Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and I love filling the day with little sweet surprises for my kids and husband! I also enjoy making fun treats for my kid’s classroom parties. My daughter is in Junior Kindergarten this year and since four year olds love to color, I am making Heart Crayons for all of the kids in her class. My daughter and I started the project this weekend and we had so much fun creating these colorful gifts. There is usually so much candy handed out on Valentine’s Day, so I thought it would be a good idea to do something different. I have seen this idea all over Pinterest, but got a couple of good ideas from Whipperberry to make the project a little easier and add a little sparkle! I had way too many crayons in the kid’s playroom and we absolutely did not need every single one. We have probably had some of these crayons for seven years, and some are broken, with paper torn off, so I loved the idea to make Heart Crayons. Believe me, we still have plenty more to fill many coloring book pages. Not only are Heart Crayons a cute and colorful idea for your kid’s friends, but if you already have a lot of crayons lying around, it is also an inexpensive gift. Better yet, I downloaded a free Valentine’s Day printable from Amanda’s Parties To Go! Make sure you like her on Facebook before using her freebies. Take a look around her site because she has so many amazing ideas!
Supplies: crayons, glitter (optional), silicone heart mold (I got mine at Target last year for $2.50 in the dollar section. They have a set of two this year, but the molds are smaller.), exacto knife (optional), clear plastic bags (or snack size bags), free Valentine’s Day bag toppers
1. Remove paper from all the crayons (Whipperberry had a great idea to use an exacto knife and run it down each crayon. The paper comes right off.)
2. Break each crayon into small pieces
3. Sprinkle each heart mold with a little glitter (optional)
4. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
5. Fill each heart mold with broken crayons (for some sets, I put similar colors together and for other sets, I mixed all different colors together)
6. Place the silicone heart mold onto a cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes (15 minutes worked perfectly for me, but start checking at 10 minutes. You want to take them out right when the crayons have melted and are liquidy.)
7. Let them cool completely
8. Pop them out of the silicone molds
9. Place each heart crayon in a snack size/small clear bag
10. Fold a bag topper in half and attach to each clear bag with a stapler
(Left- Crayons broken into small pieces, before going into the oven, Top Right-Crayon when removed from the oven, Bottom Right-Heart Crayon cooled)
Heart Crayons are an adorable, colorful, inexpensive, easy, and fun Valentine’s Day gift for your children’s friends. Your children will enjoy helping with the project!