DIY Crayon Hearts are a simple way to recycle broken or unused crayons at home. This blog post is specific to Valentine’s Day and includes a free Valentine’s Day Printable card. You can use these instructions to create any shape you have a mold for.
This activity has so many opportunities for learning if you do it with your preschooler. We first sorted the crayons together, identifying first the broken crayons from the whole crayons. Second, we peeled the paper away from the crayons which allowed us for some fine motor skills and problem solving. Third, we sorted all of the crayons by color and put them together like a rainbow.
Next I broke the crayons in smaller pieces and arranged them inside a silicone muffin tin. I really like the way the crayons turned out when they were sorted and melted with like colors. For example, the warmer colors like red, orange, and yellow then the cooler colors like green, blue, and purple. Sorting warm colors from cool colors would be another great learning opportunity for your little one.
I melted the crayons for 15 minutes in a 250˚ F degree oven. When they are done, carefully remove the pan from the oven and let the crayons cool completely.
You can use these crayons to color at home. If you are looking for printable Valentine’s Day coloring sheets, you can download 12 here! You can also use these crayons as Valentine’s Day gifts and download free printable Valentine’s Day cards to secure them to.
Simply print whatever printable you would like, there are two options to choose from. Next, secure the shaped crayon to the card using tape, washi tape, or yarn. If you are running low on time, you can also affix 2-3 regular crayons to the cards to give as Valentine’s Day cards.
I hope you enjoyed this activity and free download!
DIY Crayon Hearts
- Silicone Mold
- Crayons *broken or whole*
- 10-12 Crayons **Amount will depend on how many crayons you would like to make.
- Preheat the oven to 250˚ F
- Peel all of the paper off of your crayons. You can use new crayons or used, broken crayons.
- For best results, sort all of your crayons by like color. Red, yellow, and orange work well. Blue, green, and purple are great grouped, too. This part is pure preference.
- Break the crayons in to smaller pieces and put one later of crayons in to each of the cavities. If you are using a standard baking tin, you can also line the baking tin with a cupcake liner if you wish.
- Put the crayons in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Allow the crayons to cool completely before removing from the mold.