper, fold it in half and draw the shape of your lion’s legs and paws. Then cut along the lines of the drawing until you have your lion’s front and back legs.

Step 7: Attach Your Lion’s Legs and Tummy

How to Craft a Lion - Step 7: Attach Your Lion’s Legs and Tummy

Add some glue to the back side of the front legs, then attach the lion’s springy tummy and back legs. Remember to press hard so that the three pieces are all securely attached to each other.

Step 8: Attach Your Lion’s Neck and Head

How to Craft a Lion - Step 8: Attach Your Lion’s Neck and Head

Glue the springy neck piece of paper to the lion’s front legs, or chest area, then attach its face with some glue.

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Step 9: Make a Tail for Your Lion

How to Craft a Lion - Step 9: Make a Tail for Your Lion

Cut a long thin strip of tan-colored paper for your lion’s tail. Then bend the tip of the tail and cut thin strips on its end to look like a fluffy, brush-like tail. Then bend the other side to make a flap so that you can glue it to your lion’s back legs section. Congratulations, you made your own roaring lion!

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