2018 is the Chinese year of the dog

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
    December 16, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Lovely craft idea, we love craft and we lve dogs

  2. Lyndsey Cooksey
    December 16, 2017 / 1:35 pm

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

  3. fiona waterworth
    December 16, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    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. Ashleigh Allan
    December 16, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Great craft work

  5. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 20, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Great little craft idea = thanks

  6. A.E. ADKINS
    December 20, 2017 / 8:05 am

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

  7. Susan B
    December 21, 2017 / 4:09 pm

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

  8. paula cheadle
    December 24, 2017 / 12:33 am

    my grandkids love doing crafts, some nice ideas

  9. Kev Cannon
    December 24, 2017 / 6:22 pm

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

  10. Lynda Graham
    December 24, 2017 / 9:34 pm

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

  11. Helen Stratton
    December 24, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    I love this dog, will be saving this 🙂

  12. Tracey Hallmark
    December 26, 2017 / 2:31 am

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

    December 26, 2017 / 9:27 pm

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

  14. Margaret Gallagher
    December 27, 2017 / 11:31 am

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

  15. paula cheadle
    December 27, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    fab crafted dog

  16. Leila Benhamida
    December 29, 2017 / 10:30 am

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

  17. Ren Taylor
    December 31, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Love this and great ideas thanks

  18. clair dukes
    December 31, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    What a great idea!

  19. Kerry Kilmister
    December 31, 2017 / 6:08 pm

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

  20. john prendergast
    January 1, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    looks a nice and easy project for my niece to make

  21. Rich Tyler
    January 2, 2018 / 1:58 am

    Lovely, what a great idea, easy peesy!

    January 2, 2018 / 6:03 am

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

  23. Jane Davies
    January 3, 2018 / 9:57 pm

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

  24. Lorna Ledger
    January 5, 2018 / 6:05 pm

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

  25. Michael Botzaropoulos
    January 9, 2018 / 11:24 am

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

  26. Kerry Taylor
    January 9, 2018 / 12:47 pm

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

  27. Rachel Atkinson
    January 9, 2018 / 5:40 pm

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

  28. January 9, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    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!!!

  29. January 11, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Those are brilliant. Love this idea. Must give it a go with the kids x

    January 13, 2018 / 1:49 pm

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

  31. Sarah Austin
    January 13, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Great idea!

  32. January 14, 2018 / 12:55 am

    this looks fab and remarkably easy to do – great idea

  33. Edward Guerreiro
    January 14, 2018 / 11:04 am

    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.

  34. becci cleary
    January 14, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    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!

  35. sandy ralph
    January 14, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    oh my gosh thats so cute i will try this with my grandson

  36. Tee Simpson
    January 14, 2018 / 9:08 pm

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

  37. Tracy Nixon
    January 17, 2018 / 7:27 am

    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!

  38. January 17, 2018 / 10:48 pm

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

    January 19, 2018 / 5:07 pm

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

  40. Kim W
    January 19, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    ha ha! love this little dog, and so will the kids.

  41. katie w
    January 20, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    love crafting with my little ones – will def try this

  42. Fiona jk42
    January 22, 2018 / 8:02 pm

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

  43. Stevie
    January 23, 2018 / 1:39 pm

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

  44. Stevie
    January 23, 2018 / 1:39 pm

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

  45. Harriet Leonard
    January 27, 2018 / 8:36 am

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

  46. Sarah Austin
    January 27, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Lovely craft idea!

    January 28, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Going to make some of these cuties with my grandchildren

  48. Tee Simpson
    January 28, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    Love this craft idea. Will use it at my playgroup

  49. Deborah Clarke
    January 30, 2018 / 9:46 am

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

  50. Richard Smallbone
    January 31, 2018 / 9:51 am

    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!

  51. Tee Simpson
    January 31, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Fab easy craft for little ones

  52. Lynn Neal
    November 4, 2018 / 8:11 am

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

  53. Tracy B
    November 29, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    What a great idea – I do love crafts like this.

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