Heart Shaped Crayons Tutorial: Valentines for classmates

 


 The girls class Valentines are almost done!!
Saturday, we spent all day peeling paper off crayons then breaking them and then baking them. It was really fun for the girls and they are so happy that they made these Valentines for their classmates!




This is really very simple.

Supplies needed:
  • Silicone Heart Molds (either cupcake or candy molds will work. Silicone so that you can easily pop them out when they're cooled.)
  • Crayons
  • Eager children who are willing to peel paper off crayons
  • (optional) Little baggies and paper to beautify the finished product
Steps
  1. peel the crayons
  2. break each crayon into about 3-4 pieces and place in molds
  3. bake @ 250-275 degrees for about 10-12 minutes
  4. remove from oven and let cool until they've set
  5. when they have cooled enough, pop them out and let them cool a little more
Okay so that's not some super tutorial, but there's not much to it.

A few tips:
  • it's cool to mix some colors, but I would not do too many so you can still see the separate colors.
  • don't turn the oven up past 300. (I used some thicker crayons on a few and it took them a little longer to melt. so I just turned it up about 10 degrees. The last batch was the same thing, there were some thicker crayons in that one, so I asked my husband to turn the oven temp up again. He turned up to 325 and when he took them out, they were smoking! And then we could smell crayon for a little while afterward:) So definitely not 325 on the oven temp)
  • some of my favorites were the camouflage ones, so think of some ones that boys might like. i.e. sports team colors , John Deere, camo.
Here are my molds I used and little baggies I will use. Now all we have to do is put the crayons in the baggies, staple some cute valentine-y paper on the top and add a corny saying like, "You COLOR my world, Valentine!"



 
Easy does it. Start peeling, breaking and baking.

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37 comments:

  1. Great idea!! I always ask the kindergarten teachers for their broken/to be tossed crayons at the end of the school year. We love making crayon hearts for valentine's day!

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  2. Fantastic! This is the best Valentines I have seen so far!! I never would have thought to make anything like this. I am going to be making these with my boys this year, thanks for ahring!

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  3. Love this idea and there's still enough time to make them for my sons kindergarten class, thank you!

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  4. I love this idea for valentines day! Great job and super useful tips!
    I am going to link these up on my blog tomorrow.
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

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  5. Where did you find your heart molds? Super cute idea!

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  6. You can find the molds at Walmart or a silicone heart shaped tray at Michael's in the candy section.

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  7. This is such a great idea! We don't have kids yet, but I'm going to make these for myself!

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  8. Love these!! I have always wanted to make crayons in shapes :) Thanks so much for coming and linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!! Make sure to come by tomorrow for a giveaway!! :)

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  9. I featured you on Love Get Crafty today!

    http://www.redtedart.com/2011/02/01/love-get-crafty/

    Maggy

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  10. You did a great job on these! I am always looking for crafty ideas for boys and this is perfect ... thanks for suggesting colour combos too!

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  11. LOVE this idea.. Thanks for sharing. :) How cute would this be pacakged with a few little Valentine's day coloring pages!?

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  12. Great tutorial! Finally, a use for those bits of crayon I can't quite bring myself to toss out!

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  13. I LOVED this last year and I'll love it again this yeAR!! Thanks for the tutorial! It is being feature in my Top 10 Valentine Crafts list which will be publish Friday Jan. 27! You can find my list on friday here: http://makingofamom.com/top-10-valentine-crafts/

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  14. We've done these in the past as well... love this project, I love your idea of doing different color schemes for the hearts. We usually just make it a mix of colors. Another TIP for you.... toss the crayons with the papers on in a bowl of warm water and let them sit for a minute or 2 and the paper just falls right off the crayon. The first year I made these I wanted to scream because some of the papers dont come off easy. But year 2 I did this and it was so much easier!!!!

    Also you want to avoid putting too many dark colors together or else the crayon ends up looking almost black. I did much brighter colors and it was pretty!

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    1. Also I made a little valentine card to attach to the bag that said "You Color My World"... there were some other cute sayings that I cant think of right now of course :)

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    2. Thanks for the great tips Meri! It's always great to get more tips to help make the project even easier :)

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  15. Made these today and my girls LOVED it! (We used a silicone heart cupcake tray we had bought on the dollar rack for their play kitchen!) They will be perfect for my 5 year old's preschool class. What a great idea!! Thanks!

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    1. Yeah so fun! Glad you were able to use the idea :)

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  16. This is so great and looks like super fun! I don't have children so maybe I have to do this just by myself :)

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    1. No kids required to make these :) You could get together with some friends and make them too. They're fun either way!

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  17. How many crayons do you usually use per heart? We have loads of crayons, but may need to buy another box. Thanks -- this is a super cute idea!

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    1. It all depends on what crayons you are using. Some crayons are thicker than others. I would test one out with a few crayons and see if you like the thickness. Then you can make the rest with either more or less. Hope this helps :)

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  18. My daughter and I made these this afternoon. Thanks for the great tutorial! I linked to your blog. I'll be back soon :) Here are pictures of our fun! http://www.getsnazzy.com/2012/02/heart-crayons/ I attached a card that says "Have a wonderful COLORFUL Valentine's Day!"

    ALS- we made 10 hearts and used about 40 crayons: 3-4 crayons per cup seems to be a good number, depends how thick you want them!

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    1. Yeah for fun mommy/daughter projects. They turned out so cute! Thanks for the link back and for the tip on # of crayons. Happy crafting!

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  19. I will try this with my lil boy this coming val-day. I remember when i was little with my mom, taking crayon shavings between wax paper melting with an iron for just a few seconds. Then glued it between two heart cut out construction papers. Took awhile to do but was soo cute. U can even rite a cute note on it too. My son pre-school classmates loved it!

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  20. Loved these. My daughter is so excited to hand them out. How do you get all the wax off the silicone mold? I am having a hard time getting it all off.

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  21. Have you ever tried to do this in the microwave? If so how long?

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    1. No, we have not tried the microwave. If you do, please let us know how long it took and how they turned out. :)

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  22. I just Made these!!! They're AWESOME! I made them for my daughter's friends and daycare! They're only 1-2 year olds so I thought it was a cute idea! And another tip for getting the paper off of the crayons is to use a razor blade and take it right down the center! most of them just came right off! Thank you!

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  23. How do you get all the wax off the silicone mold? I am having a hard time getting it all off.
    schoenkl@yahoo.com

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  24. Thanks Creative Momma for this great idea. We tried these as something to throw in the return gift packs for the kids coming for my daughter's birthday party. And how well appreciated these were - to make it still better, we managed to find tiny magnets to stick at the back of these, so as to turn them into fridge magnets!!! Here are some snaps of the outcome:
    http://goanand.com/blog/?p=1095
    Thanks again!

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  25. Can we use oil pastels?

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  26. I am only 12 years old but I like the idea

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