Friday, February 3, 2012

Melted Crayon Valentine Hearts

Hi Friends!

It’s hard to believe we are already into February. All of my kids are talking about Valentine’s Day at school so I surprised them the other day with a fun Valentine’s Day craft at home…a sneaky way for me to get more fun Valentine’s d├ęcor up in my house! This idea is far from new or original…in fact I got it from none other than Martha Stewart herself. None-the-less it’s a fun one!

Melted Crayon Valentine Hearts

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They are super easy, not too messy, and come out looking so cool! Even my doubtful 7 year old son asked to make another and another, surprising even himself!

We started with a box of older crayons

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Peeled back the paper

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And started shredding over a piece of wax paper

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We used several tools to shred the crayons: a pencil sharpener, the blade from the pencil sharpener when it broke off, cheese graters, and a butter knife.  The pencil sharpener worked the best while it lasted…but it broke so early I didn’t even snap a picture of it. It was a 50 cent plastic one, so no wonder!

At any rate, after a bit we had collected quite a lot of crayon shreds on the wax paper

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Then fold the wax paper over to lay across the top of the crayon shreds

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Place on top of a folded towel (or ironing board) and then a brown grocery bag

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Also place the brown grocery bag on top and then iron

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The first time I ironed I set the iron to 6 (out of 7) out of habit. It didn’t take long to realize that’s waaaay too high! You only need to have it set on low to melt the crayons, and it doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds.

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We used cookie cutters to trace the shapes and cut them out.

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Attached them to fishing line and hung!

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The pictures don’t really capture all their beauty when the sun shines in, but every time I stand at my kitchen sink, I can’t help but smile. I know who made each and every heart and my heart is warmed remembering how much fun we had creating these.

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So now with my impromptu Valentine’s Day Mantel

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My Valentine’s Day Banner up

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and of course, my favorite wreath

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We are ready for Valentine’s Day!  Smile!!

Hugs, Celeste

1 comment:

  1. Oh this looks awesome and sweet! =) Am new to your blog and following you on GFC. I'm hosting a Creativity 521 linky party on my blog and would love for you to share your craft posts! Be in touch!

    Cheers,
    Summer of A Happy Mum

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