When I was growing up my mother always made Valentine’s Day a HUGE occasion in our house. Her love for the holiday grew on me and it’s now one of my favorite holidays to share with my family. Just because I love this day so much, doesn’t mean I have to break the bank in celebrating it.
Being the crunchy minimalist I am, I can’t stand the thought of spending unnecessary money on a useless paper valentine, cheap plastic toy or an overload of sugar.
With a four and two year old in the house the one thing we are totally drowning in, other than chaos- is broken crayons. For the sake of this tutorial we used new.
These crayons are ALWAYS a total hit and you can find almost any shape your little guy or girl’s heart desires. I let my son pick out his favorite silicone molds to give our old crayons a new lease on life. We decided to go with the ‘not so girly, super awesome dinosaur and alphabet molds’. Each of his friends received a dinosaur and the first letter of their name all wrapped up in a cute little bag.
Here are the steps to making your own fun shaped crayon Valentines!
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
2. Soak your crayons in a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes before attempting to peel the labels off.
The labels pretty much just fall off.
3. Peel all the labels off your crayons.
4. Break the crayons in smaller pieces to fit into the molds. You can either use similar colors or mix them up to make multi-colored crayon shapes. For this we decided to use similar colors.
5. Distribute the broken crayon pieces into each mold. Fill it the whole way up, it’ll melt down.
6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until completely melted.
7. Carefully allow molds to cool, we like to put our’s in the freezer for 10 minutes.
8. Remove from molds.
Dinosaur shaped molds HERE.
BRING SMILES TO FACES!
Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. Meaning, at no additional cost to you I will make a commission if you click through and purchase a product. Please know that any time you see a link in any of my blog posts, those products are tried, trusted and loved by me personally.