Heart-Shaped Crayons for Valentine’s Day

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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!)  

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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.

Here’s How:

  • 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!

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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!”

Enjoy! I made them for a second time, so it’s not too tough of a project! #MelMarImage

 

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