Crayon Hearts

10 Feb

In some ways, I’m very much like my parents.  Often, my mom and I will say the exact same thing at the same time.  For the most part it is alright, but when we’re in public it is rather embarrassing.  One person yelling, “Hey, nice hit!” sounds encouraging while two people shouting it in accidental unison sounds weird.  The similarity between dad and me is less obvious unless you happen to stumble upon it; when we think something is unnecessary, we would rather avoid it altogether than go along with the flow.  You only have to be with my dad when a waitress asks to see his ID to know that he’d rather die of thirst than show his driver’s license to prove that he’s over 21.  For me, it is the birthday party goody bags.  I can’t seem to get on board with the bags of treats and treasures that apparently everybody gives at the end of a birthday party.  I realize that admitting this pretty much makes me the parent scrooge – to you, and definitely to my children.  Each year, we go through a series of long-winded speeches to state our respective positions that would rival anything you hear on C-SPAN.  In the end, we usually land on a compromise that includes one item that we make, and a handful of candy.  After all, nothing says “thanks for coming to my party” like a bag full of sugar to take to your very own home.

Over the years we’ve made a few great items for the goody bag – mixed CD, customized temporary tattoos, and my very favorite – crayon hearts.  They were super easy to make and would be perfect for a goody bag or for Valentines.  Plus, it has the added bonus of using up all the crayons that no one wants to use once they have left their pristine, first-time-use state.

For this project, you’ll need the following:
– Silicone tray with heart shapes (any shape will do, but shapes with few pointy parts seem to work best)
– Crayon bits
– An oven, pre-heated to 200 degrees F
– Some children you can talk into doing the project with you

STEP 1:  Collect broken bits of crayons and peel off the wrappers.

STEP TWO: Break them into small pieces and place them into the tray.  We found that the best results were those that had some similar colors in the tray with one or two contrasting colors.

STEP THREE: Place the silicone tray on a baking sheet and put in the oven until they are good and melty.  We like the way they look when some of the crayon shapes are still visible on one side, smooth on the silicone side.

After they have completely cooled, pop them out of the tray.  Craft over.  Goody bag war over for one more year.

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