Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Baked Crayon Hearts

Written by, Bernadyn

What do you do with broken crayons?  I've shared another post last year where we had broken crayons piling up everywhere.  If we're not constantly picking them up, they end up lying around our house, in my purse, in the car, in my kids' get the picture!  We all know their fate once crayons come out of the box!  In a previous post, I recycled broken crayons by using them to make candles.  We once again had another pile up of broken crayons and I saw this fun idea in this post on Ella and Annie Magazine's blog to bake them into crayon hearts.  We decided to give it a try and so I'm sharing that with you today in case you want to remold your broken crayons, too!

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Mold Those Crayons Back into Life!

First, start with gathering all your broken crayons.  Don't forget to check your car, pockets, shirts, under the couch, between the cracks and possibly in your dryer!  Have your kids peel off the paper if it's not already gone.  (That task alone should help keep your kids occupied for a few minutes).

Set the oven to preheat at 230 degrees.

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While it's preheating, chop up the crayons into small bits and pieces.  That needs to be an adult's job because we don't need any chopped off fingers!

You can choose colors to coordinate, make an ombre pattern or just throw them all together like we did into the silicone heart molds.  You can find the silicone heart molds at most craft stores and this time of year for Valentine's Day, most stores like Wal-Mart and Target carry them, too.

We didn't fill up each mold to the top but only about halfway.  I would recommend filling it up close to the top to make the hearts come out thicker.  Once a child gets a hold of them to actually use, they will be more durable and won't break as easily.

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Let them bake until fully melted which takes about 15-30 minutes.

Let it cool completely before trying to remove them from the molds.

When they're done, push it out from the bottom of the molds and turn them upside down to fall onto a tray or paper.

Ta-da!  Your recycled broken crayons are ready to be used once again.  These would make great children's gifts for Valentine's Day to give out to classmates, friends and little cousins.

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Recycling is Cool!

I'm a big fan of recycling and being green-friendly. Baking up these heart crayons are a great way to recycle broken crayons so you don't have to feel like you need to throw them away.  My kids rarely use broken crayons anymore so they just sit there for years on end wasting away.  

Tie the crayon hearts in a small bag and maybe give them out with a coloring book or coloring pages. They'll probably make fun party favors for kids' parties, too.

Do you have any more ideas to reuse broken crayons?

Let me know and if you enjoyed this, pin it and share!

Happy recycling!

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