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Last year, I came across melted crayon hearts. I loved the idea of making these as a Valentine for my daughter’s class. She was in second grade at the time and considering they would all either receive plenty of candy or miscellaneous Sponge Bob valentine cards, I really wanted her to take part in the process more than just breaking apart some favorite character cards at the perforation line, straight from the box, and handing them out.
Plus, I have a bad habit of overbuying school supplies at the start of a school year.
And then of course, there is the motivation to whittle away at the supply because the twins have been known to throw a few crayons down the heating grates in the winter months.
As a result, we embarked on the creation of Melted Crayon Heart Valentines. If you’re interested in recreating this little project (if you know me, you know this is totally doable. Easy peasy. We don’t do hard around these parts) then you’ll need the following:
- Lots O’ Crayons: A plethora of broken or otherwise stashed crayons of various colors. If you’re looking for some sparkle, hunt down a pack of glittery crayons to throw in the mix.
- A mold or baking pan with heart shapes to place the broken crayon pieces.
- oven preheated to 250′ F
- Foam hearts
- Tape or glue gun
- Pencils (optional)
1. After peeling your broken or otherwise insane bulk supply of stashed crayola crayons – disperse broken pieces into each heart shape in your pan. We chose to make our hearts a variety of colors, but we were mindful of which colors we combined to ensure we ended up with a nice blend. Keep the color wheel and blending knowledge in mind so you don’t end up with brown. For some hearts, we did half of a heart in one color and another in a different color and they seemed to mold that way. Depending on how thick you want the crayon hearts, that’s how full you want to fill each heart mold. We filled ours to about half way, and it made nice size crayon. If you choose to fill it all the way up, consider having a pan underneath for dripping.
2. Heat in the preheated oven until you see that the crayons have become completely liquid. 10-15 minutes does the trick.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely so they will solidify.
4. You can remove the crayons from the pan once it is completely cool either by turning the pan over or by using a small tool to lift them out. We found that many simply fell out of the pan once they were completely cool and we turned the pan over. For those that did not, we used a butter knife or small spreader to lift the edges up and remove the crayon.
5. Flip the crayon over to reveal the smooth, molded side. Adhere your heart, rough edge down, to your foam heart with tape or hot glue. Both will work.
6. Attach your themed pencil (Hearts for Valentine’s Day, character themed for a party favor), to the foam heart and personalize each one for your guests .
This project was super easy, it saved me from tossing broken crayons while using up my extra supply due to my overindulgence of back-to-school sales. It was a win-win. What I also loved is it was something fun that my daughter and I did together in one evening. It wasn’t hard, stressful or expensive. Finally, it’s a useful gift for all over her “valentines” which I much prefer over junky candy and cheesy toys.
That’s right, Bah Humbug on the Valentine’s junk and enter in something useful – a crayon and pencil for their desk. Done.
Now, this year….we may just break apart Sponge Bob Valentine’s at the perforation and send them in.
Just kidding, I loathe Sponge Bob.
What are your plans for your child’s Valentine exchange this year?