Chinese New Year will fall on the 16th February in 2018 and will be the year of the dog. We are a little worried as it is apparently dog years are the most unlucky for those previously born in the year of a dog. You see Hubby was born in the year of a dog, so is now expecting an unlucky year! In our house we also have a sheep (me) a dragon (Monkey) and a monkey (Kipper). Regardless of your zodiac sign, it seemed a good excuse to get a little crafty with my last post for Bostik Bloggers in 2017. Since it is the year of the dog I have decided to make a little dog puppet.

To make you own you will need:

  • two toilet rolls
  • three brown pipe cleaners
  • googley eyes
  • brown felt
  • two lolly pop sticks
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • white Bostik glue
  • black marker if you would like to add spots

Step One: Cut one of the toilet rolls in half. From the brown felt cut two ears and attach to the back of the half toilet roll with Bostik white glue. Do the same with the goggley eyes

Step Two: Cut two of the pipe cleaners in half turn one end in on itself to make a little paw. Punch four holes in the toilet role with a pair of scissors and knot the pipe cleaner on the inside to secure

Step Three: Punch another hole in the top of the toilet roll with the legs on the and the bottom of the head at the back with the ears. Secure the two together with a pipe cleaner

Step Four: Use the Bostik glue to secure the lolly pop sticks in a cross. Once dry attach a piece of ribbon at the back of the dogs bottom and another at the back of the head secure to the lolly pop sticks.

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  1. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir Reply

    Lovely craft idea, we love craft and we lve dogs

  2. Lyndsey Cooksey Reply

    They look so good! My daughter said she is going to gave ago at making one!

  3. fiona waterworth Reply

    I love the idea, my problem is the toilet roll tube, my stupid border collie goes for them to rip to shreds, so she will probaly kill the dog.

  4. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    Oooh, really want to try this craft – need to start saving toilet olls & kitchen rolls

  5. What fun! Starting projects with children when they are very young produces careful(ish) and creative children.

  6. Kev Cannon Reply

    I’m not overly fond of dogs but this will kill a couple of hours with my son who loves stuff like this

  7. Lynda Graham Reply

    Must give this a try.
    Brings back my Blue Peter attempt memories.

  8. Tracey Hallmark Reply

    Great idea we love crafting and get so many simple ideas from Pinterest these days


    I didnt know the new year would be the year of dog, what a great craft idea.

  10. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    How easy is that ! Certainly one we’ll be trying to

  11. Leila Benhamida Reply

    This is so simple and great. Love crafts and it is my daughter’s favourite activity.

  12. Kerry Kilmister Reply

    Oh this is so cute! My little girl will love making this

  13. EMMA WALTERS Reply

    looks great, glad i wasn’t born in the year of the dog now i know that!

  14. Jane Davies Reply

    How simple but adorable, my daughter loves doing crafts so this will be brilliant, and doesn’t look too messy !

  15. Lorna Ledger Reply

    I am a snake …….what is everyone else? Love Chinese New Year

  16. Michael Botzaropoulos Reply

    Love a bit of easy craft that’ll keep the kids entertained ! Thanks, sure my daughter will love making this.

  17. Kerry Taylor Reply

    I love crafting, but struggle with my 2-year old. He’s just so rubbish at it ;-p

  18. Rachel Atkinson Reply

    This is so cute and so clever – I will definitely be trying this.

  19. Looks really easy to make, and reminds me of my little cocker spaniel!!! Will give it a go with the kids – look out for the pics on instagram!!!


    My grandchildren would love making some of these cuties, thanks for the lovely post

  21. Edward Guerreiro Reply

    This looks like a fun little craft project. I’m going to try this with my niece. We will also paint the toilet roll tubes, because she loves to paint.

  22. becci cleary Reply

    This looks FAB! My 8 year old always brings a hand crafted project of whatever year it is home from school – I think they are all amazing!

  23. Tee Simpson Reply

    Love this craft idea. Might use it in my playgroup if thats ok

  24. Tracy Nixon Reply

    I love to celebrate Chinese New Year with my kids – We have a new pup so this is the year of the dog for us!

  25. I love reading about Chinese Zodiac! This is such a great craft and a such a great way of broaching the topic with children.


    Chinese horoscopes are fascinating, my mum is a dog so this is her year hopefully her health will improve

  27. Fiona jk42 Reply

    Very cute craft idea, will have to try this with my granddaughter

  28. Great idea. Looks easy enough to share crafting time with my 5 year old niece.

  29. Great idea. Looks easy enough to share crafting time with my 5 year old niece.

  30. Harriet Leonard Reply

    My daughter always asks to save toilet rolls for crafts, and she loves dogs so this would be perfect!!


    Going to make some of these cuties with my grandchildren

  32. Deborah Clarke Reply

    Ooh these are awesome ! I love crafting , it certainly keep the grandkids busy when im on babysitting duty lol.

  33. Richard Smallbone Reply

    My wife works in childcare and she thinks this is a great way to keep children entertained. So simple and cheap to do and I’m sure the adults get some fun out of it too, I know I’m going to when I make them with my daughter!

  34. I think this would be a good project to try with my granddaughter!

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