The one kid I have still living at home full time is a 17-year-old boy. All of my cute, girly ideas are completely wasted on him. He’ll smile and nod, but for the most part I feel like he’s just humoring me. However, there is one thing that he, like most teenaged boys can’t get enough of – pizza.
So, obviously, pizza was my inspiration for this Valentine project. It consists of a printable pizza box that says “I want to give you a Pizza my heart, Valentine” and a felt pizza candy pocket. Please don’t make me explain my pizza pun, like I had to do for my son.
To make the box, you’ll need this printable. I printed mine on white cardstock first, then kraft cardstock, which looks more pizza box-ish. Be sure to figure out which way you need to turn the paper to print the second side with some less expensive paper before you use the cardstock. When it’s finished, the box measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1”.
Cut around the outside of the box pattern. Cut in at each of the eight dotted red lines. Score the remaining lines by holding a ruler next to each and running down it against the paper with something dull. I used the curved end of a paper clip. Fold up at each of those lines.
Apply glue to each of the six tabs on the Pizza printed side of the box. I used those roll-on sticky glue dots.
Fold the tabs in and stick them to the inside of the box walls.
Fold the top closed. You could stop here and fill it with some candy or a cookie. But I couldn’t let this go until there was a pizza inside. A cookie made to look like a pizza would be adorable, by the way.
I made the pizza using felt, embroidery floss and a few buttons. You’ll find the shapes I used here. Cut two crusts, one sauce and one cheese. I also cut a few olive slices and green pepper bits. If you don’t have buttons the appropriate color you could also cut those from felt.
You could glue all the pieces together, but I chose to sew them down with embroidery floss. I found it was unnecessary to stitch the red because the yellow covered almost all of it.
Stitch the buttons and remaining pieces on with matching floss and simple stitches.
Stitch across the top edge – I used a blanket stitch, but a simple straight stitch near the end would work too.
When you reach the top of the heart on the right, as shown above, stack the second crust under the pizza. Continue stitching through both crusts until you reach where you started on the front.
Flip it over and finish stitching just the back crust.
Fill the heart with candy or other small trinkets.
Pop it into the box…
Close it up…
And give it to your favorite pizza-loving Valentine!