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Mechanical Dog Cards

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind greeting card, try these mechanical dog cards with clever moving parts that are sure to charm the recipient.
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind greeting card, try these mechanical dog cards with clever moving parts that are sure to charm the recipient.

Tools and Materials
Templates: Top of card ("Hap-pee Birthday," head shaking, or blank), middle (mechanical) pieces, bottom of card
Assembly guide
Photo of dog (optional)
Craft knife 
Bone folder 
Screw punch 
Double-sided tape
Paper fasteners
Regular (one-sided) tape

Dog Cards How-To
1. Print templates for each of the 3 layers of the card -- top of card, middle (mechanics), and bottom -- and assembly instructions on card stock. To make a card featuring your own dog, print out the blank template and cut out and paste a photo of your dog that's about the same size and pose.

2. Starting with the bottom of the card, use a ruler and a bone folder to score along the dotted lines. Cut out the full piece on the solid lines. Punch the hole marked by a black dot with a screw punch. Fold up along the dotted lines along both edges.

3. Cut out the middle (mechanical) pieces on solid black lines. Score on dotted lines where marked. Punch holes where marked with a screw punch.

4. Attach folded pink "stop" piece to bottom of card with double-sided tape, as shown in the template.

5. Use paper fasteners to attach the moving pieces to each other. Insert paper fasteners from back to front so "wings" open onto front of tabs.
- Attach the yellow tab arm to the pull tab at point "A."
- Attach the green tab arm to the yellow tab arm at point "B."
- Attach the green tab arm to the bottom card piece at point "C."

6. Fold up the pair of leg/head "flanges" along dotted lines.

7. Cut out the top piece for the card, and cut out circle as marked. Lay the assembled bottom piece flat, fold the two long flaps in over the pull tab, and put double-sided tape along the two long flaps.

8. Lay the top edge of the front of the card over the tape on the top flap of the bottom of the card; press in place. Pull the leg/head flanges through the hole in the front of the card.

9. Attach the bottom edge of the front of card to the bottom flap.

10. Place a piece of tape on the back of each of the leg/head flanges so that sticky side extends past the flanges, facing up. With the pull tab pushed in, position the leg/head over the flanges (leg should cover the word "peee"). Press down firmly so the tape holds leg/head in place. Cut off excess tape with a craft knife.

11. Attach stand to back of card with double-sided tape.

Paper fasteners are available at office-supply stores. All other tools and materials are available from Martha Stewart Crafts. Special thanks to popular children's book author, Matthew Van Fleet, for sharing this craft. For more information about Matthew, visit Special thanks to Simon and Schuster for giving copies of Matthew's book, "Alphabet," to our studio audience.

Comments (29)

  • Fradele 24 Apr, 2011

    I downloaded the cards, but the Frenchie card has a pug face. How do I get the Frenchie face?

  • Scholarcat 20 Feb, 2011

    One of these cards is really low class! I can't believe it appears on a site that I have always felt had a lot of character and class. I browse this site for crafts to share with my toddler granddaughter... I would NEVER want her to see your HAPPEE BIRTHDAY card because I don't want her to think it is OK to send cards like this. People think it's CUTE? YIKES

  • verymissmary 19 Feb, 2011

    I've got two of the three pups and the blank...need a clue on how to get the it at all available?

  • tanyastreasures 19 Feb, 2011

    click on the top of card link that you want. Then click on middle for the head and leg. Then click on bottom. Then you can look at the assembly guide and put it together. Hope that helps. Sorry so late.

  • rozia_rose 11 Dec, 2010

    has anyone fond the complete template for frenchie??? i have a friend who has a french bull dog and she would absolutely love this card! please help...

  • ksopko 9 Dec, 2010

    Not all of the templet is there. I got the Frenchie without the leg piece and the pug body without the head. How can I get the rest of it?

  • MCct 30 Sep, 2009

    I love the Ha...pee Birthday card!

  • lrohland 1 May, 2009

    HOw do i get the templates to print ??????!!!!!!!!

  • frannikenna 2 Mar, 2009

    Help! is there some trick to opening template. Just won't open

  • jnetti 27 Feb, 2009

    I think this card has endless possibilities, and is eaie to figure out than the pattern from another pop-up book I have used. You could change the sized and shape and make so many different moveable types of cards. I love this card idea too. Thanks Martha.

  • dlmartin 27 Feb, 2009

    Very cute dogs with endless possibilities for other animals. However, it's disappointing MSO created them in a "tacky" fashion.

  • draney 27 Feb, 2009

    This was super easy! Love it!

  • DebbieDurham 27 Feb, 2009

    This is hilarious! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

  • HEIDI5522 27 Feb, 2009

    I would love to make the Dachshund...Where is the template??

  • edunn414 26 Feb, 2009

    The pug and boxer are featured on the templates but not the dachshund?

  • flyingstitches 26 Feb, 2009

    I must try this project! As I have two darling rescue pugs so this is perfect - everyone I know will get a puggy card!

  • flyingstitches 26 Feb, 2009

    I must try this project! As I have two darling rescue pugs so this is perfect - everyone I know will get a puggy card!

  • booklady2228 26 Feb, 2009

    I think this is just GREAT! What fun!

  • EmeraudesMom 26 Feb, 2009

    AWSOME!!!! LOVe IT, can't wait to do our own version!! (I think I'll let her design a monstr with google eyes lol

  • dotsonjudy 26 Feb, 2009

    What a cute project. The "pee" card will be my husband's b'day card as we have three not so well trained Shih Tzus.

  • chefette86 26 Feb, 2009

    The templates are under 'tools and materials' in the article. Click on the highlighted text. Martha Stewart's screw punch is available at Michaels.

  • PhotoGal 3 Feb, 2009

    If you can not see the template links, if you click off the video (hit the X in top right corner of video) the template links should appear in the text where the video used to be. If you want the video back, refresh the page. I'm not sure if this will help but give it a try, hope it works for you..

  • msredhot 26 Jan, 2009

    I am unable to find the template as stated on the show. Others have noted the same. The cards are really cute, but I would like to see the template.

  • Tkitty 25 Oct, 2008

    I wanted to add something. I checked and these cards will fit into standard envelopes (5 3/4'' x 8 3/4") which can be purchased in the stationery supply departments of many stores.

  • Tkitty 25 Oct, 2008

    I really fell in love with this hand-crafted card, and since I have a dog (and my family members also have dogs and horses), I'd like the blank template. I think we can improvise, however. It really would be nicer to be able to download our own pictures onto the cardstock, rather than cutting and pasting.

  • gayferland 24 Oct, 2008


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  • lovethatchocolate 24 Oct, 2008

    On the show today, a screw punch was used to punch the holes in the cards. Under Resources, it states this tool is available from Martha Stewart Crafts, however, I was not able to find a screw punch. I would love to have one of these tools. Thank you.

  • schomberg42 24 Oct, 2008

    These cards are funny. On the show today it was stated that there would be a blank template, however, I did not see a link for this. I have cats and would love to make these cards with photos of my cats. Thank you.