Crayon Hearts

I‘m a day late getting my post up! I have a very valid reason for my tardiness. My daughter Madison (15) decided it would be “fun” to have her wisdom teeth removed with her sister Haley (18), on the same day. Last Friday at 8 am Haley had her wisdom teeth removed, followed by Madison at 9 am. After both procedures were over, it was time to get my silly girls in the car. We got Haley in the car first. As Madison got in the backseat next to Haley, they saw each other and burst out laughing. Haley then told Madison, “you look ridiculous!”. Madison then burst into tears. The harder Madison cried, the harder Haley laughed. The harder Haley laughed, the harder Madison cried! Needless to say it was an eventful ride back to the house. I was happy to get them home and have my husband help me get them in the house and on to the couch. This weekend has been all about ice packs, pain meds, gauze changes, smoothies, milkshakes and popsicles. And, yes, a double set of chipmunk cheeks!

The girls are on their way to recovery, which means I have some time to finish my post on these Crayon Hearts. WindowWEBSupplies: Iron, scissors, crayons, wax paper, kraft paper, ribbons, pencil sharpener or vegetable peeler and paper heart templates in several sizes for tracing.SuppliesStart with a 12-by-16-inch sheet of waxed paper. Fold it in half along its length; unfold. Deposit wax-crayon shavings (made with a handheld pencil sharpener or vegetable peeler) evenly but not thickly across one half of the paper. Fold the clean half of the paper over the shavings. Crimp the three open edges with a 1/2-inch fold to hold the shavings. Protect your ironing surface with kraft paper. Place the waxed paper on the kraft paper, and cover it with another sheet of kraft paper. Iron lightly on medium heat, checking after every few passes. Stop when all the shavings have melted; let cool. Next, trace and cut out hearts of various sizes. String each heart with a silk thread for hanging.

The instructions tell you to use a pencil sharpener to make shavings from the crayons. I found this to be a tedious process, so I grabbed my vegetable peeler. It goes a lot faster with the vegetable peeler! I wasn’t sure how much the shavings would spread out when melted, so I decided not to put too much on the first time.Crayon HeartsNot enough shavings, so on to attempt #2.Crayon HeartsAttempt #2 I doubled the amount of shavings this time.Crayon HeartsClose but not quite enough. On to attempt #3.2ndShavingsMeltedI noticed that the shavings were not spreading very well when melted so I decided to try something different. I put all my shavings in a small bowl.Crayon HeartsThen I pick up the shavings and crumbled them with my fingers. Here is what they looked like.3rdShavingCrushedOnce again I added more shavings hoping to get better coverage.Crayon HeartsSucess! Now I have a nice even look. I placed my white hearts on the wax paper for tracing and then cut out the hearts. I used red ribbon to hang them on the window sill.Crayon HeartsHere is a close up of how they turned out.Crayon HeartsSupplies

  • Crayons$ 0.99
  • Wax paper $ 0.99
  • Kraft paper – I used a paper bag from Trader Joe’s
  • Ribbon $1.00
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pencil sharpener or vegetable peeler
  • Paper heart templates

Total Cost: $2.98

Results

I think that these wax paper hearts are really cute. But they took a lot longer to make than I had expected.  I must have bought crayons that had the wrappers melted on. Getting the wrappers off required the use of tweezers! Being in the sun will cause the hearts to fade and they will only last one season. I would prefer to end up with a cute decoration that I can use more than once.

So I am sad to say…….

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