Valentine’s Craft: Heart Crayons

Okay, so, I found a set of adorable heart-shaped pans and my gears began turning.  I envisioned melting crayon bits to make heart-shaped crayons for the boys to give out to their classmates for Valentine’s Day.  The pans have been sitting around the house for weeks now waiting for the right moment.

Today seemed like the right moment- Cousin B was staying with us because his parents had to work, B dropped by with Moose, Cutie Pie was game.  We had a full house of preschoolers ready to peel some old crayons that we’d inherited from J’s aunt.

The kids were very focused on peeling the wrappers off of the crayons.  It was so cute.

They enjoyed breaking the naked crayons into small pieces and tossing them in the bowl even better!

They took turns filling the hearts with crayon bits while the oven preheated to 250 degrees.

They went into the oven for 15 minutes.  Well, not exactly 15 minutes…  I checked on the crayons halfway through and discovered a melty, nasty mess in my oven!

It turns out that the cute heart-shaped pans that I had purchased for our craft were not silicone!!!  They were regular old plastic.  ICE CUBE TRAYS!!!  No where on the label did it say “plastic” or “silicone” or “do not put in oven”.  I just assumed they were silicone since most things are silicone these days.  Crap!

The whole house filled with a waxy, plastic-y smoke.  Luckily I had the sliding glass doors already open.  I quickly turned off the oven and flipped on the vent fan.  Ugh!  It was such a mess.

Once the oven had cooled, B was able to pry the half melted ice cube trays from the oven rack.  There were little puddles of crayon wax all over the floor of the oven.  I warmed the oven back up to remelt the wax.  It was very easy to wipe up with paper towels.  Thank goodness!

I was able to salvage 9 heart-shaped crayons from the 24 we started with.  That’s enough for Wildman’s class.  I think Wilton makes a silicone heart muffin pan.  I’m going to try to locate one so I can make some more crayons for Cutie Pie’s class.

When I attempt round two of this project and actually assemble the Valentine’s cards, I’ll post again.  Stay tuned.  You have not seen the last of the heart crayons!!!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hairyshoefairy
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 18:22:15

    I love this idea! I’ll have to give it a try at preschool some time.


  2. angela
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 19:51:23

    Too funny! We did this project a few years ago and we had the right tray…I believe I picked it up at Michaels. Good luck!


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