Printable Greeting Cards for Year of the Dog: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.

Printable Greeting Cards for the Year of the Dog
Printable Greeting Cards for the Year of the Dog

Printable Greeting Cards

Here is a collection of quick and easy “Year of the Dog” greeting cards you can print, color and assemble. These fast templates are especially useful for teachers, parents, and librarians who work with preschoolers, kindergarteners, or elementary school children (though some of the designs are sophisticated enough for older people).

If you are looking for printable coloring sheets, envelopes or bookmarks, click here: Printable Templates for Year of the Dog.


How to Use These Templates for Your Craft Projects

I have loaded these images as photos (jpegs). To copy them for printing, you can right click on them, and then paste them into a program like Microsoft's Word or Publisher. Once you have done that, you can enlarge or minimize the images the way you'd like.

You'll notice that many of the greeting cards have big blank spaces on them. Those spaces will be the part of the card that is folded over after you have printed it out.

Index Photos

Since there are a number of cards projects posted here, I thought I would put a couple of index photos up front. These are pictures of the finished templates, listed in order top to bottom and left to right. These photos will give you an idea of what you can find if you keep scrolling through the site.

Index Slide 1  Here are the templates you can find in the first half of the site.
Index Slide 1 Here are the templates you can find in the first half of the site.
Index Slide 2  These are the templates and cards you can find on the second half of this site.
Index Slide 2 These are the templates and cards you can find on the second half of this site.

Happy New Year Cards 8.5 X 5.5 inches

Print these out onto card stock, then fold them over with the dog picture facing out.

Each of these cards has the Chinese characters that say "Happy New Year," along with a pinyin version. Pinyin is a method of using the English alphabet to indicate how the words are pronounced.

Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold
Greeting card to print color, and fold

Happy New Year Cards 5.5 X 8.5 inches

Here are some cards which use different pictures to stand in for the “0” in 2018. Remember that the top is blank because you are going to fold that part over to make your card.

2018 card: Ball which stands in for the zero has the character for dog. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card: Ball which stands in for the zero has the character for dog. Print, color, and fold.
Dog with ball and Chinese character.  Print, color, and fold.
Dog with ball and Chinese character. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card: dog in t-shirt.  Print, color, and fold.
2018 card: dog in t-shirt. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card with dog face. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card with dog face. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card: oval dog. Print, color, and fold.
2018 card: oval dog. Print, color, and fold.

Happy New Year Half-Page Cards

I tried something a little different with these. These cards are arranged 2 to a sheet, and you can print the page on cardstock, and then cut it in half. The dog graphic is at the top, and you can cut it out. For some of the dogs, you need to add ears, which are printed on an additional template. Refer to the sample finished card to see how each one is assembled.

Sample Oval Dog Card

Sample Oval Dog Card.  The ears are on a template below. Color them, cut them out, and attach them to the dog's head.
Sample Oval Dog Card. The ears are on a template below. Color them, cut them out, and attach them to the dog's head.
Oval Dog Card template. After coloring, cut into two cards, then cut out the top of the head. See finished sample above.
Oval Dog Card template. After coloring, cut into two cards, then cut out the top of the head. See finished sample above.
Oval Dog template in color. If you don't have the time to color the cards, simply print out this template, cut out the top of the dog's head, and add the ears.
Oval Dog template in color. If you don't have the time to color the cards, simply print out this template, cut out the top of the dog's head, and add the ears.

Ears for Oval Dog Card

Oval Dog Ears.   Color in two ovals for the ears, cut out, and attach to head.
Oval Dog Ears. Color in two ovals for the ears, cut out, and attach to head.

Sample Square Dog Card

Sample Square Dog Card  The ears are printed on the second template below. Color them, cut them out, and attach to the dog's head.
Sample Square Dog Card The ears are printed on the second template below. Color them, cut them out, and attach to the dog's head.
Square Dog Pattern. Color as desired, then cut out and add the ears from the template below.
Square Dog Pattern. Color as desired, then cut out and add the ears from the template below.
Pattern for ears.  Color in two ears, cut, and attach to head on Square Dog Pattern
Pattern for ears. Color in two ears, cut, and attach to head on Square Dog Pattern

Sample Dog With Ball Card

Dog with Ball Cards. Print them on card stock, color, and cut to make two cards.
Dog with Ball Cards. Print them on card stock, color, and cut to make two cards.

Many Faces Card

Here is a card printed 2 to a page. I’ve included several dog faces that the children can color.

Many Faces Card. Color, print onto card stock, and cut on center line.
Many Faces Card. Color, print onto card stock, and cut on center line.

Cute Dog Card

Here is another version of a New Year's card with a dog face.

Cute Dog Card.  Color, print onto card stock, and cut on center line.
Cute Dog Card. Color, print onto card stock, and cut on center line.

Cards with Dog Faces to Cut, Assemble and Paste

The next few cards have a blank spot in the center. You can use the accompanying templates to color, cut, and assemble to fill that blank spot. You can print out the blank template on red (red is a lucky color for the Chinese), and assemble the dog face, then glue it in the center.

Refer to the picture of each sample card to see how these cards are put together.


Blank Greeting Card Template

Here is a blank template you can print on red card stock for the next few projects.

This template will also serve for another style of card. You can print it out on white card stock, then let the children draw their own dog in the space in the middle.

Blank greeting card. Children can draw their own dog in the space in the middle.
Blank greeting card. Children can draw their own dog in the space in the middle.

Sample Happy Dog Card

Sample Happy Dog Card.  The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Sample Happy Dog Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Happy Dog Pattern.  Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.
Happy Dog Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.

Dog with Folded Ears

Sample Dog With Folded Ears Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Sample Dog With Folded Ears Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Printable pattern for Dog With Folded Ears.  Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.
Printable pattern for Dog With Folded Ears. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.

Sample Oval Dog Card

Sample Oval Dog Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Sample Oval Dog Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Oval Dog Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.
Oval Dog Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.

Sample Shar-Pei Card

Sample Shar-Pei Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Sample Shar-Pei Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Shar-Pei Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.
Shar-Pei Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.

Sample Chinese Crested Card

Sample Chinese Crested Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Sample Chinese Crested Card. The template for the card background is available above this post and the pattern for the dog's face is available below.
Chinese Crested Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.
Chinese Crested Pattern. Assemble and place in the center of your greeting card.

Full Page Cards

The rest of these cards are full-page cards, a size which is sometimes a little easier for young hands to work with. Print out the blank template onto red card stock. Then, the child can cut out the dog faces from the templates above and put them in the center of the page. I’ve also included one template here that doesn’t fit on a smaller card. It’s a full-body picture of a Chinese Crested dog.

Blank Template for Full-Page Cards

Blank Template for a Full-Page Card. Print this template on red card stock, and then use one of the patterns above to make a dog face to paste in the middle.
Blank Template for a Full-Page Card. Print this template on red card stock, and then use one of the patterns above to make a dog face to paste in the middle.
Sample Happy Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Happy Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Folded Ear Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Folded Ear Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Square Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Square Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Oval Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Oval Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Shar Pei  Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Shar Pei Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Chinese Crested  Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Chinese Crested Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Chinese Crested  Dog Full-Page Card. See template below for pattern for this dog.
Sample Chinese Crested Dog Full-Page Card. See template below for pattern for this dog.
Sample Chinese Crested  Dog Full-Page Card
Sample Chinese Crested Dog Full-Page Card

Sources

The shape dogs and hand-drawn dogs are my own designs; other artwork is under license from istock.com. You may print them for personal or classroom use. Commercial use is prohibited

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