After seeing a FB entry from Family Fun (one of my favorite magazines and a “friend” on Facebook) on a Valentine’s Day craft, I decided to plunge in and give it a try for ourselves. Both the boys needed to provide valentines for their classes this year and I didn’t want to go super cheap—even though that’s my budget—
and get the flimsy cardboard valentines that
require no thought, creativity or personal interaction on the part of the giver. I know, I’ve resorted to them in the past out of necessity, when I just didn’t have the time or energy to do anything else. They are easy. But this year I had both time and energy and I wanted to something fun with the boys that they could be involved in. Enter the homemade crayons…
These are a fantastic and easy craft project. If your family’s like ours, with young artists in the house, we have tons of crayons of every color, in duplicate, triplicate and beyond. We have whole crayons, pieces of crayons, crayons coming out of our ears. Rather than just throwing them away or continuing to accrue them, I thought this would be a great way to recycle them and fulfill the necessity of valentines for the boys.
Once we had gone through all our crayons, I pulled out some heart shaped molds. I happened to have some heart shaped ice cube trays but they were a little smaller than what I wanted. I had hopped on
down to the Dollar Tree before starting this project and found a set of small heart shaped containers (10 in the pack for just $1.00!) and decided they were the perfect size. We just used the base of the containers since the lids were slightly domed and I didn’t want rounded crayons.
children’s names from the
boys’ classes. The boys cut out the cards (again, great for scissor practice—I kept borders on the cards so they had a line to follow when cutting out) and taped their crayon hearts to each one.
The valentines came out fantastic! I loved that they were homemade, almost completely by the boys, themselves, and they did not involve candy (something that Cainan can’t have anyway). The boys were also very proud of themselves for making the crayons and cards.