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!
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 ziplock 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!
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.
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 fill 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.
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.
To make your own DIY Crayon Valentines, you’ll need: