When I first saw fat crayon hearts on Pinterest I pinned them to my “I Love This” board. I love heart-shaped things (if you haven’t noticed yet) and these colorful, chubby hearts got my attention. I finally got around to making them just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Some of you may have broken old crayons but I had to stock up. I mentioned my shopping trip to The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in this post and I picked up a whole bunch of crayons there. I used some of the crayons in this post.
I sliced the paper wrappers and peeled them off the crayons.
Update: Most of the crayons I used were Crayola, but some were other brands. I’ve noticed that a few of the crayon hearts have places that don’t draw as well – they seem to have less pigment. I suspect it was the other crayons and I recommend sticking with Crayola or other quality crayons.
For awhile I just reveled in this wealth of crayon color.
Then I chopped them up. I tried breaking them into pieces. First with my fingers than in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. But chopping worked out better.
For my molds I used heart-shaped ice cube trays from IKEA. I sprayed them with non-stick spray. I’ve seen Joann, Michael’s and Target all mentioned as good places to look for heart-shaped silicone molds. The ones I used, as I mentioned, were not made for going in the oven, but they worked out fine for me.
Set the oven at 250 degrees. Fill the molds with the bits of crayon. I like them sorted by color family.
Set the mold on a baking sheet – I covered it with foil to guard against melted crayon.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until fully melted. Different colors seemed to melt at different rates.
This was from a different batch…it was almost done but needed another minute or two.
Once they’re done, let them cool completely before popping them out of the molds. They can be done in different shapes (mini muffin tins, for example) but the hearts are so darn cute!
If you want to give them as gifts they look great in small cellophane bags, tied with a bow.
I am giving them as Valentines so I decided to stick them on paint chips as a background. I used Zots clear adhesive dots (an old package – I think the label is different now), two on the back of each crayon heart, to stick the heart to a paint chip. If your hearts have a nice, flat bottom, you can probably do it with just one.
Here is a tip if you haven’t used adhesive dots before: press the item on to the adhesive dot, then peel it off the backing. Don’t try and peel the dot off and put it on your item. It will just get gummed up on your fingers and annoy you.
I really liked the idea of the colors in the crayon and the the color names on the paint chips. I cut the standard paint chip strips into two-color blocks. I also found some really wide paint chips and cut those into heart shapes.
I used Sharpies to write my greeting: “Wishing you a colorful Valentine’s Day!” For a few of them I wrote “Valentine – You color my life!”
I put the finished Valentines into cellophane bags.
Using more paint chips, I punched hearts for tags and stuck the tags to the to the back of each package with Valentine stickers.
Don’t you love the color names?
I signed the back of the tags since my packaging is clear and each heart tag shows through to the front of the bag. Choosing different colors for the Valentine and for the tag made each package more colorful.
A box left from Christmas was just the right size for holding the Valentines and I had fun decorating it with stickers.
I’ve accumulated quite a bit of heart-shaped embellishments over the years and what better time to use them?
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