• Jamie, from Mademyown

Paper Polar Bear Sculpture

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

My sister just relocated to Hong Kong for work, and I was visiting. She was looking for some more permanent company in her apartment, and was inspired to make a polar bear after seeing it at her friend’s place. I was enlisted to put him together during my week there.


This polar bear paper sculpture is 1.5m tall, and was made of many pieces of paper. After some warm-up practice with a smaller bird project, we decided that my sister would do the cutting, and I would do the pasting. The idea is to match the numbers of each “tab” folded at the end, and glue them together.

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Just started with a nose on our first evening – so many small corners and edges in the head to fold and join


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The inside of the polar bear looks more like another animal


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Those two complex mess of little tabs are its deep set eyes…


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He was growing every evening – almost life-sized!


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Almost the same size as my sister


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Attaching the toes for him!


My sister says I look like I’m giving the bear a foot massage in the boomerang below haha!

…and he’s all done! Guarding the door, standing confidently, and with his little tummy 😀

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Polar bear pondering life – my sister stuck the grey hexagonal panels on the wall, which looks somewhat like a frozen habitat

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He’s standing beside her armchair, and promises to be good company for her

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Of course, he lives under the aircon to stay cool…

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Details of the DIY exercise

Duration: We spent a couple of hours every day, over 5 days to complete the entire bear – she did all the cutting, and I did all the pasting Price: She bought the kit on Taobao, and it costs ~RMB 70 (~SGD14) (excluding shipping), and we bought our own craft glue and scissors


Level of fun: 3/5

It feels somewhat like a 3D jigsaw puzzle (I haven’t done those before), where you find the right parts to join. It does get a little repetitive after a while, but for the corners that are “more three-dimensional” and required more folding into distinct angles (the eyes, ears, toes), it’s a delight to see these parts come to life.

But it did get a bit repetitive for other parts (especially when polar bear parts usually come in pairs), and I was lucky my sister and I split the work for cutting and pasting.


Level of difficulty: 3.5/5

The kit was pretty well-designed to easily piece together (except for the black parts, where the numbers and lines were also printed in black ha) – the pages came in sequence, and the parts were numbered in the order which they should be assembled (with the separately-numbered attachment tabs). The most helpful thing was a guide that served like a “map” to show context of where each piece fits into the whole polar bear.

I originally gave it a 3 for difficulty, and my sister said to add 0.5 for endurance 😀


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