By: Vallery Schofield-Miller
I am not really a card giving person…I don’t like spending money on something I know is just going to get thrown out. If I am giving a gift I like to find a picture of the recipient and write a great memory on the back. I believe that this makes the gift a little more personalized and gives them something that connects us. With that being said, I recently racked my brain for Valentine’s Day ideas for my kids at school…what to give their friends?
I looked through all my old activity cards (from my days of teaching) and there it was… melted multicolored crayons. Now that I had my idea I just needed to sell Matthew and Kelsie on it. They happily agreed as long as they got to help, which was fine by me! Somebody needed to be there to peel the wrapper off all those crayons!
So I went to get boxes of crayons and a pan that had small hearts to melt the crayons in. That was the HARDEST part- the pan! I went to many stores looking for it and finally found it at the very last one- I still believe this was the last one on the face of this earth! This pan just happened to be at a party store located in Milford, New Hampshire.
Once home I let the kids go crazy peeling and breaking up the crayons. After the crayons were peeled and broken, they started picking out the 5-7 crayons needed to fill the hearts. We put them in oven, turned the light on, and sat on floor watching the wax melt into a new shape. They needed to cool for about 15 minutes after we took them out- which the kids said felt like an eternity! We popped them out of pan when completely cooled and bagged them in clear cellophane baggies. We also attached a sticker label we printed that said “YOUR FRIENDSHIP COLORS MY WORLD, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY…and their name.”
My daughter’s teacher was very impressed with them as we brought them in early to avoid the chaos of 24 student’s Valentines’ coming in on the same day. My son has decided to wait until Friday to bring in his.
If you would like to create these crayons- here are the directions. You need a metal pan with tiny shapes (whatever ones you want…they make great birthday favors!) and a box of crayons. Heat the over to 300 degrees. From there, peel the paper off the crayons and break them into small pieces. Put the pieces into sha
pes of pan and place in the oven. They take roughly 5-9 minutes to completely melt. Take out and let cool for about 15 minutes, then pop them out of the pan and enjoy!
Have fun making the world more colorful…Val