Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Literally, just one week away. Everyone is rushing around trying to get their children's VDay cards all ready to go. This year, I wanted to do something a bit more creative than just running to the store and picking up a box of cards. I wanted to get creative this year and do something fun with my daughter for her Valentine cards that would be cheap, easy, and of course...stand out.
So we decided to make our own heart-shaped Valentine crayons for her to give out to her friends. And it was super easy and didn't take a lot of time to do. They came out really cute. So I'm going to share our easy tutorial with you all.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Grab some bright colored crayons and start to remove the paper off of them. Bright/light crayons work best. We tried using darker colors and they just mix with the lighter ones creating a muddy look. So one or two dark colors is fine. But the best is to stick to bright and lighter colors.
Break the crayons into smaller pieces so that they will fit into the mold. Be sure to stuff the mold as full as possible. The crayons sink when they melt and I found out I needed more then what I used the first time around thinking it would spill over but it didn't. So just stuff it until no more can fit into each one. Randomly set the colors in as well for a fun design.
Place the silicone mold onto a metal pan and protect it with foil in case there happen to be any leaks or spills from the melted crayon. So far, I haven't had that happen, but better to be safe than sorry.
Put the pan into the oven for about 10 minutes. Keep your eye on it. Once the crayons start to melt, you can push the bigger chunks down into it with a toothpick if needed.
Once the crayons are melted, take the pan out of the oven. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool. Once they aren't as hot, put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden. They do not have to be completely cold, but when they are cool, take them out of the freezer and start carefully popping them out of the mold.
Now that the crayons are done, it's time to place them onto your cards. I found a fun image of a crayon box and took it into Adobe Illustrator and placed the text in there. It reads "Valentine you color the world & make it bright." Then underneath, I put "I made you a crayon to start your creativity".
The crayons just attached with tape on the back and my daughter put her name and colored them for fun. Now we are ready to hand them out!
What is really fun about this project, especially for the kids, is that you never know how your crayon will turn out. They all come out so different and unique. We have been making lots of these for our cards. This was just tonight's pile. But we have been making them for two weeks now to give out. The patterns are really cool and the kids really love coloring with them because every stroke gives you a new color. They love that.