I made this sweet little dog box as part of this month’s Coloring Challenge, with the theme of dogs (you’ll find more fun dog coloring pages for adults at the end of this post.) I was inspired by my turtle template coloring page, and figured I’d give a dog version a go. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
I like to think out of the box when creating coloring pages and give them more purpose than just coloring.
Ha – see what I did there? “Out of the box”…
You get it.
To fold the back up properly isn’t as easy as I’d hoped – you need to get all the mountain and valley folds right, but you don’t need to fold it properly. The fanned back is so pretty, it’s worth it. And you can simply fold it as it goes comfortably and tape it shut.
Here’s how it looks folded properly:
Print this dog box on card stock so that it holds its shape nicely. If you prefer to have the top fold neatly, it does so better on regular paper. You can print it twice and use the card stock ears and regular for the box.
I created the ears in a way that you can really do with them what you’d like. I folded them over just like this, and it looks great, but you can play around a little.
I colored these using a mix of Stabilo Point 88 and Power markers – the Point 88 are great for the smaller spaces, and the Power markers are perfect for filling in larger areas. The colors overlap so I can switch between them and get consistent coloring.
Use your imagination when coloring your dog box!
I went all colorful but still chose two neutrals to balance it out. I am quite satisfied with how it came out and I do have a tendency to be overly critical of my results.
Download your Free Printable Dog Box Coloring Page for Adults here:
What you need to assemble your dog box:
- The template above preferably printed on card stock
- Markers, gel pens, or colored pencils
- A craft or utility knife
- Something to score with (a scoring tool is most likely to score cleanest, but the blunt side of a craft knife, when used with care, can work too)
- Optional: a ruler (to keep your lines clean)
- Strong glue stick (gives you time to fix mistakes) or glue lines (instant, secure bond)
How to assemble your dog box:
Watch the video below to see how I assembled my dog box. Or scroll down for step-by-step photos and instructions.
1. Print your template on card stock.
2. Color it in!
3. Cut it out on the solid lines. Use a craft knife to get the triangles out.
4. Use your craft knife to cut out those two “random” slanted lines on the middle section of the box.
5. Use a blunt edge or scoring tool to score on the dotted lines.
6. Pre-fold your box into shape. Use alternating mountain and valley folds for the top section (the one that I colored purple)
7. Glue your ears into the slots – with the uncolored side facing up.
8. Assemble your box! Start by pasting the long middle section around the sides of the hexagon, then continue on to the flaps that finish the circle.
9. Turn your box over and bend your ears loosely into shape. I kept it a loose fold and did not flatten it.
10. Glue down your ears so that they stay. If you’re using a glue stick, you’ll need to hold it in place for half a minute.
Your dog box is ready to fill and gift!
Who will you be making this dog box for? Comment below! If you haven’t yet downloaded it, you can do so here.
Want more dog coloring page awesomeness? Check out Dachshund Love by Hattifant here!