Create Your Pet Cardboard Dog | Elmer's Build It Tools Tutorial

What's better than hand-crafting the furry little friend you've always wanted? Use recycled cardboard to create an interactive dog craft you will love! Lead with creativity as you securely cut, connect, and decorate your own dog cutout for the DIY pet of your dreams. Make your own cardboard dog with our kid-safe Elmer's Build It Tools and craft the easiest pet you'll ever have!

Cardboard Dog Instructional



  • Cardboard boxes

Elmer's Build It Tools Starter Set:

  • Holepunch & Screwdriver

  • Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool

  • Screws

  • Elmer's Build It Tools Expansion Set

  • Rivets (optional)


  1. Gather your cardboard, Holepunch & Screwdriver, Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool, Screws, and optional Rivets from the Expansion Set.

  2. Cut out your dog's body, head, nose, ears, legs, and tail from the cardboard in the dog shapes pictured in the visual.

  3. Connect each cardboard cutout shape using the Holepunch & Screwdriver and Screws. To make the tail and ears interactive as you move them, use Rivets from the Expansion Set instead of Screws!

  4. Give your DIY dog a name and begin to play!

Elmer's Build It Tools turn your child's imagination into real-life cardboard cutout creations. Our kid-safe cardboard cutting and connecting supplies safely and easily create cardboard crafts for kids ages 6+. Ensure safety even when tools aren't in use with the additional security of the snap-on protective sleeve for our Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool.


*Adult supervision required.


Click here to download a PDF of all Elmer's Build It Project Instructions.