Saturday, February 2, 2013

Heart-Shaped Crayon Valentines

For Valentine's Day this year, Zackary and I made heart shaped crayons to give to his classmates and other friends and family.  

It is really easy to do and avoids giving candy.  First we gathered all of the random crayons from around the house.  The ones out of the box and scattered in different places.  

Next we removed the paper.  At first we started just peeling it off and that took forever so I got out my exacto blade and sliced down the side of each crayon's paper.  It doesn't matter if you cut the crayon a little because it's going to be broken and melted anyway.  I cut and Zackary peeled.  

Once they were peeled, we broke each crayon into about 4 pieces and put them in a heart shaped silicone mold.  We filled them about 3/4 of the way full so that we got about a half inch wide crayon once it melted.  We mixed the colors, but you could always divide them up by color and make heart crayons a combination of different shades of the same color. 

I baked them on 250 for about 20 minutes. Cheaper quality crayons took longer to melt. I let them cool in the silicone mold for at least 20 minutes. Be careful because your heart will change shape if removed too soon. 

I printed my valentines from
The Happier Homemakers Printable Valentine Tags on cardstock and cut them all to equal sizes 3 inches by 2.5 inches. I cut out 4 x 3.5 inch pieces of valentine scrapbooking paper. 
I glued the message in the center of each piece of cut scrapbook paper.  I used a push-pin to make small holes in the upper left corner of the paper to feed the twine through.  
I wrapped the twine around the crayon and looped it around the back so that it was snug and fed the twine through the hole in the paper and tied a bow.  

Ta-Da!  Our homemade valentine is complete!  

Do you make or buy your valentines?

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