Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
Printable Greeting Cards
Here you will find a collection of quick and easy Year of the Pig greeting cards that you can print, color, and assemble. These templates are especially useful for parents, teachers, and librarians who work with young children (preschoolers, kindergarteners, or elementary school children). Some of the drawings are my own designs; other artwork is under license from iStock or from free clip art sites. You are welcome to print them for personal or classroom use. Commercial use is prohibited.
For more craft ideas, see Easy Printable Projects for Year of the Pig.
This article first shows 3 different templates for pop-up cards, ranging from medium skill level to very easy. See the photo below for pictures of the finished cards.
Vertical, Horizontal, and Postcard Versions
Next, this article includes over 20 templates for cards you can fold horizontally or vertically, as well as some that are meant to be printed postcard style. See the photo for some samples of what the printable patterns look like.
How to Use These Templates for Your Craft Projects
At the bottom of this article, you will find the links for printable templates. I have one link for everything that is is in portrait orientation, and one for everything that is in landscape orientation.
If you would like to size your own cards, you can right click on the photo, and then paste it into a blank document in a program like Word or Publisher. Once you have pasted it, you can enlarge or minimize the image the way you'd like. Be aware that these photos don't have as good a resolution as the pdfs I have on the links below.
You'll notice that many of the greeting cards have big blank spaces on them. Those spaces will be the part of the card that is folded over after you have printed it out.
What the Cards Say
Each of these cards includes the Chinese characters that say "Happy New Year" and underneath is the pinyin version of the same saying. In this video "Learn How to Say 'Happy New Year in Chinese,'" you can hear how to pronounce Xīn nián kuài lè, which means, "Happy New Year."
The pinyin version shows you how the words are pronounced using the English alphabet. Here is a handy site with a chart that shows all the ways pinyin sounds can be written. What I especially like is that the site includes audio so that you can actually hear it.
Here are a few pop-up cards you can make. The first is the most complicated—but it's super-cute.It uses a template created by the master paper engineer Robert Sabuda. The next card shown is much simpler. It features a pop-out nose on the pig. And the third one is simply a card that includes a way to make a raised nose on the front to give it a little bit of a 3-D effect.
Fancy Pig Pop-Up Card
I had great fun with this one. If you’ve ever seen one of Robert Sabuda’s books, you know that he is a genius with cutting and folding paper. Fortunately for us, he’s put some pop-up designs on his site.
1. Print out card, color, cut, and assemble.
You’ll need two pieces of card stock to make this card. Follow the directions and the pictures carefully, and you’ll have a great little pop-up card. It looks complicated, but Sabuda includes detailed directions and photos for every step, so it's actually easier than it looks. See below for a sample of what the pop-out portion looks like when it's all colored, cut, and glued.
2. Print out covers for card. Color and cut out.
I decided to put together this design so that the front of the card will look nice, too. You can print it out, color it, and cut along the heavy black lines. Make sure that when you copy and paste this card into a document, each little card front measures 2" x 2" so that it will fit neatly on the front of the pop-up card you just made.
Remember to scroll down to the end of this document to click the link for the templates.
3. Glue the cover to the front of the card.
You can see below two views of the finished card: one shows the front straight on, and the other shows the front with part of the pig popping up in the center.
Simple Pop-Up Card
For younger children, this is a much simpler card to make. It only has one piece that pops up: the nose. See the photo below for an image of the inside of the card.
1. Print the template onto card stock.
Scroll to the bottom of this article to find the link that includes the pattern below.
2. Color the pig face and nose. Cut out all the pieces.
You can color the face and nose. Cut around the heavy black rectangle to cut out the card. Then, cut out the oval nose and the rectangle, which serves as the mechanism for the pop-up.
Note: Cut the smaller rectangle out around the perimeter on the heavy line. The lighter vertical lines inside are the fold lines.
3. Score the card along the center and fold inward.
I've provided a couple of guide lines in the center of the card. Hold a ruler along this center line, and then take the rounded end of a paper clip and run it along the center line. This technique helps you get a much better center fold.
4. Fold the smaller rectangle in half along the guide line. Then fold each half inward, as shown below.
See the picture below to see how to fold the rectangle which will allow the nose to pop up.
5. Glue the A and B portions of the rectangle to the corresponding sites on the pig's face.
See the photo below. Glue A to A and B to B so that the rectangle provides a surface on which to glue the nose.
6. Glue the nose to the center piece.
Fold a crease down the center of the nose. Glue the nose to the center piece that you just glued on to the center of the pig's face. Be sure to line up the creases in the nose and in the center piece.
7. Add a cover.
Below is a picture of the template you want to print out to go on the front of the card. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for a link to the templates.
Alternately, you can just draw a picture on the front of the card.
Simple Card With Raised Nose
Here's a card that just has a pig's face on the front of the card. You'll use a little rectangle of card stock to make a raised, flat area onto which you can glue the nose. This is the simplest of the 3 cards.
1. Print out template.
There are photos of the two templates below. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the link for the landscape orientation templates.
The first template is in black & white so that children can color it. The second template has the colors already printed, so that you can just print, cut, and glue.
2. Cut out card, nose, and rectangle.
Cut the card along the dark black line around the outside. Cut out the nose. Cut out the rectangle along the dark perimeter lines. The lighter lines inside are fold lines.
3. Fold card and rectangle as show in photo.
Remember to score the card using a straight edge and a paper clip, as shown above. Fold the rectangle as shown in the photo below.
4. Glue A and B onto corresponding portions of face. Glue nose to flat part of rectangle.
Once you glue the A and B tabs to the corresponding portions on the pig's face, you will have a raised, flat surface. Glue the nose to that.
See the photo at the beginning of these instructions to see the completed card.
Happy New Year Cards (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)
You can print these out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock, then fold them in half so that the pig picture is in the front.
Remember to score the cards first. Take a straight edge and put it flush with the line you want to fold. Then, take a paper clip and run the rounded edge along the line, using the straight edge to guide you. You will make the smallest little impression along that line, but it really gives you a much nicer, crisper fold.
Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find a link for landscape templates.
Pig Face to Attach to the Front of the Card
If you didn't want to draw a pig on the front of the card, you could use the template below to put a pig face on the front of the card. Just print, color, and cut. Then, assemble as shown in the picture.
Happy New Year Cards 8.5 X 5.5 inches
You can print these out onto card stock, then fold them over so that they are wider than they are long.
The link for these portrait templates is at the bottom of this article.
Here are some full-color cards that you can print. They were designed to be around 8.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches high. The link for these portrait templates is at the bottom of this article.
I was able to fit two cards on each letter sized piece of paper.
Landscape Templates for Year of the Pig Cards
- Year of the Pig Cards Landscape Templates pdf.pdf - Google Drive
This link has all the templates for the items that are landscape orientation. If you only want to print one of the patterns, set your printer to print only that page.
Letter Templates for Year of the Pig Cards
- Year Of the Pig Card Letter Templates full pdf.pdf - Google Drive
This link has all the templates for the items that are portrait orientation. If you only want to print one of the patterns, set your printer to print only that page.
Information on the Year of the Pig
The pig is the twelfth and last animal in the Chinese zodiac. Legend has it that long ago the Emperor of Heaven devised a race across a river for all the animals. The winners would have a year of the zodiac named after them, in accordance with how they placed in the race. Ox was the strongest swimmer, and would have place first, except for the clever rat who hitched a ride on the ox's back and then darted out ahead to claim first place. The tiger, also a strong swimmer, came in third.
Bringing up the end of the pack were dog and pig. The dog has stopped to play in the water. And the pig was last, having stopped to snack before continuing on with the race. You can find a quick and easy play for children at this link: The Animals' Race. The site includes a script and graphics you can print for the different animals.
In the Chinese culture, pigs are a sign of wealth due to their well-fed chubby faces and large ears. (It makes me wonder if Western civilizations once had the same kind of belief, which is why they chose the shape of a pig for the little banks they give to children.)
Traits of People Born in the Year of the Pig
People born in the Year of the Pig are reputed to be go-getters, energetic and enthusiastic, even if the work they're doing might seem to be a little bit boring. They aren't wasteful, but they do like entertainment and enjoying life. They are typically gentle and willing to give others a break.
© 2018 Adele Jeunette
Adele Jeunette (author) on January 16, 2019:
Thanks. they're a new thing for me, but I think they turned out cute.
spikesbnl on January 14, 2019:
Thanks so much for the pop-up cards. Very cute.