Make a pretty unicorn mobile using this unicorn paper craft template. I decided to offer the color-in version as a free printable so that you can craft together with your little ones, or on your own. I love paper crafts that you can do together with the kids and this fits the bill! Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
I confess, I might be a boy mom, but I am so girly, that when it comes to mythical creatures, my brain immediately turns towards unicorns.
I actually made these unicorns in a mix of colors that I knew M would like – including greens and blues – because who said unicorns are for girls? M was so excited when he saw it, he asked me to hang it in his room.
Totally clashes with the half safari, half Paw Patrol thing we have going on there, but it makes him happy and that’s what counts, right?
Anyway, I joined up with the Coloring Tribe this month on a mythical creature theme and obviously my brain took me to faraway places and I way overdid it.
First, in the spirit of the actual goal – to create a fun adult coloring page – I made a color-in version. It’s only somewhat complex, which means that the whole family can color it together. But it’s still totally mature enough for grown-ups.
I could have added all sorts of intricate detail to the hair, and I almost did, but I decided that sometimes adding more takes away, and I left it out.
Instead, I left you with plenty of space to experiment with adding your own vibe to it. I practiced using Prismacolor Premier Double Ended alcohol markers (particularly the brush end) to get a soft, blended look. You can see how professionally-illustrated it looks. I may or may not be a bit too proud…
I have both the regular colors and the portrait colors (FYI if you’re thinking of getting these, you CAN get them on Amazon but I got them at Blick Art Materials for a fraction of the price last I checked.) The portrait colors includes some really soft tones that helped me get a nice color on the unicorn’s face instead of just leaving it white.
I used the pretty metallic nail polish I was wearing at the time to “color” the eyes – I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but it adds that little touch of magic!
I created the mobile from the full-color version of this unicorn paper craft. I simply didn’t have the patience to color it all in separately. I colored two for M to play with and just used the full-color set to create the mobile.
I made the ears so that they stand up and you can curl them in too. If you want, after you cut them out, you can color them, but I like how they look white. The front part that you see of the ear is actually the back of the paper, which is why no color was added.
The unicorn’s hair sits at the back of his head. I hung the unicorn from the horn, however you can also choose to punch a hole at the top of the head and hang it from there if you prefer a different angle.
You can also add to this unicorn paper craft by creating your own hair from colorful yarn.
You can find the form for the free version at the end of this post.
What you need to assemble your Unicorn Paper Craft Template
- The template. Enter your email in the form below, and then check your inbox for the download link.
Note: you will want to print it on card stock for durability. However, the horns of the smaller sizes in the paid full-color bundle can be hard to assemble if they’re card stock, so you can print those on regular paper if you’re struggling.
- A metal ruler (or other stiff ruler)
- A craft knife
- A scoring tool
- A cutting mat
- A craft-strength glue stick
- A toothpick, skewer or something similar
- Markers to color it with!
For the mobile:
- Cotton twine or baker’s twine in fun colors
- An embroidery hoop – anything between 8-12 inches should be good (mine is 12″)
How to assemble your Unicorn Paper Craft
Watch the video below to see it in action, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions:
1. Color your unicorn!
2. While you can definitely cut out your unicorn paper craft with a pair of scissors, you’ll get a much straighter edge if you use a craft knife with a metal ruler to help you get your lines straight. Cut out the triangle hole on the unicorn head too.
3. Use a scoring tool to score on the dotted lines. I made them very faint so that they don’t show much when you’ve colored it. If this is a problem, just refer to an uncolored version as your guide.
4. Flip your template over to the back and use a toothpick to roll the ears in a bit. Note: if you didn’t cut them out properly, make sure you do first! You cut down to the bottom of the ear, and a bit in under it, on the fold-down tab. Just follow the solid line…
5. Fold your unicorn paper craft on the score lines you made earlier.
6. Make sure to assemble your unicorn horn too! The tabs fold outward.
7. Glue your unicorn horn shut as pictured.
8. Insert your unicorn horn into the triangle from the inside out. It should fit right in (the open side of your horn, where you connected it, goes in front.)
Tape it in place (you can glue it too, I just found it easier to deal with tape since it doesn’t show here.)
9. Assemble the rest of your unicorn paper craft, connecting the tabs from the inside. You’ll need to pinch the sides from the outside so that they stick well.
How to turn it into a Unicorn Baby Mobile:
You’ll be assembling the horns with the strings intact, and then assembling the rest of the unicorn paper craft as you did above, threading the whole horn with the string through the triangular hole.
1. Cut a length of twine and triple knot the end. The length should be a bit more than double the length you want that unicorn to hang.
2. Place your twine so that the not lies inside the horn, and the string comes out the tip of the horn.
And then assemble your horn around the string.
3. Remove the outer ring of the embroidery hoop and discard it (or save it for another project). Tie your unicorns at even intervals around the horn, ensuring that they hang at the height you want them to. You should have plenty “extra” string.
4. Gather the extras of the string together and tie them into a knot to form the hanger. It should be about the length you want it to hang.
5. To add a larger unicorn to hang from the center like I did, just tie the larger one onto the hanger knot last. I tied it so that it forms a loop which I used as the actual hanger.
That’s it! Your unicorn paper craft is complete!
What will you be using your unicorn paper craft for? Comment below! Enter your email into the form below to download it.