Can you even believe that we are already talking about Valentine’s Day? It seems like just last week me and a glass (or two) of wine were mournfully packing up the last few Christmas decorations.
Luckily for you, I have a super cute Valentine’s Day project to help take away those Christmas blues—valentine heart shaped crayons! These are perfect for a non-candy valentine for a preschool/elementary class or even just a fun project to do with the kids!
What you Need:
You can either buy new crayons or use old crayons that you may have lying around the house! As for the pan, I couldn’t find the exact one I used to link for you, but here is a similar pan (the size is relative to a standard sized muffin baking tin).
Step 1: Decide how many crayons you will actually need
- In my heart shaped muffin pan, I used 18 similar colored crayons per 3 muffin spaces or a total of 36 crayons per pan.
- The number of crayons will also depend on the pan that you will be using.
- For a class of 12 use 72 crayons
- For a class of 24 use 144 crayons
- The number of boxes will also depend on if you will be using similar colors in each heart (such as reds and pinks or blues and greens together) or mixing a variety of colors together.
Step 2: Peeling/Preheat Oven to 250 Degrees
- Immerse crayons in warm water and the labels basically peel themselves. This works well with the Crayola brand. You will be peeling lots of crayons! Let your kids help out!
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees when you are close to having the first batch of crayons mostly peeled.
Step 3: Cut or Break crayons into thirds and evenly distribute into the muffin tins
- You will want to fill each space ¾ of the way with the broken crayons.
Step 4: Place muffin tin in the oven for 12 minutes
- Make sure crayons have completely melted. Time will vary depending on oven and pan.
Step 5: Let melted crayons cool completely
- Let cool for 5 minutes and then place the tray in the freezer. This will speed up the cooling process.
Step 6: Remove from muffin tin
- Simply flip the muffin pan upside down on the counter and the crayon hearts should easily come out.
- You can tell they are ready to be removed when the edges of the crayon hearts have separated from the pan.
- To speed up the process, peel enough crayons for the first batch. While the batch is melting and cooling, work on peeling the next group of crayons to be used.
- This project can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, break up the process over a couple of days.
- Use these valentine heart shaped crayons to pass out at the classroom party. Some cute sayings:
“Valentine, you color my world”
“Happy Valentine’s Day for crayon out loud”
“Color your Heart Out!”
“You make the world more colorful.”
I placed the valentine heart shaped crayons in a treat bag with the following:
- Small valentine note pad
- Mini play-doh
- Small play dough cut-out
- Heart shaped personalized note – get a FREE printable here. Print these on cardstock and cut-out.
Have fun creating these with your kids!
I am a Virginia girl living and embracing Texas life! I am one of “those moms” that makes all the decorations for birthday parties and gatherings at our house—but in my defense, crafting is synonymous with relaxing.