Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you have elementary aged kids….it’s time to figure out those class Valentines! (Funny story about class valentines…. A few years ago, when the boys were in preschool, I was away at Winter CHA the day they had their class Valentine exchange. In all the hoopla of getting myself ready to take a trip across the country, I completely forgot about Valentines until I was out in California at the show. So, I called my husband and told him he’d need to go to Target and pick up some Valentines for the kids to give their classmates. I gave him specific instructions where in the store he’d find them and everything. Well, the next day after they’d had their party and everything I talked to him on the phone again and asked how it all went. He said it went fine except he couldn’t believe how expensive it was to get Valentines for all those kids. I was a bit lost – I mean a box of Valentines are like $2 – until he started to explain how he had picked out all 30 of them from the Hallmark card section! Yes he did. He bought individual cards in the card section. I’ll never let him live that one down!)
Anyways… we’ve got the BOXED Valentines for the boys to give out this year, but decided that Cate would make crayon hearts to go with a little Valentine card for her classmates. I’ve seen this craft before, but finally decided to give it a try and it was really fun. Cate really enjoyed it too! Here’s what to do…
1. Find a bunch of old, broken, overly loved crayons. We had a whole bin of them at our house.
2. Peel off the crayon wrappers and break the crayons into small pieces. (This is by far the longest step. I thought the wrappers would come right off, but the Crayola brand especially were stubborn! This is best to do in front of the TV!)
3. Use a heart shaped cookie tray, heart shaped cookie cutters on a cookie sheet, or heart shaped cupcake holders….anything heart shaped that can be baked. I found this tray that has three different heart styles at Walmart. Spray it with some cooking spray and then fill with the broken, peeled crayon bits. Look how pretty!
4. Bake at 250 for 5 minutes or so. Just watch it and take it out once all the crayons are melted. It doesn’t take long and the kids enjoyed watching them melt through the oven door.
5. I took mine out of the oven and put them straight into the freezer to speed up the process, but you could let them cool on the counter too.
6. When they fully cool, they’ll pop right out and viola…..
The neat thing is, you really can color with them. I got some clear little gift bags to put them in and then we’ll attach a little note to the bag with a ribbon. Easy and fun AND we recycled a big bunch of crayons that were broken and not being used anymore. Got to love that!
I have another V-day craft to share later on hopefully….enjoy!