These melted crayon hearts are surprisingly easy and cheap and fun to make, and look lovely dressed up with glitter card and ribbons and mounted on a stick like a big lollipop. The best thing is that kids can use the crayons and each one is unique!
I made mine in the shape of hearts, but you can find moulds in so many different shapes and sizes; stars, flowers, shells, teddies, I’ve even seen dinosaurs and letters of the alphabet! The possibilities are endless and they’d all look really cute!
You can write a message on the back of each heart if you wish, to make it even more personal or special. I made them as end of year gifts for my little students, but they’re also perfect to make for Valentine’s Day or as party tokens or party favours for a child’s birthday. They look especially pretty arranged altogether in a vase!
- Silicone mould (make sure it’s heat resistant and designed for baking!)
- Card stock in a variety of bright colours
- Glitter card or foam
- Decorative ribbons and streamers
- Wooden kebab sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors and sticky tape
How to make the Melted Crayon Hearts – End of Year Gift or Party Token:
1. Break the crayons into small pieces. You can use a kitchen knife, but it’s a bit time consuming. A quicker way is to put some crayons of the same colour into a plastic freezer bag and bash them with a hammer to crush them up. You don’t need to turn them into powder, but make sure they are broken up into small enough pieces. Separate different colours into different bowls.
2. Sprinkle the bits of crayon into the mould. Get creative and play around with different colour combinations! Remember that what you put in first (i.e. what’s at the bottom of the mould) will be what you see when it’s turned out (the front of the finished crayon). Colour combinations that work well are red-orange – yellow, blue – yellow – green, blue – pink – purple, black – orange – yellow – red, but what’s most enjoyable about this craft is playing around and experimenting to see what works best. I found myself making many more hearts than I needed just because I was having so much fun experimenting and seeing how each batch turned out!
3. Once you’ve filled each well of the mould pop it in the oven. Put the oven on a fairly low heat (approx. 150 degrees) and keep a close eye on it. The crayons shouldn’t take long to melt (about 15 to 20 mins), and you don’t want them to start smoking. When you see the crayon has melted, remove the mould from the oven and use a toothpick to check the crayon has melted all the way through. If it hasn’t, lower the oven temperature a bit and put the mould back in for a couple more minutes. Leave to cool – 30 minutes should be enough – then turn them out of the mould!
4. Cut large and small hearts from coloured card stock. I’ve provided a template you can download at print directly onto A4 or letter size sheets of card, if you want to save time (see end of post for download box!)
5. Cut some circles from glitter card or foam. The circles should measure about 5-6 cm in diameter. If you want to use normal coloured card there are some circles in the template you can use to print out.
6. Stick the circle onto the large heart, and a small heart onto the circle.
7. Cut some lengths of decorative ribbon and/or streamers. Fix the ribbons and the wooden kebab stick to the back of the heart with sticky tape. If you like, you can glue another heart on the back to give a neater finish and write a message if you wish.
8. With a hot glue gun, place a blob of glue onto a crayon heart and stick it to the middle of the card.
9. And that’s it! Finished! Make as many as you need in all different colour combinations – your kids will love them!
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