Thursday, February 9, 2012

Melted Heart Crayons {Tutorial} for Valentine's Day!

I have always loved the shaped crayons on the market, but just could not ever justify the high price. I have seen these heart shaped crayons before and decided to give them a whirl in preparation for Valentine's Day!

 Step 1: Preheat oven to 275 degrees. I then pulled out our box of extra, loose, broken and mismatched crayons. I remembered melting crayons before and using the "cheap" brands. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!  Use Crayola crayons for the best results.
I gave the cheap crayons to the baby to draw with:)
 Then, I remembered what a PAIN it is to peel all the wrappers off, so I enlisted Elle's help:)
We both figured there HAD to be a better way and decided to Google it:) 

We found this very helpful video that shows how to cut the labels off. 
Easy Peezy!

Step 2: Remove all the labels and break up the crayons into smaller pieces.
 Step 3: Separate the colors into bowls, however you would like. We just randomly selected:)
 Step 4: Spray your heart shaped pans with cooking spray liberally and place the broken crayon pieces into each heart.  

Step 5: Place in the preheated oven and cook 10-15 minutes until the crayons are 
all melted and gorgeous!
{Side note: We used a silicone baking pan and it is floppy, so we placed it on a round baking sheet before putting it into the oven for added support.} 
 While waiting for the crayons to cool off, the girls decorated their Valentine's Boxes for their card exchange for our upcoming Homeschool Party with over 40 other kids!
 Aren't they beautiful?! We love how well they turned out!
And, as you can see, they write really smoothly as well!'s YOUR turn! Go turn those old, broken crayons into something beautiful!

Have fun preparing for Valentine's Day! 
There are tons of other great craft ideas on Pinterest!

If you need more ideas, here is how we approached Valentine's Day 2011 in a godly fashion and here you can see all of the fun food ideas I used last year on Valentine's Day! If you want to try an awesome strawberry bread, check out our recipe here. If you want to make a really neat heart-shaped bird feeder, check out our blog post here.


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