It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time to cut things up, right? I mean, you should see the havoc wreaked by my 7-year-old with some scissors and a pile of colored paper.
So, the kids have this “art basket” which is a huge mess. Along with working pens, pencils, and crayons, it’s a repository for random junk and innumerable non-functional crayons etc. Not any more, I say! Here’s how I took care of some of that mess, and a bunch of Valentine’s cards in one fell swoop.
Step 2: fill molds with loosely chopped crayons and preheat oven to 225-275 Fahrenheit.
As you can see in this photo, the crayons from my test run stained the mold. I used flexible plastic “for water only”
molds ice cube trays bought at Ikea a few years ago. I just checked and they cost 99 cents, so I’m not too worried about ruining them. Also I can clean them, it’s just hard.
Step 3: Place molds on a cookie sheet and bake at 275 for 15 minutes. In retrospect, I should have gone for a slightly lower temperature, but this worked OK.
Step 4: Pop out of molds.
It took a bit of force to pop the first one out, but after that it went smoothly. The first of the 2 photos above shows the top side of the hearts. You can see where some crayons melted less than others. The second photo above shows the smooth side.
I taped these to cards for my preschooler’s Valentine’s Day cards. I thought they looked cute, but I’m still waiting for the kids’ reviews to come in. Also I got rid of all those crumbly crayons and created a couple dozen new, multi-colored crayons, so at least there’s that!
Note: I did 98% of the work on these, but the older kid helped peel crayons and the younger one picked which heart went to which classmate. If we hadn’t been trying to get it all done ASAP they could have done more, and I think that most kids over age 7 or 8 could handle this project on their own (with the possible exception of the oven part).