Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Heart Crayon Tutorial
I don't know about you. But I realized I am kind of a hoarder of crayons! Yes. There I feel better that I FINALLY admitted to this! I have crayons that I have had in a plastic shoe box for eons! Like before kids! I don't know if I should be ashamed of this or boastful?! Can I just say I had some pretty cool crayons back in my day! Sparkly, shimmery! You name it! But, alas. The time had come that we needed to part with some of these (as like any other mom in the world we were accumulating even more!). It was time to bid adieu!
First thing...park your kiddos on the floor with all the old crayons. Broken crayons (or ahem...restaurant crayons!). Have them peel the paper off (we put into a bowl) and then they get the honor of breaking the crayons into as SMALL of pieces as they can get them and placing them into a separate bowl! There are easier ways of doing this. Soaking the crayons in water and then rubbing the paper off. But I have to say the memories we made and the conversations we had while we peeled each and every crayon was priceless and I am so glad we did it this way!
I had a great picture my husband took of me spraying the silicone hearts with Pam. I edited it and when I went to add it to this tutorial...it has vanished! But I am sure you can figure that part out on your own! I bought these adorable silicone cups at Michael's. They came in a pack of 12. I really could have used 2 sets for this, but at $12.99 a package one would suffice! I had the kids set them out onto a cookie sheet. When they were done I sprayed the inside of each one with Pam. Then they sat down and covered just the bottoms with broken crayons! Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.
I let my princess carry the cookie sheet to the kitchen where I placed them into the oven. I set the timer for 15 minutes. When they are done...
They will look like a puddled mess of yuck! You can stick your cookie sheet in the refrigerator to speed up this next process or you can just let your crayons sit on the stove top until they are completely cooled. You will then peel them away from the silicone cup just as you would a Reese's peanut butter cup! Some of them will have some crayons that didn't melt all the way and I actually think it adds to the homemade ambiance!
When you flip them over that is when you see the magic of the melted crayons! The kids love them and I am so happy we went with the more frilly heart silicone cups! Now to wrap these bad boys up for Valentine's gifts! Have a blessed day!