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Crayon Hearts–Not as Easy as They Looked

on February 22, 2012

As usual, a project I thought would be fun and easy peasy, was not quite so easy.  After scanning through Pinterest for a fun valentine idea for my daughter’s preschool party, I stumbled upon crayon hearts.  They looked very cool and very easy to make.  Just break up old crayons into a silicone mold and bake in a 250 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.  i even read a few posts that suggested using only two colors per heart and not using browns, blacks, or grays to get a better result.  Sounds easy right?
Crazily enough, the hardest part of the whole project was peeling the stupid crayons.  I mean, really, how hard should peeling crayons be?  There seem to be a few batches of a certain name brand crayon that had industrial strength glue on them that did not want to let go.  And, some of the crayons slipped right off.  Go figure.  Plus, the molds I bought in the bargain aisle at Target for $2.50 seem to be a bit bigger than the posts I found.  We needed 6+ crayons per heart and needed to make 24 hearts.  That is a LOT of crayons to peel.  A special shout out to those of you who helped peel (however reluctantly it was done).  My daughter helped by breaking the crayons into fourths and helping stuff them in the heart molds.  Luckily, we started this project ridiculously early (like a month before Valentine’s), as we ran out of crayons at one point and had to scrounge and beg for some to finish our last batch.  I could just not bring myself to buy brand new crayons to make these.

In the end, the hearts turned out super cute and my kidlet had so much fun.  I think her friends at school will have as much fun using them as she did making them.  The best part was seeing what they looked like once they had set.  Some of the color swirls turned out very very cool.  She had so much fun she keeps asking to make more!  Sadly (or happily) we are out of crayons again.  Maybe we’ll do it again after I have had the chance to do some thumb strengthening exercises.


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