Make some super cute printable paper guinea pigs using our free template. This set has a mama with two babies to cut, fold and slot together – no glue needed!
This printable craft was first shared in 2016 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience.
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Do you have a soft spot for guinea pigs? I do. Last year we bought two adorable young ones by the names of Bob and Lucy for our girls. The motivation behind buying them was the memory of how much I loved these creatures myself as a kid.
When I was growing up we had lots of guinea pigs. We began with three, and of course they had babies and three became many – which was the most exciting thing in the world to an animal-loving 10 year old. We sold the baby pigs to the pet shop lady (if we weren’t allowed to keep them) and the four dollars per piggy she paid us seemed like a fortune at the time.
I wanted my own girls to experience the wonder of owning these pets and also of seeing them have babies (which happens quicker than you might anticipate). As expected, my girls are both absolutely smitten and I’m happy to report that it’s just as amazing as I remembered to hold a day old baby guinea pig in your hands.
Here is a day old baby, we called him Charlie
This is his brother Bandit, when he was a little older
Guinea pig babies are incredible. They are born completely covered in fur with their eyes open (unlike mice and rabbits) and they are able to walk around and even eat grass straight away. They grow remarkably quickly, and after 7 weeks ours were getting quite big and were more than ready to leave their mama.
Lucy had three babies. It was sad to say goodbye to them but they have all moved on and found new homes now. She won’t be having any more because we had Bob desexed (which opened up a whole new can of worms as far as my kids are concerned!). We thought it would be kinder for Lucy to not be constantly pregnant and it’s a big responsibility to find good homes for all their babies, so these three were it for us.
These are the three brothers with their dad, Bob, at around 7 weeks of age
When the last of the babies was shipped off to his new home Miss K asked me to make a paper guinea pig for her. You know I’m always up for a creative paper craft challenge!
Admittedly paper guinea pigs are not the same as the real thing but they are still cute. If you have a kid who’d love a pet guinea pig but don’t want the responsibility of keeping them it might be the next best thing.
How to make printable paper guinea pigs
To make one you’ll first need to print out the template. To receive your free guinea pig template enter your details into the space below and it will be emailed to you.
Note: for best results use a heavy paper or light card stock that will fit through your printer. This will help for strength and sturdiness.
Cut out the shapes including the slits for the ears, fold two creases along the line of the guinea pig’s back and finally slot the ears into place to hold it together.
There is a mother guinea pig template and two different babies. I’ve made an extra one using an earth coloured card stock to give the mama three babies just like Lucy.
Miss K was very pleased with them!
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