Make a pangolin bauble for your Christmas tree

Add a Pangolin bauble to your Christmas tree to help raise awareness of these special animals.

Pangolin Christmas bauble

This bauble is has three layers: two outer decorated ones, and a third central one that helps provide the structure. All three slot into the square piece of card.

I used an old breakfast cereal box and scraps of wrapping paper for the scales.


Pangolin Christmas bauble

Click on the image below to open a printable pdf, don’t forget to add an eye on each side.

3d bauble


Other pangolin crafts for Christmas – pop-up card and easy pangolin baubles.

Pop-up pangolin Christmas card

Pangolin Christmas baubles


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Happy Christmas from Pipisin the Pangolin

Pipisin the Pangolin loves Christmas! Last year he made pangolin baubles to hang on your Christmas tree, this year he has his very own pop-up Christmas card.


To make your own pop-up pangolin card – click on the picture and download the pdf template. Print it out, colour it in, cut along the solid lines of the pangolin and the plants, and fold the dashed lines. Fold in half and place inside a second piece of paper or card.



Click on this picture for the template without any words:



Felt pangolin

Who can resist a cute soft toy pangolin?! Now you can make your own 🙂

Pangolins are the only mammals with scales.  Their scales are made of keratin just like our nails and account for about 20% of the animals weight. Sadly, they are also one of the reasons why so many pangolins are killed. The scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction because of illegal trade.

Due to their varying sizes, different species of pangolin are likely to have different numbers of scales. Apparently sunda pangolins (from which Philippine pangolins were only recently separated) have approximately 900 scales.

Making my felt pangolin, I lost count at 120 scales. I just kept making more as I needed them but I’m glad I didn’t have to cut out 900!

Click on the picture below to open a printable pdf:

felt pangolin

NB. Unless you sew the scales on incredibly well, it’s not suitable for small children. No-one should be eating pangolin scales even it the are made with felt!

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Pipisin the Pangolin picture book

Peeping pangolin

One of the many special things about pangolins is there ability to roll up into a tight ball that even lions and tigers can’t get into. Unfortunately this defence makes it easy for humans to catch and smuggle them. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world – illegally traded for their meat and scales.

I saw a cute paper pangolin like this online but couldn’t find a template to make it; this is my version.

Click on the picture below to open a printable pdf:

peeping pangolin


front cover
Pipisin the Pangolin picture book

Paper pangolin

There seems to be a real shortage of pangolin related crafts available online. So a few weeks ago (or maybe it was longer) I decided to make my own…  My desk has been covered with pangolin-shaped bits of card, felt scales and prototype pangolins.

In the run-up to World Pangolin Day on 20 February 2016, I’ll post the results. Hope you have fun making your own pangolins! Please do share pictures of what you make via twitter or facebook.


Click on the picture below to open a printable pdf.

paper pangolin


front cover
Pipisin the Pangolin picture book