Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Heart Crayon Valentines

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays for one reason and one reason only...I get to help Aidan make Valentine's for all of his friends!  This year I saw this cute idea to make heart shaped crayons. 

It was such an incredibly easy project. This is what you need:
-Crayons.  I used 78 crayons and that made 18 crayons.  Buy Crayola. I hear they melt the best.
-Some sort of heart shaped silicone baking sheet. I used silicone cupcake baking cups because I wanted a bigger crayon.
-Some sort of straight razor to cut crayon paper.

-Step 1:  Use razor to cut crayons right down the side.  The paper just fell right off the crayons. 
-Step 2:  You can use a knife, but I just broke the crayons up in to pieces.

-Step 3:  Put cut up crayons in silicone baking cups. I set mine on a cookie sheet. Fill them up as much as you want. I filled mine half way. I needed to make sure they would be skinny enough to fit in the cellophane bags I bought to put them in.

-Step 4: Bake them on 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  I checked mine often because they can burn!  I never made it to 15 minutes but everyone's stove is different.  When you take them out of the oven, they will still be in liquid form.  Be very careful not to move them to much so the shape will stay. I set mine on top of the island and let them cool.  They were ready in 10 minutes!

-Step 5: Peel them out of silicone.  I laid mine out on wax paper to let Aidan check them out! He was so impressed!  Aren't they cool? I love how they look a little like heart shaped, colorful, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!  Your Done!
Total Project Cost was less than $20. 

I bought some small cellophane bags, felt heart ribbon (that I ended up not using) some confetti, heart shaped tags and I had some red crinkle paper to use to package them for Aidan to give out.  Packing the bags was the most work.  Have you seen the movie "Love Actually".  The gift wrap scene (when the actor is buying a heart shaped necklace for his mistress/co worker and Mr. Bean is the clerk) is pretty much how it went down when we were working on these. Aidan wanted to jump out of his skin.  He thought I was taking forever carefully placing XOXO confetti in to each package and placing the hearts down in the bags just right so they rested perfectly on the crinkle paper. 

The tags said "Happy Valentine's Day for Crayon Out Loud". "Hugs, Aidan Harvey".  He was so proud of them! When I picked him up from school today he said to me "Mommy, Thank You so much for helping me make my Valentine's for my friends.  Everyone really liked them."  "I love you."  Of course it took him 5 minutes to get those two sentences out in between trying to tell me everything else that happened that morning but it makes the work all that much more worth it when you know you are appreciated!  I live to make that kid happy!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! My husband spoiled me as usual. The more years that pass, I realize how lucky I am that I have a husband that literally expresses how crazy in love with me he is everyday.  Our marriage is far from perfect but 365 days a year I feel super blessed to be the wife of Adam Harvey. 

1 comment:

BequetteDESIGN said...

We have made crayon gifts before, but your packaging makes it all the more ADORABLE! :) Love!