Recycled Crayon Valentines

I am always love cute, easy and inexpensive gifts the boys can give to their little friends.  This year, my four year old is bringing these adorable heart-shaped crayon Valentines to his Preschool pals.


Cute, right?


Want to make some?  Dig out your old broken crayons, and follow these simple instructions.

Step 1 - Soak the crayons in water, and put the kids to work peeling the paper off the crayons.



Step 2 - Break up the crayons and put them in a heart-shaped muffin tin.  I found this silicon one at the dollar store.  (Don't forget to put the flimsy silicon muffin tin on a proper cookie sheet before you pop it into the oven.)


Step 3 - Melt the crayons in the oven.  (I set my oven to 300 degrees, and it took about 10 minutes for all the crayon bits to turn to liquid.) 

Step 4 - Carefully remove the tray from the oven, and let the crayons cool completely.  (I put mine outside to speed up the cooling process.)


Once you "pop" the crayons out of the tin, they are ready to give out.  I attached ours to cards (which I printed on my computer) that read, "I having a friend like YOU!", but you can package them any way you like.


Much better than a bin of broken crayons, don't you think? 

♥ 
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

23 comments:

  1. Coming over from Sun Scholars linky. I'm an east coast mom too! This is a great Valentine idea! I'm going to pin it!

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  2. I really love this idea - much better than a store bought card!

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  3. Saying Hi From Craft-O-Maniac Mondays. Love this idea its so cute I think I am going to make some for my neice and nephews bdays! Please stop by and say hi at Cards and Things By Alex http://schnookle.blogspot.com :-)
    Cheers Alex

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  4. What a cute project! Thanks! Came over from Craft-o-Maniac Mondays!
    Jillie
    http://makingsnmusings.blogspot.com/

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  6. Such a cute idea! I would love for you to share it at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    1. Thanks for the invite. Just linked up. :-)

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  7. I made these last year. Did yours turn out with layer on the top of the heart that was just wax thay would not leave marks? Maybe it was some of the crayons I used. They were a big hit

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    1. No. This is the second time I made them, and they leave marks. I used all Crayola crayons. Maybe that makes a difference.

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    2. I think it must mine were made with all different brands

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  8. Super cute!! could also be a literacy tie-in with The Kissing Hand story for back to school or Guess How Much I Love You. Ohhhh, the wheels are turning!

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    1. Love it! Those are both great books. :-)

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  9. I made these previously and my kids loved making them

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  10. I made these previously and my kids loved making them

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  11. I've melted crayons many times with my pre-school classes, but didn't think of the heart! Great for Valentines day!

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    1. We've done LEGO crayons, heart crayons, Christmas trees and gingerbread men. They were all adorable!

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  12. Do you think I could use metal cookie cutters instead as I don't have any silicon moulds?

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    1. I think it would work... but I would use non-stick cooking spray.

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  13. Just wondering if the mold can be used again after melting the crayons in them.

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    1. I buy my molds at the dollar store and use them over and over again for crayons. I bet if cleaned it really well you could use it again... especially since crayons are non-toxic... but use your best judgement.

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  14. These are really cute! Got here from 100daysofrealfood.com What is the best way to attach the crayons to the gift card? Thanks!

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