Valentine Crayons – Tutorial & Free Printable

To say I have been waiting for this day is an understatement. Last week Parker came home from “school” with a pink sheet of his classmates for their Valentien’s Day Exchange. Ekkkkk the time of crafts, room parties, and field trips is finally here! I went straight to Pinterest and ended up deciding on heart shaped crayons. There were many pins of Pinterest but I ended up choosing Cherished Bliss for my inspiration.

We took a quick trip to Target to get some supplies. Overall, this project was very easy and relatively inexpensive, especially if you have old broken crayons laying around.

Box of 120 crayons – Target $6.99
Heart shaped silicon mold – Target $9.99 (similar here)
Treat bags – Michael’s $5 for a pack of 50 (similar here)

You will also need an X-Acto knife, old cutting board, butcher knife, cookie sheet, card stock, and a stapler.

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The most time consuming part was removing all of the paper. Ideally you would use old broken crayons you already have laying around but we don’t have many of those yet. I used the X-Actro knife to slice the crayon paper making it much easier to remove. This was an easy project to do up in Caity’s nursery while she was playing on her play mat. I decided not to do it around Parker because I didn’t want to encourage him to always take the paper off his crayons. Like it isn’t a natural instinct 😉

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Once they were all done I found an old cutting board and used our butcher knife to cut about 8 at a time.

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Once they were all chopped up I filled the molds to the top and added the little speckles left over. I did notice that there are quite a few browns in the box. You may want to leave some of those out and balance the colors so there is a few more lighter colors than darker ones.

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I suggest putting the mold on a cookie sheet in case they spill over. That is certainly a mess I would not want to clean up! The bake time will vary depending on your oven, we ended up baking ours on 120 degrees for 16 minutes. We started with 10 minutes and kept adding time until all the chunks had melted. Once they were completely cool, about 45 minutes I popped them out!

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While they were baking I used the template from Parker’s nautical second birthday favors to make Valentine themed ones. For the month of February you can download this template here! Special shout out to Miss Kate Cuttables who makes adorable digital images like the heart monsters above!

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Although I did most of the work these were coming from Parker so I had him color a little on the back of each one.

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Kids Craft: Salt Dough Ornaments

On our way to NJ for the holidays we stopped by PA to spend the weekend with close friends. We love visiting and always have a lot of fun playing with the kids and then enjoying some adult time after they go to bed. Since the kids couldn’t play outside for very long we decided to make Salt Dough Ornaments. I had never made them before but it was so much fun!

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These are easy, quick and really fun to make!

Mix 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup salt into a mixer on low. Drizzle  between 1/2 c – 1c water until the dough forms a ball. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness. Kids can use cookie cutters, Play Doh tools, hands, feet, or anything else to make fun shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet in the over on 300 degree for about 30 minutes.  Once they are cooled you can add paint, glitter, or other fun accents.

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Adults can also have fun making ornaments. I never did a hand print for Parker’s first Christmas (bad momma here) but decided doing one with both of their hands would be cute. It didn’t come out perfect but I LOVE it and can’t wait to hand it on the tree. I will use Sharpie to write the date on the front and probably their ages on the back.

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L O V E

Iv’e enjoyed finding projects that I can do with Parker. It’s never to early to start molding that creative little brain! For Christmas, our daycare provider made these adorable LOVE signs for each of the parents. It was such a wonderful surprise and absolutely made our Christmas. I often host craft play dates with my moms group and thought this would be a great project to do.

I tend to look for fun projects that are easy to do with tons of kids around, can incorporate them into the project and don’t take a lot of time.

The total for this project was about $15.00 and the paint can be used for future projects. I got all of my supplies at Michael’s and the folkArt paint was on sale for $.99. You can save a few dollars and just paint the L and E but I like the look of the different levels.

These little beauties come in handy for all sorts of projects. It makes it easier and quicker to paint wood leaving minimal mess. You can also use them over and over again which is also a perk.

I painted the boards a few hours before we did the hand and feet imprints. I wanted to make sure the paint was completely dry so there was no smudging. It’s great when you have an extra set of adult hands. I would paint their hand and feet, with a roller brush, and then one adult would hold the plaque while the other directed their hand or foot in the right place. It’s certainly not perfect but the imperfections are what make it real and beautiful.

I love how they turned out and how festive they are for Valentine’s Day. It’s a great decoration to bring out once a year to remember how tiny those little hands and feet once were. I can’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day rolls around to do it again!

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