Thursday, February 6, 2014

Artworks: Valentine Crayons

We've seen this little project floating around on Pinterest for years and years, but we've never thought much of it. But faced with another day home from school for "weather," mom was on the lookout for an easy holiday craft. And she remembered how much we underestimated the other Pinterest crayon favorite, melted crayon rocks, so we gave it a go. We all LOVED it. Mom liked that it made us all sit around and chat for over an hour and, well, it kept our little fingers busy for over an hour. And we thought it was super fun to unwrap the crayons, which we always want to do when just using them regularly. Plus, you know how we feel about celebrating holidays. And they really turned out very cool abstract patterns. We'll probably put them in a little bag with a tag to use as valentines, but haven't gotten that far yet.

To make the valentine crayons, you'll need:
- a box of crayons (we used a 64 box and made about 40 mini hearts. you could also save up all those random crayon bits from restaurants, parties, etc.)
- a silicone heart mold (we used an old IKEA ice cube tray, but saw similar ones on Amazon -- like these)
- baking sheet
- an oven

Unwrap the crayons and break them into small pieces. You can use a knife to cut them, but we found it super fun to snap them up into bits with our fingers and mom got to avoid the anxiety of letting us use a knife. When all your crayons are in bits, fill each heart mold up to the top. We just used random colors and they came out great. You can overfill them a bit -- we didn't and ours filled the mold up only about 3/4 full when melted.

Preheat oven to 230 degrees. Place molds on to baking sheet and then into oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let them sit for about an hour. Carefully pop out of the molds and marvel at the awesome patterns!

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