How to Make a Paper Version of Your Dog

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by Stacie

7 months ago

BarkPost manager, ghostwriter for dogs. Find me on Twitter. Email stories and funny vids to puppics@barkbox.com.

How would you like to have your pup with you all the time on your desk while you’re at work? Perfectly behaved, never makes a peep, never poos on the outgoing mail? You totally can have this with a paper pup made from the book “Paper Pups” by Hiroshi Hayakawa. ; )

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The little doggehs that you can make in the Paper Pups book were designed using two traditional paper craft techniques: origami and kirigami. Origami refers to folding paper and kirigami refers to cutting paper. By combining the two techniques, you get some really detailed, adorable paper critters.

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For our first foray into the art of paper folding and cutting, we decided to make a paper version of our first office pup, Scout. Gotta say, it was really fun to make a paper version of Scout’s old grumpy self. ; )

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We started off by tracing Scout’s pattern to a piece of transparent paper. You can also photocopy the page and then cut out the pattern onto a piece of cardstock.

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After you get the pattern cut out, just follow the easy directions in the book to score and fold the paper pup.

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If you want to add extra details to the pup, you can paint it or draw details on with a marker! We used a little bit of acrylic paint and brushed on some Schnauzer details for Mr. Scout.

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And voila! A pup that will sit still on your desk 100% of the time.

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You can also make more pups to have a paper menagerie! (With a teeny tiny BarkBox, of course.)

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To get the patterns to make your own dog, you can buy Paper Pups by Hiroshi Hayakawa on Amazon. ♥

As a special bonus, Lark Crafts, the publisher of Paper Pups has generously given us a printable download so that you can try your paws at creating your own pup right now!

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