Valentine’s Day is almost here! How about making some heart-shaped crayons for a fun Valentine’s project? Old broken crayon bits or even a brand new set of crayons will both work for this fun craft. You’ll need a mold to put the crayons in and it must be oven proof. I found this silicone heart shaped mold at Walmart for less than $2 and it worked great! This project can be done using a muffin pan but the silicone type is great for getting the new crayons out as the silicone is flexible.
Place your mold or muffin tin on a cookie sheet covered with a piece of foil or parchment paper.
Start by removing all the paper from your crayons or crayon pieces. If the children doing this project are fairly young, you might want to remove the paper before getting them involved as it can be a bit tedious getting it all off. Break the crayons into small pieces. Depending on the size of your mold, you might find it helpful to use a sharp knife to cut the crayons into very small pieces.
Fill your mold sections with the small pieces of crayons. You can keep them as one color or mix and match as you please. The crayon pieces will melt so its good to let some pieces of the crayons stick up just a bit higher than the top of the mold section. They will settle down in as they melt together.
Set your oven on a low temperature setting. I used 170 degrees F because that is as low as my oven will go. Place the cookie sheet with the mold on it into the oven and leave it there for 20-25 minutes. Each oven is a little different so keep a close eye on how the crayons are doing and adjust the time accordingly. The outside heart sections melted quicker than the middle ones did.
After all the crayon pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let the mold cool. The shapes will set up and harden as the melted crayons cool. Once everything is cool to the touch, remove the newly shaped crayons from the mold.
I love how these turned out! Its a great project for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year! 🙂
I found some interesting crayons the other day when I was supposed to be buying groceries. (Somehow the craft aisles are more appealing to me than picking out broccoli or bananas.) I came across a box of Metallic crayons and one of Neon crayons…yep, I bought them.
The Metallic crayons have some really neat colors plus they are sparkly! Just look at how cool they are even in the box!
You just HAVE to take them out and find something to color right away!
Surely a picture of a tractor needs colored with Metallic crayons. 🙂
Its hard to see the sparkles in the picture. I used 4 colors and they have the coolest sounding names! Like deep space sparkle, magnetic magenta, gold medal, sonic silver…and 20 others!
And then there is the box of the Neon crayons…oh, wow!
They just BEG to come out of the box!
A few of these also have sparkles in them. The farmer was colored with the Neon crayons.
The crayons themselves are really brightly colored but when using them on the picture, they seem to only show up in a lighter color. But still really fun! Of course, they have really fun color names too, like wild watermelon, laser lemon, glitter screamin’ green, pearl atomic tangerine and more!
So if your kids need a little less screen time, why not grab a different kind of crayons for them to try out. I’m guessing they will think they are pretty cool, just like this big kid does. 😉
Well, today is the day we’re going to talk about using them! Coloring with crayons wears them down and you need to sharpen them to make those lines go where you want them to, right? Just like you sharpen a pencil. So that’s what I’m talking about when I say crayon shavings. When I was little, my mom saved our crayon shavings until we had enough for this project. It was something that didn’t happen often so it was especially exciting when it did! A note on saving crayon shavings…you can save each color into a separate container or put all the colors together in one. It depends on how you’d like to use them. My mom saved them all mixed together but I bought a small box of crayons and a pencil sharpener just for this project demonstration and so I saved each color separately. Here’s what you’ll need: crayons or crayon shavings, wax paper and an iron and ironing board…construction paper is optional. If you have crayons or pieces of crayons, you will need a pencil/crayon sharpener too.
If your crayons are already made into shavings, you’re ready to start! If you have crayons, the first thing you’ll need to do is use the pencil/crayon sharpener to make them into shavings. Remove the paper wrapper first. You’ll need something to hold the shavings. Very small containers with lids would be best, but I didn’t have any of those on hand so I put my shavings into Ziploc sandwich bags with the zipper seal. Static electricity is a bit of a problem when using those, but its really not a big deal. Tear off a medium sized piece of wax paper and lay it on the ironing board. If all the colors of the shavings are mixed together, let your child pinch some between their fingers and sprinkle them around on the piece of wax paper. A little bit goes a long ways!
Once their design is complete, tear off another piece of wax paper approximately the same size as the first one. Carefully lay it over top of the first one, being careful not to move the shavings and mess up the design. 😉 So just to clarify, the crayon shavings are BETWEEN the two pieces of wax paper. Turn your iron on to a very low setting, with NO steam. PLEASE only parents or older children do this part so no one gets burnt!! Carefully and quickly press the iron onto the top piece of wax paper and lift it off quickly. The crayon shavings will melt and make a beautiful design!
You can leave it as is, or cut it into a square or circle or whatever shape you want. I used a dinner plate and laid it on top, upside down, and traced around the edge and then cut it out.
If you have a hole punch, you can punch a hole in the top edge of the wax paper and use a piece of yarn or string to hang it up. (My hole punch seems to have gone AWOL.)
If your crayon shavings are separated by color, you can do more elaborate designs. Older kids might enjoy this more. Here’s my attempt at a flower. (I think I might have used too many shavings.)
Another way to keep these and to hang them up is to cut 1 inch strips of construction paper.
Cut your picture down to the size desired.
Using double sided tape (sticky on both sides) add paper strips around the edges to make a frame. Again, putting a hole in the top side and adding a piece of string will make it easy to hang up. I didn’t try using glue but I doubt it will work very well with the wax paper.
Something that makes these creations look extra special is hanging them where the sun can shine through, like on a sunny window. They look like they are stained-glass! 🙂
I’ll share one more picture that I made…just couldn’t resist! (Though now I promise to save the rest of my crayon shavings for the next little people that come to visit us!)
Yep, a rainbow! There’s all the shavings lined up…aaaaaand PRESTO!
This time I added a frame in a little different order. Before cutting the wax paper down to size, I added the construction paper strips to frame the rainbow.
And then I trimmed away the excess wax paper.
Once the pictures are complete, be sure to hang them in a sunny window where everyone can enjoy their crayon shavings masterpieces! 😉