Little Guy and Little Miss will be giving out these adorable crayon hearts for Valentine's Day:
Though it's been making the rounds on Pinterest, I first saw this idea in Family Fun a few years ago. Start by breaking up crayons. There's no need to buy new crayons for this project; I simply used all the crayon bits and pieces that my kids have broken over the past two years, as well as the crayons they get whenever we go to a restaurant. Between the crayon box, the diaper bag and the bottom of my purse, we had more than enough crayons to make 24 crayon hearts. In fact, I could probably make 24 more!
Little Guy and Little Miss had a fun time filling the molds. I broke each crayon into 3-4 pieces, and each heart-shaped cavity holds 6-8 pieces of crayon. I always like craft projects that my kids can help with; not only is it fun for the family, but it also gives them a sense of ownership and pride in the finished product.
The baking molds went into a 230F oven for 10-15 minutes. As you can see, some brand/type of crayons didn't melt well, but otherwise everything melted just fine. After the tins cooled, the crayons popped right out.
I decided to save a bit of time by using a pre-made cards for the crayons. I found this one, from The Long Thread, that prints out four to a page. Sweet!
Though it may look complicated, this Valentine's Day project is really easy to do and doesn't take a lot of time. The hardest part might have been breaking the crayons! Overall, this took less than an hour to do and it was a fun project for the kids.
And bonus: Little Guy's preschool friends will get a crayon, and not a sugary treat, for Valentine's Day. That really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Have a great weekend, everyone!