Sunday, 13 December 2009

Tutorial: how to make a toy dog kennel for free.

You know how when you buy a kid a big present they often end up playing with the box? Well this is a tutorial on how to make use of spare cardboard and create a gift for free.

I have made a dog kennel but you could very easily adapt yours to make a stable, fire station, doll house, barn etc. Although you can use any old boxes I like the look of brown boxes and they worked well for the kennel. You want to try and get as big boxes as possible/necessary. I went to my local craft shop and asked them for the boxes that sheets of mount board come in, so that I had large expanses of “fold free” card. You might also try the local supermarket or any other type of shop.

 You will need: cardboard, Stanley knife, spare blades (cutting the card will blunt the blades quickly), ruler, setsquare, cutting mat(s) and a pencil.

These sketches will show you the four sides of the kennel you need to cut first of all. I have marked the sizes down but yours might be different depending on the size you want to make. The front and the back of the kennel are the same size as are the two side panels.

After cutting the 4 panels you then cut a door in the front piece.

Next you cut the slits, which will allow two pieces to be adjoined. On the four corners there must be an over lap, for strength, so do not cut too near the edge of the card (allow at least 3cm/1inch). On both sides of the side panels cut down, from the top to the bottom, approx 2/3 of the way making sure that the slit is only as wide as the card is thick. Then cut from the bottom up appox 1/3 at both sides of the front and back pieces.

The 4 pieces will then slot together to make the body of the kennel.

You then need to measure the length of the roof you want, remember you will probably want an overhang of say 3cmm/1inch so be sure to add this to the final measurement. Measure from the top of the front panel down to the side edge, add your overhang and then double it. 

Allow an overhang for the back and front also and add this to your length. The roof should be cut in one single piece and then scored down the middle allowing the piece to fold. (If you do not have a piece of card big enough you could tape 2 pieces together). The simplest way to measure where to cut the slots on the roof is to place the roof atop the kennel and mark with a pencil where the slits should go so as to fit with the up struts. 

All that is left is to fit the kennel together and decorate as necessary.


A sturdy Kennel, which will fold flat when not in use and when it is a little battered or no longer played with it, can go into the re-cycling bin.

Cost- Nothing

Please let me know if you make a kennel, house, garage etc 

I’d love to see them!

Friday, 11 December 2009

Fingerprint Friday

It is that time of year when we are all rushing about like headless turkeys (poor, delicious things, the turkey that is not us, well...). 
But i wanted to take a moment today to say a huge thank you to Kim at, who made this beautiful ornament, (she was my swap partner in Beki's ornament exchange), as well as everyone else who took part in the  exchange.  It is such a lovely thought that all over the word people are hanging decorations  in celebration of this special time of year and that everyone involved in the exchange gave so freely  of their time, talent and thoughtfulness.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you to Beki for organising this, i know you will all agree with me when i say she is a STAR!!!!

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Monday, 7 December 2009

Just some lovely christmas finds on etsy right now.
Christmas cards by DotsAndDahlias
Ornament by palomasnest
Earrings by japlishdelights

Thursday, 3 December 2009

fingerprint Friday

Technically it is still thursday night here in the UK but i was so  swamped last Friday i did not get a chance to blog, so though i am a little early this week at least I'm here!
Winter brings  has many down sides to it, rain, bitter cold, the flu to name but a few, however does not He always put roses amongst the thorns? The sunset are glorious, even if they are at 4 in the afternoon!

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