Stuffed Animal Pet Carrier

Overview:

Fashionistas are known for carrying their furry companions in fancy handbags. Now your child can create their own pet carrier for their stuffed friends! Their carrier could also double as a pet house, RV, pet ambulance -- anything you can imagine!

You Will Need:
  1. Cardboard box (similar to ULINE's "gable boxes" or children's fast food to-go box)
  2. Exacto knife or matte knife (adults only!)
  3. A piece of wood or something stiff on which to cut
  4. PDF template
  5. Pencil or marker for tracing
Supervision:
1 adult per 10 children
Difficulty:
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Age:
Preschool, School-age, Tween, Teen
Mess Factor:
Dustpan, please
Prep Time:
5 minutes or less
Activity Length:
30 - 60 minutes
Step 1:
Gather the materials you need for this craft. Keep in mind that if you don't have to use the ULINE "gable box" that we use. A children's fast food meal carrier or regular small cardboard box will work just fine.
Step 2:
Begin by placing the "door template" on top of one of the short ends of the box. Trace the template, but be sure NOT to start at the very bottom of the box. Move the template up about 2 cm from the bottom and then trace it.
Step 3:
Next, slip the piece of wood inside the flattened box behind the tracing you just made. Use the Exacto knife to cut along the trace line. The piece of wood is there to make sure you don't cut all the way through the box. Adult only for this part, please!
Step 4:
Remember, do not cut all the way to the bottom of the box. If you do, the door will simply fall off, leaving you with an open pet carrier. Look at the photo to see how you should keep about a centimeter intact from the bottom of the box. Of course, if you did accidentally cut the door off, you could just make a pet house without a door!
Step 5:
Finally, unfold the box and as you can see, you have a frame for a pet carrier.
Step 6:
Now it's up to you to decorate your carrier the way that you (and your stuffed pet) like best!
Variations:

Now, it's time to decorate. Here are some of my creations, including a vet ambulance. Have a blast making your own!

Materials List:
  1. Cardboard box (similar to ULINE's "gable boxes" or children's fast food to-go box)
  2. Exacto knife or matte knife (adults only!)
  3. A piece of wood or something stiff on which to cut
  4. PDF template
  5. Pencil or marker for tracing