Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Heart Crayons


Valentine's Day is a big day for kids over here and it's usual to send cards in for the whole pre-school class. This year I decided it would be fun to try and make something so Freja and I decided to give heart-shaped crayons a go. I bought some heart-shaped ice cube molds from the dollar section in Target and a big box of crayons. We're not big crayon people in this house so we didn't have any spare to use, but this could be a good way to use up old crayons if you happen to have some.

The first thing we did was remove all the paper and break the crayons up into small pieces. We just went for as small as we could do with our hands. We tried to fill the molds up so they were pretty full but without having any bits hanging over the edges of the shape. We went for some red, pink and purple, and some blue and green.


Next I put the molds on an old baking tray, poured a layer of water on it and stuck them in a low oven set at 200F/ 93C. I watched them closely until they had completely melted, about 10 minutes. (This pic shows them about half-way through, I waited until there were no visible lumps).

I took them out of the oven to cool and gave each one a little swirl with a bamboo skewer.


Once they were cooled we put them into these little plastic heart boxes which are also from the dollar section in Target.


4 comments:

  1. Wow Gail, what a GREAT IDEA. We made bath bombs for R's school friends at Christmas and we had to put notes in with them saying "not edible"!

    I presume the ice cube moulds don't melt??? What were yours made of? I've got some silicon heart moulds but they're huge so it wouldn't really work as you'd need half a ton of crayons!

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  2. Thanks. I *think* the moulds are silicon but not 100% sure as they were only $1 for two. That's why I put them in a water bath and had the oven really low, but there were no signs of them melting. We're not allowed to send in anything edible ever because of allergies (which I'm actually thankful for because some candy here is vile) but I will email her teacher to tell her what they are!

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  3. What a great idea!! Sure a bit of crayon won't kill them if they do try and eat them lol.

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  4. These are so adorable! :) What a great idea. I may have to save this for next year.

    Thank you also for the comment on my loopy felt flowers. I hope that your class turns out well!

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