Easy Printable Projects for the Year of the Pig: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Updated on November 19, 2018
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Adele has been a youth services librarian for 20 years. She has been mother to a daughter from China for 17 years.

Printable Templates for Year of the Pig
Printable Templates for Year of the Pig

Easy Printable Craft Projects for the Year of the Pig

Here are some quick templates, patterns, and craft ideas for the Year of the Pig in the Chinese New Year zodiac cycle.

The pig patterns here will be of use to parents, teachers, or librarians who are putting together craft programs for preschoolers or children in elementary school.

For more craft ideas, see related articles for coloring pages, greeting cards, and envelopes and bookmarks.

How to Use These Patterns

The images in this article are all loaded as photos (jpegs). Here are the steps on how to get them and adapt them for craft projects:

  1. Click on the photo to select it.
  2. Right-click on the photo and choose “copy.”
  3. Paste the photo into any program that can accept photos, like Powerpoint or Publisher. In those programs, you can position, enlarge, or minimize the image as needed.
  4. See the bottom of this article for ways to use these patterns in greeting cards or on bookmarks.

Chinese Character for Pig

Below is the Chinese character for pig. You can print it out and paste it into any graphic you're making. One craft idea is to have them make a drawing of a pig, (or cut out a picture from a magazine), and then cut out this this character and put it next to their picture. Doing so will help to reinforce that this Chinese character means the same thing as the letters p-i-g in English.

The word for "pig" written in Chinese characters, and in English
The word for "pig" written in Chinese characters, and in English
Here's one idea to use with the characters above. Have the children cut out a picture of the pig to pair with the character they have cut out.
Here's one idea to use with the characters above. Have the children cut out a picture of the pig to pair with the character they have cut out.

Pig Characters to Trace

If you want to have the children learn what it feels like to write the character for pig, you can have them trace these characters. This little video shows them the order of the strokes and includes how to pronounce the word.

Word for "pig" to trace in Chinese and in English
Word for "pig" to trace in Chinese and in English

Chinese Character for Pig In a Circle

Below you will find the Chinese character for pig enclosed in a circle, along with a picture (of a boar), and the saying “Happy New Year” in Chinese and English. To make a hanging decoration, print the templates on red paper, cut them out, and attach a ribbon Another idea is to make a lantern and to have these circles hang down from the lantern as a sort of charm.

Remember, these images are all loaded as photos. Left click them and choose "copy" then paste them into a word-processing or publishing program.

Ornaments to hang for Year of the Pig
Ornaments to hang for Year of the Pig
Here is a way to make the ornament. Print the template onto red card stock and attach a ribbon between them.
Here is a way to make the ornament. Print the template onto red card stock and attach a ribbon between them.

Cartoon Pig With Chinese Character

Below is a cartoon pig with the Chinese character for pig beside him. This little fella can be used in a greeting card, or as a coloring sheet.

Pig cartoon with Chinese character
Pig cartoon with Chinese character
You can use the template above as a coloring sheet.
You can use the template above as a coloring sheet.

Chinese Lantern With the Character for Pig

This picture can simply serve as a coloring sheet. Children could also cut the lantern out and place it next to a picture of a pig, giving the pig his own lantern.

Round lantern with the character for "pig" written in Chinese
Round lantern with the character for "pig" written in Chinese

Colorful Pig With Chinese Character

Here’s another little guy with a teal background and the character for pig. I’ve put two on this one sheet to save space, but if you want only one picture, you can paste the page into a program and then crop out the second pig.

Picture of pig with turquoise background, along with Chinese character
Picture of pig with turquoise background, along with Chinese character

Heart Pig

Ok, this guy actually looks more like a boar, with the tusks and everything. And, some sources actually do translate The Year of the Pig as “Year of the Boar.” Here’s a simple way to make a boar face from the shape of a heart.

Pig (or boar) using a heart shape, with Chinese character.
Pig (or boar) using a heart shape, with Chinese character.

Papercut Pig

The Chinese have a long tradition of making intricate images cut from paper, and this is a version of the form of a pig. Papercuts are traditionally made in the lucky color of red, though I have seen some which use a variety of colors.

It bears repeating that these images are all loaded as photos. To work with them, left click them and choose "copy," then you can paste them into a word-processing or publishing program.

Pig designed to look like traditional paper cutting, along with the Chinese character for "pig."
Pig designed to look like traditional paper cutting, along with the Chinese character for "pig."

Year of the Pig Template

Here is a template for including your own picture of a pig. It includes the Chinese words for “Happy New Year” in characters and also in pinyin, which is a way to indicate the pronunciation of the words using an English alphabet. To fill the center, children draw their own pig, or they can cut out any of the other pigs I included in this article and glue them to the center of the sheet. If you print out this sheet onto card stock, it can double as a full-page greeting card.

Template for children to draw their own pig, or paste a picture of the pig inside the square. Left click the image to copy, then paste into a word-processing or publishing program.
Template for children to draw their own pig, or paste a picture of the pig inside the square. Left click the image to copy, then paste into a word-processing or publishing program.
Here, a child has drawn and colored a pig after printing out the above template.
Here, a child has drawn and colored a pig after printing out the above template.

Lanterns for Year of the Pig

There are several ways to make lanterns for year of the pig.One way is to dress up a paper lantern that you buy. Below, you'll see the pink lanterns I bought, and below that, the template for the eyes, nose and mouth that turn it into a pig. Here is a link for the pink paper lanterns. They are 9 1/2 inches wide.

Print the template onto paper, then color the pieces, cut them out, and attach them to the lantern with glue or double-sided tape.

On one of the lanterns, I left the pieces white. I was just trying them for size, but I liked the retro-cartoon look of the white ones, so I decided to include them as a sample as well.

Sample pig lantern with white ears and nose
Sample pig lantern with white ears and nose
Sample pig lantern with pink ears and nose
Sample pig lantern with pink ears and nose
Remember, you can get these images by left-clicking, choosing "copy," and then pasting them into a word-processing or publishing program.
Remember, you can get these images by left-clicking, choosing "copy," and then pasting them into a word-processing or publishing program.

Simple Way to Make a Lantern Shape

These aren't lanterns, per se, but they are an easy way to make a lantern shape. Just have children color the pictures, then accordion fold them to make them look a little like paper lanterns. You can also print them out on colored paper and fold.

Lantern template with cute pig
Lantern template with cute pig
Lantern template with cartoon pig
Lantern template with cartoon pig
The lantern templates can be printed onto colored paper. Cut out along the heavy, solid line and accordion fold to give them the look of a paper lantern.
The lantern templates can be printed onto colored paper. Cut out along the heavy, solid line and accordion fold to give them the look of a paper lantern.

Patterns for Small Pigs

Here you will find a face, ears, and nose for small pigs you can use to decorate other things. Just print out the template & assemble according to the directions.

You can then attach the pig face to the center of a card or to a sheet of paper, and have the child write the word pig next to it. I also used the template to make a little felt pig. You can see the sample below.

Felt pig made using the template above. The eyes and nostrils were made with a permanent ink marker.
Felt pig made using the template above. The eyes and nostrils were made with a permanent ink marker.

Even Smaller Pig Face Template

These are templates for even smaller pig faces. You can use them to decorate the top of a bookmark, or make small ornaments from them.

Pig Hanging Ornament With Charm

Below you will see the pattern for making a little ornament. Print out the template onto card stock, color, and then attach a ribbon or piece of string to the back of the pig's head. Attach the ornament to the bottom of the ribbon or string.

Remember, these images are all loaded as photos. Left click on them and choose "copy." Then paste them into a word-processing or publishing program to size and print them.

Use the template below to make this pig ornament and charm.
Use the template below to make this pig ornament and charm.

Pig Ornament Template

Print, cut, color, and assemble as shown.
Print, cut, color, and assemble as shown.

Pig Ornament Chain Template #1

Here is the first version of the ornament chain template, using the version of a pig that looks more like a boar.
Here is the first version of the ornament chain template, using the version of a pig that looks more like a boar.

Pig Ornament Chain Template # 2

Here is another version of the template for an ornament chain, using a cartoon picture of a pig.
Here is another version of the template for an ornament chain, using a cartoon picture of a pig.

Paper Plate Hanging With Charm

Below you will find a template for adding ears, eyes, and nose to a paper plate. If you can find pink paper plates, this craft would be so much the easier. Another simple tip: have the children draw the eyes on the plate, rather than cutting them out and gluing them.

Attach a ribbon to the plate and attach the circle (charm) to the bottom of it.

Sample pig made with paper plate
Sample pig made with paper plate
Template for making paper plate pig with charm
Template for making paper plate pig with charm

Greeting Card Template

Print out the following greeting card template onto card stock and fold it in half.Then, you can print and cut out any of the patterns here and glue them to the center of the front of the card to make your own Chinese New Year greeting card.

Most cards are traditionally red, since red is a lucky color in China.Gold lettering conveys wealth, so I try to make some of the lettering in gold. You can use gold metallic sharpies for a nice touch.

Template for Year of the Pig greeting card. Print onto card stock, fold in half, and glue one of the images from above onto the front of the card.
Template for Year of the Pig greeting card. Print onto card stock, fold in half, and glue one of the images from above onto the front of the card.

Sample Greeting Card

Here is the front of a sample card using the greeting card template and one of the images from above.  (The template prints much clearer than the photo. The site software increased the size while blurring the picture.)
Here is the front of a sample card using the greeting card template and one of the images from above. (The template prints much clearer than the photo. The site software increased the size while blurring the picture.)

Bookmark Template

Here is a template you can print onto card stock for the bookmarks. Once again, I usually print them on red because red is a lucky color. The top is left blank so that you can print and glue one of the images above to the top of the bookmark.

Bookmark template. Print onto card stock, then print and glue one of the images above on the top.
Bookmark template. Print onto card stock, then print and glue one of the images above on the top.
Small pig faces to use as topper for bookmarks or any other craft
Small pig faces to use as topper for bookmarks or any other craft
Sample bookmark using pig face image from above.
Sample bookmark using pig face image from above.

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