Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. It will be here before we know it!! Let’s get together and make the cutest Valentine’s Day box now! Teachers and classmates will swoon over this cutie pie when your child brings it to class…and the puppy won’t even make a mess!
How to Make a Puppy Valentine Box
You will want to gather your supplies.
- Two string mops refills. (I got mine at Home Depot but you might be able to find them at the dollar store).
- One shoe box for the body ( make sure the box is white, wrapped in white paper or painted white. Hindsight we should have done that) **TIME SAVER: Target carries a plain, white shoebox with the hole cut open for Valentines for $3 in the Valentine section.**
- One smaller box for the head (tape or glue shut so that it is smooth and won’t open)
- Ribbon for the bows on the puppy’s head
- One square red felt, one square black felt
- Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
- Box cutter/blade
Let’s Make This
- Hot glue the smaller box (be sure it can’t open) at the front of the lid of the bigger shoebox with a slight over hang. This is going to be the head of your puppy.
- Cut a rectangular hole (big enough for valentines to go into) into the lid of the shoebox near the back of the head with the box cutter. You will want to cut across the body, not down. Do this after the small box is in place to be sure you don’t cover up the opening for valentines. Place the lid onto the shoebox. This is the body.
- Take one mop refill and get ready to place it on top of the hot glue. Run the hot glue down center of the “spine” of the puppy (after the valentine cut out and towards the “tail”. Place the mop refill on the hot glue. It should hang down to touch the work surface. Give your puppy a haircut so the strings just touch the surface. Set excess strings aside. (Be sure not to cover the rectangular hole we left for the valentines to go in.)
- Next, Measure from the top front of the puppy’s head to the cutout for the valentines and cut the second mop refill to fit. Run hot glue front the top front of the puppy’s head down to the cutout and place second refill on the puppy’s head.
- Trim the puppy’s hair and set any extra strings aside.
- Create a tail out of the excess you cut off of the head refill by gathering the seam together and hot gluing the ends together. Then hot glue the tail into place on the back of the puppy.
- Next, to cover the thick seams of the refills, take some of the extra strings and glue down the seams until satisfied.
- Using more of the excess strings and hot glue, fill in around the body (bottom of the box) like the photo below.
- Place lid onto body, cut strings giving puppy a haircut and glue excess pieces into any blank spaces with hot glue until satisfied.
- Using your red and black felt squares, cut circles for the eyes, a heart for the nose and a cute little tongue. Glue nose on upside down and eyes appropriately placed above it. Then glue the tongue into place.
- Cut two pieces of ribbon and tie them around some of the mop strings on the head to create “pig-tails” for your puppy. Cut another piece of ribbon wrap around the tail and tie into bow. Glue ribbons into place so they don’t come untied or fall off.
I hope you loved this little tutorial. My daughter’s class loved it and she received a prize for her box from her teacher. Your little one and their classmates will love this adorable little puppy!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!