Toy Story Slinky Dog Craft

Our kids are obsessed with Slinky Dog! So when Disney Pixar released Toy Story 4, we decided to make our own homemade version with this simple craft.

Some of the best activities for toddlers take beloved characters and bring them to life for play. Our Toy Story Slinky Dog is made from soft foam and a pipe cleaner, so kids can pretend they are in their own version of the popular movies.

This project would be perfect for a Toy Story birthday party or movie night. Have kids create their own version of the Toy Story claw game and see who can catch the most aliens! Then make our favorite alien slime and have a contest to see who has the best alien voice.

It’s the clawwwwww…..

Toy Story Slinky Dog craft made from foam paper and pipe cleaners, arranged in a cute pose with the slinky between his front and rear, on a bright white background
Adorable Slinky Dog made from foam and connected with a sparkly pipe cleaner.

Disney Pixar Toy Story Character

Slinky Dog, often called Slink by his friends, is a character in the Disney Pixar Toy Story films. He is a toy dachshund attached by a stretchy spring in the middle. He is best friends with Woody and talks with a Southern accent.

Slink often uses his stretchy body to help save the main Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz.

What is the name of the slinky dog in Toy Story?

Slinky Dog sometimes goes by Slink. His friends in the Disney Pixar movies like to shorten his name to this nickname, especially when they find themselves in a tricky situation.

Who is the voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story?

Jim Varney voiced Slink, the dachshund toy character with a Southern drawl, in Toy Story and Toy Story 2. He passed away in 2000, so the cartoon voice role went to Blake Clark for Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.

Where can I buy a Toy Story Slinky Dog figure?

Disney Pixar toys are available at many retailers. Here are some of our favorite Slinky Dog toys: Slinky figure that actually stretches, vintage Slinky Dog in the original packaging, and a plush Slink stuffed animal that kids can snuggle!

Person putting the back part of Slinky Dog from Toy Story onto the silver coil between his head and tail.
The last step in making our Slinky Dog toy is attaching the tail to the silver coil to connect all the pieces together.

Make Your Own Toy Story Slinky Dog

Slinky Dog Craft

Let’s start by drawing out all the shapes that we will cut from our foam paper.

Slinky’s snout and paws are tan, so draw those shapes on the tan foam. Fun fact: Slink’s front paws have four toes and his back have three.

On the brown foam, draw three circles for the front of Slink’s body, the back of his body, and his head. Make the head circle just a bit smaller than his body circles.

Slinky Dog character from Toy Story made by kids and positioned on a white background to show how he can stretch
Once all the pieces of your Slinky Dog character are attached, he can be stretched and posed in a bunch of different ways.

On the dark brown foam, draw the shape of his ears, four legs, and the tip of his springy tail.

Finally, use the black foam paper to draw a small oval for his nose. Before you cut them out make sure that all pieces are proportional to one another. As soon as you’ve finalize each part cut them all out carefully using your scissors.

Foam pieces for Slinky Dog Craft spread out and cut to create the shape of his head, feet, and rear.
Cut out the shapes of to make Slinky Dog from foam.

Now, use hot glue to assemble all the shapes that you cut out. Keep in mind that they need to be glued together in layers.

For example: Place the brown body circle on bottom, then the brown head circle on top of that, followed by the tan snout, and add the black nose last on the very top of the layers.

Toy Story Slinky Dog craft in process with head assembled.
Glue the pieces together to make Slinky Dog’s head.

Don’t forget the ears and leg placement. Use the video below for a guide.

Make sure to keep the front of his body and the back separated.

The front part of Slinky Dog’s body should consist of the front body circle, the head, snout, nose, ears, front legs, and front paws.

The back of our dog character should consist of the back body circle and the back legs and back paws.

The only piece that shouldn’t be attached yet is the dark brown tail.

hand drawing smile onto Slinky Dog snout using black permanent marker
Use a black permanent marker to draw a mouth across Slinky Dog’s snout.

The last thing we’ll do on this step is glue the two googly eyes onto Slinky’s head and draw his eye brows and mouth with a black sharpie.

Now let’s make the spring to connect the two sides of Slinky’s body. Start by taking at least three silver pipe cleaners and twisting the ends together to create one long pipe cleaner.

hands wrapping sparkly silver pipe cleaner around a cylinder to create a spiral shape
Wrap the silver pipe cleaner around a cylinder to create the spiral shape of a spring.

Next, use some kind of long cylindrical object such as a rolling pin or toilet paper roll and wrap your long pipe cleaner around it. Start on one end and work your way to the other.

When the pipe cleaner is removed, it should resemble a slinky. Do the same thing with a single pipe cleaner on a smaller object such as a pen or pencil to create the slinky for the tail.

Now, take your large slinky-shaped pipe cleaner and hot glue each end onto the two body sections of Slinky Dog. The two ends should now be connected and once the glue is dried you can stretch and squish Slink like a real slinky dog!

hands attaching a silver pipe cleaner spring to the front part of Slinky Dog's body
Glue the spring into place on the back of Slinky Dog’s head.

The last thing to do is attach the tail. Use the small slinky pipe cleaner and glue the dark brown foam tail piece to one end and the other end onto the back side of the back part of the body.

Toy Story Slinky Dog made from foam being stretched at the spring by pulling his tail and rear.
Kids can play with their new Slinky Dog toy once it’s been put together.

Now your kids have their own version of Slinky Dog to play with! When you pull the two sections of his body apart, the pipe cleaner slinky should stretch just like the real thing.

It won’t snap back into place, though, so you’ll have to show your child how to press the two ends together to compress the spring again.

Toy Story Slinky Dog Craft

Slinky Dog character from Toy Story made by kids and positioned on a white background to show how he can stretch
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Materials

  • Foam paper (tan, brown, and dark brown, and black)
  • Silver pipe cleaners
  • Large googly eyes
  • Hot glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie

Instructions

Draw the shapes of Slinky Dog's body on the pieces of foam paper.

  1. On the tan, draw the shape of Slinky's snout and his four paws. His front paws have four toes and his back have three toes.
  2. On the brown, draw three circles for the front of his body, the back of his body, and his head. Make the head circle just a bit smaller than his body circles.
  3. On the dark brown, draw the shape of his ears, four legs, and the tip of the tail.
  4. Use the black foam paper to draw a small oval for his nose


Use hot glue to assemble all the shapes that you cut out.

  1. Keep in mind that the pieces need to be glued together in layers.
  2. There should be a front section of Slinky Dog's body, and a back section of Slinky Dog's body.
  3. Glue the two googly eyes onto Slinky’s head and draw his eye brows and mouth with a black sharpie

Make the spring to connect the to two sides of Slinky’s body.

  1. Take at least three silver pipe cleaners and twist the ends together to create one long pipe cleaner.
  2. Wrap your long pipe cleaner around a cylindrical object (like a rolling pin), starting on one end and working your way to the other.
  3. Wrap a separate pipe cleaner around a smaller object, like a pencil, to create the slinky for the tail.

Assemble Your Slinky Dog Toy

  1. Use hot glue to attach each end of the long slinky to the front and back sections of Slinky Dog's body.
  2. Hot glue one end of the small slinky to the rear of the back section and attach the dark brown tip of the tail to the other end of the slinky.


One Comment

  1. This is so perfect! After Toy Story 4 we’ve been trying to do more Toy Story crafts and this slinky dog is simple and cute! Love it.

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