It’s been a long time since I smelled this oh-so-familiar scent: melting crayons. It is a scent from childhood and it brought back memories: the taste and texture of graham crackers dunked in apple juice, the smell of play-doh, the distinct taste of white paste (you know you tasted it too!).
I think most of us have made wax paper and crayon creations in the past. Mine have been of the autumn leaf/crayon-shavings variety. These hearts are even more elemental than that. Layer crayon shavings between two sheets of waxed paper. Sandwich the waxed paper between sheets of parchment paper (or brown paper shopping bags) to protect the board and iron. Once they’re cool, trace and cut out hearts in a variety of sizes. Tape some bakers twine to each heart and hang it in window. That’s it!
These hearts look so pretty in a window with sunlight shining through them, or hanging in front of a mirror. I saw the beautiful originals on Pinterest and they’re from Martha Stewart. Try as I might, I just can’t achieve the same results as Martha. The ones on her site aren’t blotchy and are more evenly colored. I think I should have used more crayon shavings. To be honest, I’m also not going to sew a red silk thread on each heart to hang it up, like Martha did. Tape and string works fine for me.
Crayon Wax Paper Hearts
Hobby Knife to shave off bits of crayons
Parchment Paper - Large brown paper bags will also work
Iron & Ironing Board
Scratch Paper optional: to make heart patterns for cutting
Large Heart Shaped Punch (optional)
Set iron to medium-high heat.
Lay a large sheet of parchment paper on ironing board.
Pull out a long length of wax paper and fold it in half.
Fold back the top layer of wax paper and shave crayons onto bottom layer of wax paper. For a more Martha heart, use only one color crayon per heart or colors that are analogous (very close together on a color wheel) and use plenty of shavings. Mine all had several colors of crayon.
Fold the top layer of wax paper back over the shaved bits of crayon.
Carefully clean off any bits of crayon that have dropped onto the ironing board.
Cover wax paper and crayons with another piece of parchment paper.
Iron the layered papers, moving iron constantly. Keep ironing until all the the wax is melted and spread out.
Trace and cut out different sized hearts.
If desired, punch smaller hearts with a heart-shaped punch. It works best with the punch if you layer a piece of card stock with the waxed paper before punching.
Cut bakers twine in different lengths and tape to hearts.
Tie lengths of bakers twine with hearts to another piece of bakers twine.
Hang in a window and enjoy the sun coming through the hearts. I put mine in the window next to my dad’s recliner.
Thanks, as always, for your visit and comments.