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Book Review: Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut, and Fold

March 12, 2015

If you have been trying to think of things to do with the kids during spring break then you may want to take a look at Paper Pups! 

Paper Pups will teach you how to make 35 different dog breeds out of paper. The projects in this book are made using two Japanese paper craft techniques; origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting). No adhesives are used to make the pups; interlocking joints allow them to be free standing.

The steps for making the pups are all the same photocopy the template and then follow the directions for cutting, folding and shaping your paper. The projects are grouped into four skill levels: very easy, easy, intermediate and advanced and the How to Use This Book chapter will teach you everything you need to know to get started. The projects in Paper Pups are geared more towards older kids and teens.

Author Hiroshi Hayakawa did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the various breeds making the dogs look very lifelike. My favorite paper pups are the energetic Weimaraner, the mighty English Bulldog and the amazing Chinese Crested!

Also featured are templates for dog accessories like collars, Best in Show ribbons, a fire hydrant and even a dog house for your paper pup!

These dogs are so doggone cute you’ll want to make them all!