Melt My Heart

WORDS: Catherine Frederick
image: Jeromy Price

Looking for a unique, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift for your child’s classmates? Upcycled crayons are just the ticket! This is one DIY so simple you can do it with your kids. Under close supervision, of course!

Method

You’ll need a heart-shaped baking mold (I found a silicone mold at Target in the $1 bin), Crayola® crayons, a baking sheet, and an oven. Preheat oven to 150°. Remove paper from crayons and break or cut in to 1/2” pieces. Add crayon pieces to the molds, filling 1/3 of the way up – 4 to 5 pieces. Place mold onto baking sheet and place in oven. Bake until crayon wax is completely melted, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely before removing hearts from mold. Once cooled, flip over mold and press to remove each heart. If your hearts stick, place mold in freezer for a bit. Place a few hearts into a clear plastic bag. Decorate the bag with a label of choice.

TIP: If using a metal mold, be sure to spray with non-stick cooking spray before baking so the crayons remove easily. Want your hearts to sparkle? Add some glitter to the bottom of the mold before adding crayon pieces.

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