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Saturday, February 7, 2009

You Color My World Valentines: Melted Crayon Heart Valentines




The Frog Princess and I have been busy in the kitchen making valentines for her kindergarten class. We made these last year for her preschool and she wants to make it an annual tradition. We saved our broken bits of crayons, easy to do with Mini-Saurus coloring in the house these days. Peeled them all carefully, broke them into smaller pieces. Then we baked them in the oven at 250 for about 15 minutes in our Wilton mini heart pan. Once they are melted we put the hot pan out on our deck in the snow to cool. Each child will get one attached to circle of paper with a little Earth drawn by the Frog Princess.
"You Color My World With Love!"

For details on how to make this project see my post:
Recycled Crayon Heart Questions Answered!



Happy Valentine Making!
monogram

32 comments:

Amy said...

Cute hearts- I love that! So many fun colors!

Jennifer Cameron said...

What a cute idea!

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

I really like those. we tried melting crayons once, it was disasterous. but those hearts look very doable. thanks for sharing

Not Hannah said...

Finally--something to do with those leftover frickin' crayons. You rock.

ParentingPink said...

So cute! I'm going to have to try this with Pinkerbell - she'd love making those and now I know she'll get one too :-)

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

You are my crafting idol! How do you come up with this stuff! AWESOME!

Denyse said...

Soooo precious! I can tell you are a teacher =)

Thanks so much for stopping by on my special SITS day!

Kalisha/ Reneca said...

OMG! You just saved me! I have a whole coffee can full of broken crayon bits and I kept saving them while at the same time thinking I should just toss them, but then I would feel guilty for doing that--so I have just kept them. Now I finally know what to do with them! What a very cool idea--you always have cool ideas though. I just want to know when you are going on your house to house arts and craft tour ;-) I would like to be first please!
I hope to do that soon--after the craziness of the move dies down.
Kalisha

GreenCleaning said...

Great Valentine's Day activity! Another activity that you can participate in that will also help the environment is to send Valentine's cards to Disney and ask them to use green cleaning products! Here is a site to learn more and get involved.


http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/852/t/2096/signup.js/key=3960

Heather said...

What an adorable idea!!!

Jen said...

We did this at camp before and the kids loved seeing their creations.

Your hearts look great!

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!

Infarrantly Creative said...

I love making those. They are great for chubby little 2 1/2 year old fingers.

Amber said...

That is SOOOO cool!

EntertainingMom said...

LOVE THESE! (Love your blog too!)

Abbie said...

This is a FABULOUS idea!!! I am so adding this to my green, simple, living list of things to do with my kids...and I second the other commenter who said "finally something to do with all the crayon left-overs! Thanks for coming over to my blog...I like yours, I think I am going to stick around for a bit! Abbie

Julie Alvarez said...

I love this project!
I can't do it since I can't find those molds here. But I am pretty sure that I will find something else.

Pink & Green Mama said...

Julie, You can always do this with a regular muffin pan if you don't have the shape ones. Or you can try it with metal cookie cutters in the sun...or you can melt the wax carefully in your oven in a soup can and then pour it into candy molds, foil lined bottles/empty yogurt containers, or something similar!! Happy Crafting! : ) Fondly, MaryLea (pink and green mama)

Kate said...

I've been checking out all of your projects since I have three little ones myself. This would be perfect for my DD's K class this year too! LOVE IT!! I'm always throwing away broken crayons, but now will keep a special baggy for them. ;)

Thank you for the kind comment too! I will be back here!

Kate

m.e (Cathie) said...

I love that! such a great gift. thanks :)

pia and the world said...

I love the valentine crayon project. I've been wanting to recycle those crayons.
Thanks.

Julie Bagamary said...

What a GREAT idea. Do you spray the pan first?

Amy said...

Thank you SO MUCH for such a fantastic blog, full of great ideas! I'm never going to have to buy valentine's candy again-- my 2 1/2 year old and I made some of these this morning-- what a fun project!
Keep up the FANTASTIC work! I'll make sure to reference your blog whenever we post about it! :-)

Color Prestige said...

Hey, Its Carmen from Color Prestige.
I'm linking this during DIY takeover week. Your crayon project inspired a spin off as a favor at my daughter's fourth birthday. The post containing your link will be posted on 2/21 :)
Your idea was amazing
- Carmen.

BruinMom said...

Love this! We made these this year and tehy are super easy to make and just adorable. The kids had fun helping with peeling the crayons. Tip: If you're having a tough time getting the crayons out of the pan put the pan in the freezer for a few minutes and then they should pop right out.
Thanks for the idea! XOXO

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea! I was wanting to make some crayons like this but didn't know how long or at what temp to put them in the oven. Thanks for posting!

Laura K said...

So we just made these and I'm terrified at how I will get them out of the pan... help?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Laura -- put the pan in the freezer then they'll pop right out. It works a lot better if you spray the pan first with non-stick cooking spray!

Fondly,
MaryLea (pink and green mama)

Joanna said...

I tried making "crayon cupcakes" and put a link to your blog :-) I'm kinda new at blogging and wanted to give you credit for your great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Joanna! That's great : )

Joanna said...

If you would like to follow my blog too it's www.bananaandbubby.com Since I'm new to this I'm not really sure what the proper etiquette is for this but I figured I would put it out there. Thank you again for the inspiration!

Annie said...

Love the idea. Do you have a dedicate pan for it? I mean, once you use it for crayons, can you use it again for baking cakes?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Annie,

Yes! I have a dedicated crayon pan. It is waxy and smells like a crayola factory so I wouldn't use it for food.

Warmly,
MaryLea

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