We made a version of these last year for a little Valentine's Day party, and I still get happy every time I pull out one of the extra hearts from our crayon box. They are the cutest. They're also a fabulous way to put those broken bits and stubs of crayons to good use.
Here's what you need:
- small bits of crayons, divided into color families if desired
- silicon mold of hearts or whatever shape you'd like
- cardstock paper
- hole puncher
- baker's twine or yarn
- our free printable
- optional: scrapbook paper for extra backing and washi tape for extra flair
The most tedious part of this was removing the paper from the crayons, but I just read somewhere that you can soak the crayons in a warm bowl of water and they peel right off. That knowledge would have been handy before we did it the tedious way :)
Preheat the oven to 230 degrees F. Break the crayons into pieces that will fit your molds, fill up the molds and place them on a baking sheet for stability. Bake 'em for about 15 minutes, or until the crayons are completely melted. Remove and let cool completely before popping them out of the molds. Repeat until you have enough hearts.
While those are in the oven, you can print out the valentines on white (or light-colored) cardstock paper, cut them and punch two holes for the tie. If your hole puncher is long enough, making the holes vertically down the cente of the card would secure the hearts better. Otherwise, a dab of glue will keep them in place.
Lastly, tie the hearts onto the cards and have your kiddo sign each one. I thought about cutting out a slightly larger rectangle out of some pretty scrapbook paper to glue to the back or tape with pretty washi tape, but we kept it simple. That'd make it extra sturdy though and might punch up the cute factor even more.