As it turned out, hanging on to these misfit crayons paid off when the time came for this year's Valentine’s project. I got the idea for Gracie’s crayon hearts from a friend who made crayon stars last 4th of July that turned out so adorable. I basically did everything the same with the exception of using old crayons rather than new ones and a heart tin in place of one with stars. I did buy two boxes of Crayola Crayons just in case I didn’t have enough crayon pieces but I didn’t end up using them. Quick tip: I discovered that generic crayons are easier to peel; they break easier and melt better. Bonus – they’re less expensive too!
These little hearts make great Valentine’s gifts for school age kiddos or in Gracie’s case, for cousins who are still young enough to LOVE to color like she does. If you give this project a go, be sure to let us know how they turn out!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Crayons (cheap Dollar St.ore brands preferred)
- Heart muffin tin. I purchased ours at Tar.get for $8.99
- Gift bags to wrap your heart crayons in when finished
- Conventional oven
- Glitter (optional)
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees while peeling and breaking crayons into small one-inch pieces.
Step 2: Solicit the help of your kiddos to fill your muffin tin. Grace LOVED doing this! It gave us an opportunity to work on her colors while also enjoying some sensory play.
Step 3: We used more orange, yellow, white, pink and other bright colors for the heart crayons we made for Gracie’s girl cousins. We also threw some glitter in for a little extra sparkle. Glitter can be very dangerous for little ones if digested so mamas and papas, you’re in charge of the glitter portion. :)
Step 4: With the heart crayons we made for the little dudes, we used more greens and blues but also snuck a little red and pink in the mix. It is love month after all and I for one know lots of boys who like pink!
Step 5: Once each heart in your tin is full, place the tin in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes with the oven light on so that you can check on your crayons as they bake. After 20 minutes take your tin out (slowly and carefully as the crayons will be in liquid form at this point). If you still see crayon chunks, cook for an additional 5 minutes but be sure to keep an eye on the oven to avoid burning your hearts.
Step 6: Once cooked, set your tin on the counter to cool for 10 minutes before placing the tin in the freezer to further cool for an additional 10 minutes. The freezer allows your crayon hearts to pop right out of the tin once cooled.
Step 7: That’s it! Wrap your recycled crayon hearts in your Valentine’s Day gift bags and be sure to throw a little candy in there too. We added some Skittles and Jelly Beans. :)
Happy LOVE month everyone!