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Crayon Hearts : An Eco-Friendly Gift

crayon hearts

No need to chuck all those broken pieces of crayon that drive you nuts! Find a jar and start saving them so that you can make some pretty awesome gifts for your kid’s friends. We made our first batch of crayon hearts for Valentine’s Day after I read about them on Whipperberry. They are super easy to make and look really cool. And best of all, it’s turning trash into treasure. What a lesson to teach your children!

 

Crayon Hearts

Make your own crayon hearts

So start collecting your crayons in a jar (we used an old pickle jar).

Crayon Hearts

Use an oven safe baking mold and fill them up with the crayon pieces.

Crayon Hearts

Bake at 300 degree for 15 minutes (or until completely melted- mine took about 25 minutes). I took the pic above halfway through the baking process so you can see what begins to happen to them. Bake until they are completely liquid and be careful when removing from oven so you don’t spill them!

Let sit for a few hours until completely cool. And I mean completely. I removed one a little early and it broke…and Jackson was pretty bummed. Once cool, they pop out of the mold very easily and you are left with these adorable crayons.

Crayon Hearts

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13 Responses to Crayon Hearts : An Eco-Friendly Gift

  1. Suzanne McLaine July 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Are there any stains left on the molds afterward? I want to try this but I don’t want crayon dye permanently staining my good Silicone molds.

  2. Family Sponge July 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Suzanne— great question. It didn’t stain the molds, but there is white power on the molds. I think that has more to do with the fact I got them in the $1 bin at Target, so the quality isn’t that great. But definitely no stains from the crayons.

  3. Lori Martinez July 29, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    OMG!!! My son and I do this every week (or at least it seems that way; lol). We even use the same trays, and I have some for each holiday as well!!
    Being it was my sons first school year (Pre-K), I made these for his classmates each holiday, along with other goodies!! I try to use the colors that match the holiday even though it doesn’t always work out that way!! He received a crayon maker last Christmas, but after a few uses of it we went back to making them this way!! It’s very intertaining for the kids, they my child loves making different shaped crayons and I love that our kids in this generation can still enjoy some simple things!!
    Your crayons came out much cuter than ours usually do. I have a tendency of melting them too long in order for the colors to blend well which I rather when coloring, but for appearances, not so much.
    I just can’t believe that I never thought to do a blog post on this activity before. I may have to post one around the next holiday; that’s if you don’t mind!!

    • Family Sponge July 30, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      That’s awesome that you already do this. I was pretty happy with the colors for mine— I was very careful to just melt them enough and then take them out of the oven carefully. If you over-melt them and they mix together, i could see some not-so-pretty colors being made. :) And of course post about this on your blog! If you remember, maybe just link back to us for ref. Thanks.

  4. Carolyn Cox August 23, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    I did this with a group of kindergarten boys and girls. We made a card that said You Color my World and gave gave it as a Mothers Day gift, It was really cute.

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  6. Sadie Plaisance January 19, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    I absolutely LOVE this craft!! My daughter and I do it every time her crayon jar is full but inn starting to think she’s baking then on purpose so we can make more lol, thanks for sharing this idea

  7. Marilyn Sieffert January 26, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Never made these so would like to try my question is this .. where can i buy the molds for these shapes..

    • Rita T. Kienholz January 27, 2014 at 5:15 am #

      I saw a glass heart in a catalog and they suggested that you give the heart to someone who had a bad day as a way of making that person feel better. When the child is better than he/she would pass it on to the next person, and so on. This idea is a great one and since there will be many, they can’t get lost or worry about the glass one breaking or the child picking up broken glass. These would make great gifts for any age. Thanks for the idea. Now I just need to find the scilone baking mats too. Have a great day! Oh one more question how many crayons do you need to fill the mold?

  8. Michelle January 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    What a great idea! I have used my children’s crayon bits & pieces for other projects too. Small pieces (can be grated if too big) placed between 2 pieces of grease proof paper and then ironed turns into lovely wrapping paper. We have also placed flowers etc between the sheets as well. They loved giving gifts wrapped in the paper they had made.

  9. lupita February 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Do you think these would fall apart if I inserted a hook on the top so that they could be hung? I love these hearts and I hope mine come out just as pretty as yours. Thank you for sharing

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