DIY Heart-Shaped Crayons

I wish I was creative. I wish I could take credit for these. But I can't. I simply found the idea on Pinterest and carried through with the plan. Yet, I can't help but die over their cuteness! And they were so, so easy. If you're last-minute scrambling to find/make Valentine's for your kiddos (which is what I usually do!), here's an idea!

You will need:
I bought a 64-pack of Crayola Crayons and excluded all of the ugly browns--about 7 total--which made nine hearts.  If you have used crayons that are too small to color with, they would work perfectly for this!

Silicone Heart-Shaped Molds
I found mine at Target but not in the normal Valentine's section. They were on an endcap in the kitchen section, near where you'd buy Valentine's placemats, Valentine tumblers, etc.

White Cardstock + A Color Printer

Something to attach the hearts to the cardstock
I used scrapbooking 3-D glue dots, but I'm sure you could go as simple as rolled masking tape.

To Make:

1) Start by peeling off the crayon's label.  I found it easiest to slice through the label with a utility knife. After that, most of the labels peeled right off.  Some of them were more stubborn, but those were few and far between!

2) Break the crayons into small pieces and fill the heart-shaped molds with the pieces.  I broke each crayon into 4 or 5 pieces.  Fill the mold pretty full, as the crayons melt down quite a bit.

3) Bake at 250 for 10 to 15 minutes.  Mine were not done after 10, so they baked for closer to 15. Some of the wax separated from the color in the crayon, but the clear wax ended up on the back, so it was no big deal!

4) Allow the liquid to cool, then pop them out of the molds!  

5) Meanwhile, design the paper part of the Valentine.  (I used a free online program (Lucidpress) that I've been using for a couple of years now. You could also design them in Word.)  I made each Valentine 4.25 by 5.5 inches and printed four per sheet of paper.

6) Cut out the Valentines and attach the heart-shaped crayon with your glue dot or tape!

And that's it!  Super cute, super easy.  It took me maybe an hour from start to finish. And best part, it's homemade, it's DIY, and it's not candy (because I'm sure there will be plenty of that already)!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize it was so easy to make! Time to buy a silicone mold!