Monday, January 23, 2012

Easy Valentines

Valentine's Day is just a couple short weeks away, and as I've seen the boxes of valentines and candy hearts popping up everywhere, I figured I had better get off the old duff and get the old brain working for what The Redhead will be sharing with her friends at daycare.  
I wasn't super excited about making cookies or including candy, because gosh, kids have *just* started to come down off of the sugar/candy free-for-all that starts at Halloween and lasts through the holidays.  

I don't know about your kids, but The Redhead is a brutus when it comes to crayons.  She loves to color and draw, but we seem to have a surplus of broken crayons laying around.  She also is a bit of a princess and doesn't care to use the crayons once they're broken.  That's my girl.

So, here's a way to upcycle broken stuff, and turn it into something usable, pretty and fun that you can give to your kiddo's pals.

Take these:

(silicone baking tray from Target, $2.50 at the Dollar Spot.  Yeah, I don't get that either.  But whatev.)

Chop up your broken guys.  I used a kitchen knife and it cut 'em up like buttah.

Put the tray in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.  When they've completely cooled, just pop them out (this is when using the silicone tray becomes the greatest thing ever) and prepare for your pals! :)


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  1. Dumb question, but it's still a crayon, right? Just a really cool, heart-shaped, multi-colored one?

  2. Yep! A totally usable (and cute - thank you!:) ) crayon


  3. That's awesome. Seriously. Is this a broken crayon the Redhead will use? :)

  4. Super duper. Loved your craft! Can't believe I just threw away the stubs :( Not anymore.

  5. What a great way to use the chunks I have! You should join me for Handmade 52!

  6. WOW! Okay, I feel like this post was JUST for me as I have that same silicone heart thingy and have never used it and it didn't sell on my garage sale PLUS I find so many broken crayons everywhere I've just been tossing them all in the garbage. NOW I know what to do!! :)

  7. This is adorable. And I am now off to the dollar tree to see if they have any trays lurking in there.

  8. These are so fun and they look so easy to make. I need to try them! Would you be willing to link up to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

  9. Hi! Visiting from sundae scoop. Defiantly doing this for my daughters class! I have a bigger heart tin.. so they are going to get one giant crayon. :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party going on now :)

  10. Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to my Valentine Link Party!

  11. Emily--after being a pre-k teacher for 19 years, this is near and dear to my heart! I melted more broken crayons than I can count!
    These are adorable as valentines!

  12. Super duper. Loved your craft! Can't believe I just threw away the stubs Not anymore.