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{DIY} Valentine Heart Shaped Crayons

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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).

Directions:

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.

Helpful Hints:

  1. 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.
  2. This project can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, break up the process over a couple of days.
  3. 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:

Have fun creating these with your kids!

 

 

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