Works for Me Wednesday ~ Homemade Valentine

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Ok, so I know that next week is the official WFMW Valentine Edition, but I just couldn’t help myself. Hopefully I will have something Valentine related to share next week too!

Crayon Hearts 

I can’t take credit for the idea because I found it in the February issue of the Family Fun magazine. The above picture is actually the picture from the website and you can click on it to go there! I could not resist making these cute Valentines for my daughters kindergarten class. They were super easy albeit a little time consuming, but oh so much fun. I hate to say that my husband and I did these Monday night while my daughter was asleep. But, we did save some for her to make. Here it is with the step by step instructions!

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What you need: different colors of broken crayons (taking the paper off and breaking the crayons took the longest time) A tip: when removing the paper from the crayons we found it easiest to make a slit with a knife down the entire length of the crayon and just peel the whole wrapper off!, heart shaped muffin tin (found mine at Target & it is silicone so I needed a baking pan for ease of getting in & out of the oven), cooling rack. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Farenheit.

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Ok, once you have your crayons paper free and broken you will need to fill the muffin tin with the pieces. Make sure you fill them to the brim because they will be melting down.

Now that the tin is full (if you are using silicone make sure you place it on the baking sheet) you can put it in the oven to melt. This took about 20 minutes for us, but the Family Fun site suggest 10-15 minutes. You’ll just have to judge for yourselves.

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Once they are melted remove them from the oven and place on a cooling rack. This is tricky with the silicone because the crayon wants to run out, but it can be done with a little finesse! 🙂 You need to let them cool completely before trying to remove them from the tin. We put them in the refrigerator to cool and it took approximately fifteen minutes, possibly longer. I tried to get one out too soon and it cracked, but I just put them back in the refrigerator and you can hardly see the crack (we’ll be keeping that one)! Just check out how adorable they are!

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Don’t you just love those? I can’t wait to give them out! The kids (I hope) are going to love them! Who wouldn’t love a multicolored crayon in the shape of a heart? My hubby and I had fun coloring with the cracked one after they were all done!!! 😉 Works for Me!

For more great tips and ideas head on over to Rocks In My Dryer! You will be so happy you did! Thanks Shannon for hosting WFMW ~ it is just so much fun to be a part of!

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24 Responses

  1. How cute! I guess you could make each crayon heart a different color. If you had time and patience for such. The rainbow crayons look so fun, though!

  2. Hello!

    I found your site from WFMW… this is the exact idea I was going to post for the Valentines Day WFMW – how funny!! 🙂 (I get Family Fun, too, isn’t it great?!)

    Your recipe for Basil Fries sounds delicious… I just happened to buy red potatoes yesterday and am going to try these tongiht.

    Bye!
    SeaBird

  3. What a fun idea…I love Family Fun! Love the pictures too!

    Laura

  4. Great idea. My little girl is only 15-months old but i wanted to do something (from her) for her cousins. I may just do this. Thanks.

  5. Those are SO cute! Fun idea and yours turned out good.

  6. They turned out so cute! Great idea.

  7. Oh my gosh, I love this idea! I’m totally going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love, love , love the idea for the valentines.

    The devotion book I use is Daily Guidepost 2007. There is a line for each day of the month at the end of the month.

    I read other devotions too but this is one of my favorites.

    Blessings
    Lisa

  9. Oh how neat! THat is sucha great valentine for kids.

  10. These are so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. That is super cute! Thanks for sharing. I always wondered what to put in those silicon molds.
    Thanks for visiting me today!

  12. I get this magazine, but I had forgotten this idea. Thanks for the reminder! I think we will try it. Thanks for visiting my WFMW as well!

  13. I saw this in the Family Fun Magazine too … and debated whether or not to try it. You just made up my mind … these are too cute not to make!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Excellent idea! We’ll try this tomorrow! I’m so happy to see an Valentine idea that will not add pounds to my hips! Thanks for stopping to comment on my blog, as well.

  15. That is great! My son would love these!

    Mari
    Slowing Down
    Franklin Foto
    Come visit me. I’m a nice girl!!

  16. Love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

    (Another idea might be to put several of these in a plastic jar with a ribbon as a teacher gift.)

  17. Now that is neat. I am sure all of your daughter’s little friends at school will love them. Thanks for passing along the fun find!

  18. Wow! What a fun idea! They are so pretty too! You should send in your photos to family fun. :0)
    Kelli

  19. That is a great idea!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m glad you got some good ideas.

    Marcia

  20. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it so far in advance. I have a question, though. Do you always keep all your broken crayons? If so, how/where do you store them? I find I’m always throwing them out when they get too small because I hate having them lying around. But I know there are SO many good craft ideas for them.

  21. What a cute and fun idea! Great pictures too 🙂

  22. Love this idea! Like your menus too. Fun site, my first time here, it seems we have a lot in common:-)

  23. oh
    LOVE the craft.

  24. So cute! My kids never use their crayons so maybe we should do this with them.

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