This Puppy Ears Card is an adorable card that is easy to make and a delight to open! Kids will love making and giving this fun 3D pop up card. Drop it in the mail, and it is double the delight for a kid who likes to get their own mail!

If you are looking for other kids’ crafts. You might like these paper towel butterflies.

Puppy Ears Card

puppy ears card

Let’s make a silly, flappity-eared puppy card that has a tongue pull tab! It’s just the thing to make to say Hi to friends you miss, or just give to someone who could use some puppy love. Are you ready?

First things first. Gather your materials! You need:

  • Letter-sized sheets of white, blue, yellow, orange and red card stock
  • Scraps of white and black paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors and/or craft knife (Remember the craft knife is sharp! Be careful!)
  • Circle punches in 1 inch and 5/8 inch sizes
  • Ruler
  • This Puppy PDF
  • Printer

colored paper

supplies for puppy card

Get Started:

1) Download the PDF template, open it, and follow the directions on the template to print on your card stock.

2) Score and cut out all the pieces as directed on the template. I use a
ruler and the back of my craft knife* (not the sharp side) to score. You
can also use a table knife to score. Keep the extra uncut pieces to make a card
in opposite colors later!

*Get a grown-up involved if you are using a craft knife. It’s sharp!

3)  Cut the white piece of card stock in half so that you have two pieces
that are 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Fold them in half. You’ll use one for this
card and have an extra to make another card later.

white paper folded for cards


4) Glue the tongue to the earpiece. Note the writing is facing up on the ears and facing down on the tongue.

ears for puppy card


5) Glue the semicircle to the bottom of the blue piece, flush with the bottom edge. Note the text is face down on both pieces.

paper card for puppy card


6) Feed the tongue through the slit from the back.

slide through card with tongue


7) Put glue only on the top and sides of the text side of the head and center it flush against the top edge of the blue.

sew edge of card

flap card putting pieces together


8) Punch two white 1-inch circles and two black 5/8 inch circles. Make eyes by gluing the black onto the white. Then glue the completed eyes on, being sure they are in a spot that is hidden by the ears when they are folded down.

puppy face glueing eyes


9) Use a template piece to trace a nose on black paper with a pencil. Cut it out and glue to the face.
puppy noes

10) Fold over the blue side flaps toward the back and crease them well.

puppy card finished


11) Add glue to the back side of
each flap, then glue to the front of the card you made in step 3. It’s easier to add the card to the back of the puppy instead of the other way round, but be sure you have the card opening on the correct side.

puppy ears card ready to glue on white card

Puppy card pressing glue down


12) Open the card and fold over the yellow flap between the ears and glue it to the inside cover of the card.

card glued together


13) Test the ear action! Pull the tongue down and watch the ears flip up! Push the tongue back inside and the ears can fold back down.

puppy card test actions

final puppy card


14) Using a gel pen or thin magic marker (not a permanent marker – those may bleed through
your paper), add the word “PULL” to the lower part of the tongue that shows
when the ears are laying down. Add a message to the inside of the ears if you like, for example:

Hi There!
Miss You!
Happy Birthday!
Whoa, Nellie!

puppy card final in action

Tada! Your Puppy Ears card is now finished! Write a note on the inside of the card and send some silly puppy love in the mail. This card fits in a 5 x 7-inch envelope.
Many thanks to Larissa Holland of mmmcrafts for sharing this fun project with us.

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  1. merci beaucoup pour cette carte amusante ., très bien expliquée .
    bonne journée de la France .

  2. merci beaucoup pour cette carte .les explications sont très claires , photos à l appui .
    bonne journée

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