Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day from Alyssa! {Tutorial}

Today Alyssa is having her Valentine's Day party at her pre-school and she just couldn't wait to give out her Valentine's treats to everyone! All weekend she kept asking if it was Valentine's day yet!!

I always love to hear my good friend, Meredith's crafting ideas for any special occasion because she's so creative and enjoys making craft projects for her daughter's class. When i asked her what her thoughts were for Valentine's day she mentioned melting crayons into heart shapes? --WHAT? i said really? She sent me a few links and then i was off to round up all the broken crayons we had lying around and then headed out to look for heart shaped baking pans!!

The kids were really excited to help out so here's a quick tutorial on how we did it!

1.Heat the oven to 250°.

2. Crayola Crayons work the best. Peel all the paper off the crayons. (Soak in warm water if they are hard to peel) To speed up the peeling process have the kids help out! : )

3. Fill each mold with crayon pieces. (I used a regular metal baking pan and some silicon molds. I preferred the shapes in the metal baking pan over the silicone molds but the kids wanted to use both so we did)

Don't over fill like Alyssa is doing..! That's a no no.. ; )
How could i tell her to stop...look how focused she is! Doing such a great job peeling and filling! The kids had fun choosing which colors they wanted to mix up!--the boys had fun breaking the crayons and making a mess all over the counter and floor with the crayon wrappers.... ohhhhhhhh boys.. ; )

Now Alyssa can't decide where the green and orange crayons are going to go? In the empty heart mold in the corner or can she fit them on top of her huge pile? hum....only her little mind knows what she will do next... : )

She decides to put the green one in the corner and even out the rest! --She says it's ready to go in the oven! (don't worry when she's not looking mom evens them out a wee bit more..!)

4. Bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. Tip: Place a baking pan under the silicone molds as they may not be as sturdy. The baking pan will catch any drips.

5. Once they are completely cool, remove the crayon hearts from the baking pan/molds and smooth any rough edges on the bottom by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper.

6. Cut out 3-1/2" white card stock circles using your Big Shot and add your message.

Suggested messages:
You color my world
Valentine, you make my heart melt
Have a happy Valentine's Day, for "crayon" out loud!

7. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to stick each crayon heart to the 3-1/2" white card stock circle -- or use this template depending on the size of your hearts.

Thanks Meredith for the fantastic idea!! The kids and i had so much fun making these and we hope Alyssa's little friends have have fun coloring with them!

Products used for this project:

Card Stock: Whisper White (100730)

Stampin Write Markers: Basic Black (100082), Real Red (100052)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), 3-1/2" Circle Die (121811), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Crayola Crayons, Heart Shaped Baking Pan.


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Oh my gosh darling! Seriously the cutest thing I've seen for valentines day!