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DIY Crayon Heart Valentines

As I write this, I am almost 38 weeks pregnant and had resigned myself to store-bought Valentines this year for my daughter’s class. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with store-bought Valentines. They have some really cute ones, but DIY projects are one of my favorite things, and I just wasn’t sure if I would have the time to make them this year! I love putting a personal spin on things, and sometimes DIY can be even less expensive — but definitely a little bit more time consuming.

I had already taken my daughter to Target to pick out her Valentines and like any 3-year-old, she was overwhelmed with all of the cool options and ultimately chose Paw Patrol puzzles and princess tiaras. Her school has a policy of no food or candy, so that cut out a lot of options. 

During one of my bouts of pregnancy insomnia, I found myself scrolling Pinterest and came upon these adorable crayon hearts! I decided at about 3:30am, that I would go buy the supplies, and we would do a fun project together and that’s exactly what we did! 

Here is what you need:

 

  • Silicone Heart Mold– I purchased mine from Michaels and it was the perfect size with 24 little hearts. 
  • Box of 36 Crayons- I bought 2 boxes at the Dollar Tree just to be safe, but only ended up using one. I am making 30 Valentines.  
  • Cutting Board
  • Card Stock 
  • Printable Template – There are tons of free printables on Pinterest. I used this one. 
  • Exacto Knife or Box Cutter (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun

The blade made removing the wrappers a breeze.

Step One: The most labor intensive part of this project is removing the crayons wrappers. After breaking a few nails, I broke out a box cutter to take the wrappers off. Then I would give them to Charlotte to break in half and put into the bowl. She loved this part!

Step Two: Preheat oven to 230 degrees. 

Step Three: On your cutting board, spread out the crayons and chop into small pieces. To protect your cutting board, cover with a piece of parchment paper. 

Step Four: Divide the crayons evenly amongst the molds. They will melt down, so you don’t need to fill to the top. You can also group colors together, but ours was a free for all (and they turned out really cute and unique) 

Step Five: Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 230 degrees. We have a gas oven and the original instructions said 15 minutes, but it took longer for them to melt. Just keep an eye on them. 

Step Six: Cool and then pop out of the mold. 

Step Seven: Print your printable, cut them out and have your child write his or her name. 

Step Eight: Use a hot glue gun to glue the heart onto the card stock cutout. 

What Valentines have your children picked out this year? 

 

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