Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
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.
How to Use These Patterns
At the end of this article, you will find the links for printable templates. I have one link for everything that is in portrait orientation, and one for everything that is in landscape orientation.
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 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.
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.
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, you can find the link for these templates at the bottom of this article.
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.
Sample of Pig Above
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.
Colorful Pig With Chinese Character
Here’s another little guy with a teal background and the character for 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.
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 the links for these templates are included at the bottom of the article.
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.
Sample of Completed Picture Using Above Template
Lanterns for Year of the Pig
There are several ways to make lanterns for the 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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, the links for the templates are at the bottom of this article.
Pig Ornament Template
Pig Ornament Chain Template #1
Pig Ornament Chain Template # 2
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.
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.
Sample Greeting Card
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.
Link for Portrait Templates
- All Portrait Docs for Year of the Pig Projects.pdf - Google Drive
Here is the link for all of the above templates that are in portrait orientation. If you want just one of the pages, set your print to print just that page.
Link for Landscape Templates
- All Landscape Docs for Year of the Pig Projects.pdf - Google Drive
Here is the link for all the templates that are in landscape orientation. If you want just one of the pages, remember to set your printer up to print only that page.
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