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DIY Crayon Valentines

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G has been asking, almost on a weekly basis, when he’ll get to melt crayons again. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I decided it would be a nice idea to use a heart shaped mold and make DIY Crayon Valentines for the boys’ upcoming preschool parties. It was a great excuse to go through our crayon stash. It’s grown between birthdays, Christmas (I usually ask for craft supplies and somehow that always equals crayons) and dining out!

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I enlisted the boys to help me find the broken crayons and set them aside. Then I asked them to help me take the paper off. G didn’t like this activity, but L did – which was great because it got him working his fine motor skills.

We put the crayons into a zip lock bag and laid a towel over it. G took a toy hammer and started going to town hitting the bag to break the crayons up a bit more. He loved this!

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Once the crayons were broken down, we put them into the heart mold. Since it’s wintertime, we couldn’t use the sun to melt our crayons. Instead, I preheated the oven to 250 and melted them in there.

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The amount of time it takes for your crayons to melt will depend on their size, how big the mold is, and how much you filled it up. I checked ours at 10 minutes, but they weren’t fully melted until about 15. I let them cool in the mold on a cooling rack to solidify. Then I carefully popped them out. Once they were completely cooled, I put them in a bag until it was time to assemble the Valentines.

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I bought clear goodie bags from the dollar store and set off creating a little gift tag for each. I made a set and was happy with them, but when I was taking pictures I decided the font needed to be bolder. I edited the tags and used the new set for L’s Valentine’s.

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To make your own DIY Crayon Valentines, you’ll need:

Crayons
Ziploc bag
Dish Towel
Hammer
Heart Silicone Mold
Clear Goody Bags
Have a Colorful Valentine’s Day gift tags

Do you have any fun plans for Valentine’s Day?

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