Hippopotamus Papercraft

Hippopotamus Papercraft

Updated 6/29/22

Hippopotamus Papercraft
Hippopotamus Papercraft

"What's your favorite animal to visit at the zoo? My kids love seeing the hippos! If your kids love going to see the hippos at the zoo or just think hippos are the coolest animal, you're going to want to make this adorable Hippopotamus Papercraft. This cute little guy is so fun and so easy to make. Plus, we've included a free template that makes tracing and cutting out pieces a whole lot easier. Make your own hippo today!"

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Difficulty LevelBeginner

Materials List

  • Colored paper
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors


  1. Select 2 or 3 different shades of the same colored paper for the paper hippopotamus craft. We’re using 3 different shades of blue colored paper. Trace the head and body patterns on the medium shade, the arms (upper legs of the craft) and the bottom part of the face patterns on the dark shade, and lastly, the belly pattern on the lighter shade of the selected papers. Trace the toe patterns on white paper and the inner ear patterns on pink paper. Cut them out nicely.

  2. Stick the inner ear patterns in the middle of the ear parts joined to the head cutout.

  3. Stick the 2 separate leg cutouts on both sides of the body base cutout. Stick the half-circular cutout on the bottom side of the head cutout. Also, stick the eye cutouts near the top part of the head cutout.

  4. Stick the head pattern on the top side of the body pattern. Use a sharpie to draw the nose, mouth, and eye outlines

  5. Stick the toe cutouts along the bottom sides of the leg parts joined to the body base cutout.

  6. Stick the 2 other toe cutouts on the open ends of the upper leg patterns to complete the craft.

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