Monday, February 1, 2010

Upcycled Valentine Crayon Hearts: HeARTs full of Art

Several friends have called me to
ask if I'm making my
crayon heARTs
again this year...

and YES!

This is the time of year
when my house
smells like the Crayola Factory.

I've made these
with my girls
for the past 4 years.

It has become a family tradition.
They really are hearts full of art!

I love this craft because
it allows us to peel our broken
crayon bits,
recycle the paper wrappers
and melt down the old crayons
to make new
HeART-Felt Gifts for our
special school friends.

I use this metal heart pan every year.
This year, I finally got my act together
and used a non-stick
(peanut free)
vegetable cooking spray!

to take them
out of the pan
this year.


My mini-assistant
lining the cookie sheet
with aluminum foil
for spills.

(Don't worry, the pan was
still cool at this point!
No children were burned
in the making of this craft)

Because we always make our crayons
this time of year,
it's an easy process.

We bake them in the oven at low heat
(around 275)
for approximately 5 minutes
until they melt.

Then I put them outside on our deck
to cool off since it is in the 20's and 30's here.

They are cool in about 5 minutes,
pop right out of the cold pan
then I spray the heart pan
with more non-stick spray
put in new crayon bits
and throw the next batch in the oven.

Lather, rinse, repeat. : )

My lovely heart pan,
when we're all done.
Back in the cupboard till next year's
Valentine Caryon Heart making session.


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