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How to Make Cardboard Dogs

Making cardboard dogs can be relaxing.
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Cardboard is commonly used in craft projects such as cardboard hats, boxes and scrapbooks. This type of board is usually preferred over other materials because it is readily available, easy to work with and inexpensive. Making a cardboard dog can be challenging and fun.

Things You'll Need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Mounting Tape
  • Medium-Grit Sandpaper
  • 3/4-Inch Plywood
  • Wood Saw
  • Pencil
  • 1/2-Inch Diameter Wooden Rod
  • Wood Glue
  • Oil-Based Enamel Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor Paints

Draw the outline of the dog, including its tail, on a piece of cardboard 30 inches long and 24 inches wide with a pencil. Draw the eyes, ears, nose and mouth of the dog to show its face. Color your drawing using markers or paints such as watercolors.

Cut the cardboard along the outline using utility scissors, but do not bend parts of the cardboard while cutting. Place the cutout figure on a flat surface to avoid folding or bending the cardboard.

Cut a three-quarter inch rectangular piece of plywood measuring 12 inches wide by 24 inches long with a table saw, then smooth the edges of the plywood with medium-grit sandpaper. Stand the cardboard figure upright on top of the plywood with the length of the plywood parallel to the length of the cardboard. Mark the spot on the plywood where the feet of the cardboard dog fall on the plywood.

Drill a hole on each spot you marked in Step 3, using a power drill fitted with a half-inch drill bit. Apply wood glue into the drilled holes, and then plug a wooden rod measuring half an inch in diameter and 16 inches long into each hole. Align both rods so they are vertical and parallel, then allow the wood glue to dry overnight.

Paint the wood using oil-based enamel paint of your preferred color applied with a paint brush. Allow the paint to dry following the paint manufacturer's recommended drying period.

Stand the cardboard dog upright in front of the wooden rods and position the figure so that its feet are placed in front of each wooden rod. Allow the feet of the cardboard dog to touch the top of the plywood.

Attach the cardboard dog to each wooden rod by placing double-sided mounting tape between the cardboard and each wooden rod. Press the cardboard firmly against each wooden rod. Display the cardboard dog on a spot where it can be viewed.


  • Cardboard can sometimes be difficult to cut, so exercise care when cutting to avoid any injury.
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