Valentine’s Day goodies have been amped up over the last few years. Gone are the days of punched-out paper cards. Pinterest is full of ideas for moms to flip through… and stress over! The cost of Valentine’s Day adds up when there are 20+ children in your son or daughter’s class.
Two years back I found an inexpensive idea that I made for my oldest son to take to school for his classmates. Last week, I made them again for my 2 year old to take for his friends at daycare.
Here’s What you Need:
Crayons – You will need a bunch of old crayons, which is great because we all have a container of crayons that are dull/broken and the kids don’t use anymore. (* I store ours in an old Huggies wipes container.)
Silicon Heart-Shaped Muffin Pan – Get one at the dollar store because you won’t be able to use it for anything edible afterwards. (*I bought two to make the process go quicker.)
Knife – Needed to cut the crayons. (*Watch out for kiddies’ fingers!)
Bamboo Skewer – This is optional but it’s nice to have some help when you’re peeling the wrapping off of this many crayons. (*You could use a utility knife but I had little hands helping so that option was out. The bamboo skewer was enough to do the initial rip but not risk anyone’s fingertips!)
A Few Warnings…
Do not attempt this project with a fresh manicure.
Set aside a good hour (minimum) to complete this craft.
Be aware that your helpers might not last long. My kids got bored after they broke 10 crayons and realized there were a billion more to do.
Peel crayons and chop or break them into chunks. (*I tried chopping and breaking to see if the quality of the crayon was different. NOPE! Save yourself the time and break them.)
Fill muffin molds 3/4 full. (We mixed colours but you can do a solid colour, if you prefer.)
Place muffin mold on a cookie tray. (This just makes it easier to handle when they are full of hot, runny wax later on.)
Bake at 250 degrees for 10-15mins, checking often. Once the wax has melted, they’re ready to be taken out!
Keep out of reach of children while they cool. They look very inviting to little ones but they’re extremely hot and dangerous!
The crayons flip out of the molds very easily once they’ve cooled!
Once your crayons are done, you can package them in any variety of ways (bag them with tags/stick them on a piece of card stock). You can include a little slogan with them too. Like…
– “Valentine, you colour my world!”
– “Colour your heart out!”
– “Wishing you a colourful Valentine’s Day!”
– “Have a Happy Valentine’s Day for Crayon Out Loud!”
– “You make my heart melt!”