Lines Across: Dog and Cat Paper Gift Boxes

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dog and Cat Paper Gift Boxes

The other day I stumbled upon this great tutorial (and free template) from Curbly for a very simple gift box, and I made these out of card stock.

Immediately, when I saw these with the way the little tabs stick up, they reminded me of little animals. So I decided to turn a couple of them into a dog and a cat.

I used the scraps of card stock leftover from the template to cut out little arms and tails for the dog and cat. I attached everything with a glue stick. I added little eyes, paper noses, and details with an ultra fine sharpie. You could have fun and decorate these boxes as almost any animal. They are such a fun way to give a small gift, gift card, or party favor to kids, or grown-up animal lovers like me.

How to make the ears and tongue:

When cutting out the template for the cat and dog boxes, I drew new lines over the tabs (make them longer, NOT wider), in the shape of dog and cat ears. I used red washi tape for the insides of the ears and for the dog's tongue. These gift boxes are also reusable.


  1. These are adorable. I shared a link to them on my facebook page:

  2. I can't get over how you took that simple design and turned it into an extra special gift box! BRAVO!

  3. Your gift boxes are adorable BUT the way you have them posed is even cuter.

  4. Aaaawwwww! Nice idea and super cute.

  5. Hey Rachel: I'm Connie at, a new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
    These are so cute. Thanks for sharing.
    I'm pinning, hope that's ok.

  6. Lol- what a fun way to spruce up some average boxes! The cat one is just too cute. My sister is SUPER into cats so I might have to pull this one out. =D I know you've linked up before- if you have the time, I'd love for you to share on Sweet Sharing Monday!

  7. What a cute way to give a gift!!! I've pinned this already! Thanks so much. Linda

  8. We loved these cute boxes! We have shared your brilliant gift boxes in our teachers gift tutorial over on our brand new blog (only made public today!)

  9. What an adorable idea for boxes. Thank you for sharing! You are so talented! I pinned so all my friends could enjoy. Thanks again!


  10. Amazing Idea!!!

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  12. really love your boxes, I recently made one for my boyfriend. I made it a black cat, and inside I stuck spring up "fireworks" and "balloons". Turned out great!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :) x

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  15. What a great idea.
    ButI can not find the template for the cat box on:
    Who can help me with this.
    Please mail to


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