February 7, 2012

Heart Crayon Valentines & a free printable

I'm finished with A's class valentines! Aren't they sweet? If you'd like to create your own, scroll to the bottom of this post to download the printable.

We've done our share of crayon molds over the years, but I think I've finally perfected my technique. That is, with the exception of removing the paper from the crayons. This time I attempted to make things easier on myself by soaking the crayons first. I saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it sounded foolproof.

Not so much.

Some did peel off in the water, but the rest needed to be scraped off with my fingernails and I was left with a gross, soggy mess. Next time I'm reverting to my tried-and-true method of child labor.

 At least chopping up the crayons is fun.

For the heart molds, I used this mold from Target's dollar spot. It's an ice cube tray, but I was willing to gamble that it wouldn't melt at 200 degrees and filled it up with crayon bits.

Sure enough it held up well, although thanks to the crayon dye residue I don't think I'll ever be able to use it for ice cubes again. I cooked the crayons at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes, keeping a careful eye on them.

When they looked like this (melted but still slightly lumpy), I turned off the oven and opened the door for a few minutes. Only when they had begun to set did I remove the cookie sheet, so as to avoid over-mixing the colors. I pressed down the larger lumps while they were still warm.

Once cool, they popped right out.

If you'd like to make your own, feel free to download the printable!


  1. I was planning on doing a "you color my world" valentine with the melted crayons, and this printable really completes the idea. thanks so much for sharing!

  2. cute! I haven't done this yet, but have been meaning to. I'll get Juliet to peel the crayons. :)

  3. I keep thinking I'll make melted down crayons and haven't yet. Thanks for the tips though...I'll have to check out the dollar spot next time I'm at Target.

  4. I love your printable. I thought you'd hit upon the solution to crayon peeling, darn. Crayola should take a hint and make some without the papers...

  5. Yay! I wanted to make these, but couldn't find a mold - so good to know the one from Target will work, even if that's all I ever use it for! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love it... we made ones very similar...I only found the heart molds at Michael's... They were pretty big....and I actually saw the Target molds...but worried they wouldn't hold up in the oven...so we went with the Michael's ones....which required a LOT of crayons. I just used a glue dot to attach to cut out hearts and stamped... You color my world! But I will be saving your printable idea...it is darling. Also... I used an exacto knife to peel the crayons and it worked pretty well!

  7. An exacto knife or small box cutter works perfect for getting them off fast!

  8. Those are so awesome!!!!! The kiddos are going to love them! I agre....Removing those pesky wrappers is so HARD! Last time we did I had crayon under my nails for weeks. :)

  9. Cut straight down the length of the Crayon and the paper peels right off

  10. We used a seam ripper from my sewing drawer! It was great!

  11. Thanks for this! My son and I made the melted crayon hearts and were searching for a cute printable to make them into Valentine's. This is perfect!

  12. Thank you for sharing this printable. My son is going to give this to his preschool class.


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