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Make a Puppy Ears Card

Posted by  ·  June 24, 2012  ·  Last Updated: August 17, 2019

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 card.

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 PDF template
  • Printer
colored paper

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

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


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.


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

slide through card

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 card flap card

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

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

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

puppy card

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

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


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 puppy eyes

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
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.
 I am Larissa Holland of mmmcrafts and I’m glad to share a new project with you. Enjoy some of my other paper projects here and here.
Please enjoy this template and tutorial for your personal use! Commercial use is not allowed. Please don’t pin or post any in-progress shots, or repaste my text. Feel free to pin or post the finished card with a credit and a link back. Thanks!

Leave a Comment


  1. Frieda
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
    Hi Cindy, what a lovely card. My 7 year old son loves it!
    But when we tried to download the PDF with the template, we got an error message "Can’t connect securely to this page
    This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. "
    I assume you did not update the server for a while...
    Is it possible to fix it??
    Many Thanks!
  2. Friday, March 15th, 2019
    I would love to get the PDF template to make the Puppy Ears card.
    Thanks so much
  3. Eric
    Saturday, December 29th, 2018
    thanks for my classroom!!
  4. Karen in Florida
    Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
    Hi Cindy!! Your card is adorable!! I've printed the template & hope to make it this afternoon as a "dry run" before my 8-yr old granddaughter arrives on Tuesday. She always wants to craft with me & I thought this would be a great card for her to make. Thanks SO MUCH!! for your amazing idea & the FREE template! Huggs to you!
  5. catherine
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
    Dog card
  6. Thursday, May 31st, 2018
    I loved your work of art, it could only be translated into Portuguese ... but congratulations nonetheless! big kiss.
  7. Barbara
    Friday, May 26th, 2017
    Love the card - I made it into a puppet using Foam square on my Cricut for my Grandson. Thank you for the excellent tutorial.
  8. tricia
    Friday, February 17th, 2017
    after downloading the template the card came out much smaller than 51/2 x 41/4inches. it was 3x4. is template wrong size?
  9. Sunday, September 4th, 2016
    Very cute and my grandchild will love making this for her little sister. Thank you
  10. Pat
    Friday, March 25th, 2016
    So cute cannot wait to have a go with my granddaughter
  11. Friday, March 11th, 2016
    It is the 2nd card wich I make. It pleases me a lot. Thank you for the tuto.
    Kisses of France
  12. Kate Honess
    Saturday, February 20th, 2016
    Just wanted to thank you for sharing this card with the template. Such a beautifully engineered card and such fun to make! Have made six of them... Four for grandchildren and a couple to have around... Thank you!
  13. Tammy
    Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
    Hello I just tried making this card twice. I can get the ears to go up but not back down any suggestions what I am doing wrong!
    • Caitlin
      Monday, February 27th, 2017
      Hi Tammy
      All you have to do is to fold the ears back down when you push the tongue back up

      Does that make sense
  14. SSF
    Thursday, January 21st, 2016
    PDF is dont working
  15. Mary
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
    as good as shit
  16. Maia
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
    Very good
  17. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
    I just did it for the Hello song for my primary kids. I can't pull neither set ears back up at ALL. I'm so sad!!!! Please! help!
  18. Judy
    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    Loved the dog!!! Very good directions. Thank you for sharing your talent. My grandson will love this card!
  19. Sunflower
    Saturday, October 18th, 2014
    I made this card this morning for my 16 year old son for his birthday and he loved it!!!
    Thank you so much!!! : )
  20. Asia
    Monday, October 6th, 2014
  21. Elaine Stewart
    Monday, April 14th, 2014
    What a wonderful, ingenious card. Can't wait to make it for one of my grandsons. Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful tutorial with me.
  22. Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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  26. Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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  27. Amy P
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
    Thank you so much for the template! I just made this for my sister and it turned out great. The only trouble I had was that the dotted lines didn't appear on my printed templates, but that was easy enough to figure out. Perhaps it was because I selected 'black only' for printer ink?
  28. Monday, June 17th, 2013
    I made this card for my boyfriend for his birthday. We recently got a dog and this was perfect to wish him from both of us :)
  29. Jacque Knight
    Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    I'm going to make this for my great grandbabies. Thanks.
  30. Mary Jessop
    Sunday, May 5th, 2013
    Hello, I loved this card on sight, and decided to make it for my little great grand daughters birthday, but I cannot get the ears to fold back down once they have popped up!!! any suggestions please??
  31. Irene Albertson
    Thursday, April 4th, 2013
    what a cute idea.
  32. Kathy
    Sunday, February 24th, 2013
    Love the design and am trying to use the idea for an Easter Bunny from your pattern! Thanks so much for sharing!
  33. Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
    Thanks for sharing this super cute tutorial!
  34. april
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    what a cute card!! thank you so much! Using this as a Christmas card for my parents from the dog! Very clear instructions!!! Thanks again!!!!
  35. Sunday, September 9th, 2012
    Thank you so much for sharing the template to this adorable card. I can't wait to make it.
  36. Friday, August 31st, 2012
    It's a funny idea. I'll make for my son.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kisses from Barcelona
  37. JenL
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    My 5 yr old daughter and I just made this for a friend's birthday. To make it more feminine, we used light and dark pink paper instead of orange and yellow and added purple hairbows (making sure they were far enough down that they didn't get stuck when the tongue was pulled). Thanks for the idea! I love it!
  38. Laurene
    Saturday, August 11th, 2012
    My granddaughter age 7 and I made this while she was staying with us this summer. What fun. Thanks for the idea , template and instructions.
  39. Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
    Oooh thank you!! My sis's kids will love this! Thank you!!! Xxx
  40. maleine
    Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    superbe carte animée; je vous remercie pour les explications.
  41. Lexi
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    I was looking for a little something extra to put in my best friends birthday bag and found this on the web site, I love it! i made it with different colors than they had on the site, but it still came out amazing:) Thanks so much>>>
  42. Tiggrrrr
    Saturday, July 7th, 2012
    This is a great card. Mt great nephue will love it for his birthday.
  43. Debra Kapellakis
    Monday, July 2nd, 2012
    That is cute as cute can be. It would tickle me to get a card like that.
  44. darlene taylor
    Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
    I cannot seem to download the template that goes with this card -- love the idea. Please help.
  45. Dorise
    Monday, June 25th, 2012
    What a wonderfully cute puppy. Thanks so much for sharing this great card!
  46. Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    So cute...I can't stop looking at him! hugs, mb
  47. Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    Oh my that's the cutest little puppy card! Can't wait to make it with my munchkin!
  48. Monna (rhymes with Donna)
    Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    So cute!
  49. Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    This is so cute! I'm going to make some of these for child birthday cards.
  50. Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    So cute! My son would love this.