Paper Bag Tiger Craft for Kids

This paper bag tiger craft for kids is a “sleek” little guy with his black stripes and orange fur. This one is a bit more challenging than your typical paper bag puppet crafts.

Instead of turning this cute little tiger into a puppet, we made him stand on his four legs so he can sit at your favorite table and watch over things for you.

Although this one is a bit trickier it is still easy for kids, is inexpensive and fun to make. So grab a couple of paper bags, get out the orange and black paints and let’s get ready to make this paper bag crafts idea.


  • 2 Brown Paper Bags
  • Orange Paint or Marker
  • Black Paint or Marker
  • Orange, Black and White Pipe Cleaner
  • Black Pom Pom
  • White and Orange Cardstock, Felt or Craft Foam
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

How to Make a Paper Bag Tiger Craft

Step 1: Paint both your paper bags orange and let it dry. You can also just purchase an orange bag. Be sure to paint the bottoms of the bags as well.

Step 2: Take one of the bags and fold over the top like you would if you were wrapping a present. Tape the ends together to close up the bag.

Step 3: Take your second bag and fill it half way with scrap paper making sure the bottom of the bag stays flat looking. Then twist the bag to close it and fold the remaining part of the bag to form a flat end and tape it closed. This will be your tiger’s head.

Step 4: Cut out two eyes in a diamond shape with the white paper. Draw two black lines from the top and bottom points of the diamond (these are the pupils). Outline the eyes with black marker and glue these to the bottom of the filled bag (the bottom of the bag becomes your tiger’s face).

Step 5: Cut your white pipe cleaner into 6 equal parts. The lengths do not have to be exact but close in size. Glue these below the eyes where the nose will go (3 on each side). Leave enough space in between for the black pom pom.

Step 6: Glue on the black pom pom for the nose. Cut out two ears using the orange paper. Glue these on top of the tiger’s head. Set the tiger’s head aside for now.

Step 7: Using a black marker (or black paint and a thin paint brush) create a bunch of stripes on the over paper bag (this is the tiger’s body).

Step 8: Using the orange paper cut out 4 legs making the bottoms (the feet) flat so it can easily rest on the table. Glue the legs to the sides of the paper bag (2 on each side – front and back).

Tip: Don’t make the legs too long. The shorter legs give this guy more stability and will stand up much better.

Step 9: Take your black and orange pipe cleaner and twist them together. Form it into the shape of a tail and glue one end to the back of the tiger’s body (bottom part of the bag).

Step 10: For this last step on your paper bag tiger craft, you need to put the tiger’s body and head together. Place glue on the tiger’s head (the end that is twisted and taped down). Press this to the tiger’s body. You will need to hold this for a bit until the glue begins to dry.

Tip: Before gluing it together, make sure that tiger’s head is not hanging too low. Make the bottom of the head rest on the ground but no lower than where the feet touch the ground.

This fierce (but adorable) paper bag tiger will look great sitting on a table, your dresser or even at your desk.