DIY Crayon Hearts
When I saw this post about melting old crayons into crayon hearts, I just had to try that for this year's Valentine's Day. I found a mini heart-shaped aluminum baking mold at the Christmas Tree store and a silicone one at Ikea, and was all set to go.
This is a fantastic craft to get the kids involved in: have them go on a hunt for old and broken crayons around the house, have them help with getting off the paper around them, and then they can help with filling the heart mold with the crayon pieces.
Here's your step-by-step guide to making crayon hearts:
You will need these supplies:
- Aluminum or silicone mold with heart shapes
- 30 or more crayons in your preferred color
- Plastic cutting board (or plastic placemat)
- Large knive
- Large bowl with water
- Glue gun with glue sticks or glue dots
Crayon Hearts Tutorial:
You'll need about 30 crayons to make 20 crayon hearts. I made enough for every one of my son's little classmates for Valentine's Day.
- Put the crayons in water and let them soak for 15 minutes.
- Then comes the most time-consuming part of this project: taking off the crayon wrappers. They don't exactly float off. I hope you don't mind messing up your nails, because you'll scrape off a lot of the wrappers with your thumb.
- Heat up the oven to 230 degrees and dry off the crayons, then cut them into little pieces on the cutting board.
- Fill the molds with crayon pieces and put them into the oven for 20 minutes. Once the pieces melt a little bit, I had to add more crayon pieces to every heart to make them big enough.
- Carefully remove the pan after the crayons have melted and let them cool down completely.
I was afraid the hearts would not come out of the tin tray, but once I turned over the tray and banged it on the table, they popped out. The hearts from the silicone form came out fine as well once I popped them out individually, but they are not as shiny as the ones from the aluminum mold. I prefer those hearts.
Now the fun part starts: get creative about packaging the hearts. I used this free template to print out Valentine's cards that the heart fit on perfectly and glued it to the center with my glue gun. If it pops off, glue it down with Elmer glue or forgo the glue gun for glue dots. Those will only work if your hearts are pretty flat on the back, which mine were not.
I wrapped the card up in a cellophane bag and added a red ribbon and a lollipop. They are all ready for Valentine's Day. Another idea would be to glue the hearts to nice gift tags and wrap those up or to use them as a tag for a larger gift.
Are you planning to purchase Valentine's this year or would you enjoy making a project like this re-using old crayons?