DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Crayons
Jet-Set Mom is the farthest thing from Martha Stewart. The thought of me having to tackle a crafting project makes me twitch a bit because I know I would somehow end up gluing my eyeballs shut, getting glitter in my hair, and inhaling some crazy amount of spray adhesive. To me, none of that sounds like a zippity do dah time. But this year is different. Jet-Set Tot is a kinder and her whole world revolves around learning by doing. She enjoys arts & crafts so much, so it’s painfully obvious it’s time for Jet-Set Mom to step up my game.
Picasso & Mrs. B.
Last week at Jet-Set Tot’s Daisy Scout Investiture ceremony, I noticed the most beautiful artwork hanging on the wall of Mrs. B’s classroom. I was jaw-dropped. The pictures were the student’s self-portraits. They had just studied Picasso and I’ve never seen anything like it. The colors! The talent! The details! I hurried up and snapped a photo of a small section of the wall and when I got home I became obsessed! I couldn’t stop looking at this photo. I was immediately brought back to the first time I saw Steve Wynn’s Le Rêve in person 2-feet away from me. And I was truly inspired. I hurried up and put this photo up on my Facebook and Instagram where it immediately received so many likes and kind comments.
Enter: Valentine’s Day.
Jet-Set Tot already shared weeks ago that CSB (cute shy boy) in her class was going to be her Valentine (sigh), but I had 30 other fantastic kids to consider. With those Picasso self-portraits still fresh in my mind I knew I wanted to show Jet-Set Tot a few Valentine’s Day options with bright primary colors. Then I remembered those cool DIY Heart Crayons I saw on Pinterest! She loved them!
And they were EASY-PEAZY!
- Use your old broken crayons or grab two (2) boxes of 64 Crayola Crayons.
- Remove the wrappers.
- Cut the crayons into small pieces. The hippie chick in my loves the smaller shavings to give more of a tie-dye effect, whereas larger chunks will look like a more styled color-blocked appearance.
- Fill your plastic heart ice-cube trays (available at Target), with the broken crayon pieces. Fill to the top of the rims.
- Set your oven for 200-degrees and bake for 25-minutes.
- At 25-minutes peek to see how they are melting and either take them out and let them sit, or continue to bake them for 5-minute increments.
- Once completely melted remove from oven and let cool.
- Once the hearts are hard and no longer warm, flip over and carefully removed each heart one by one from the tray.
Final count: 40 Valentine’s Day Heart Crayons. And 3 casualties. R.I.P.
If you really want to get Jet-Set fancy dancy, put a dowel or a kabab skewer in the heart while baking so you can later add a ribbon!
Overall, our Valentine’s Day DIY Heart Crayons were a complete success and Jet-Set Tot loved them…I just hope Cute Shy Boy does too!
Nicole Standley a.k.a. Jet-Set Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The Trend Tribe. Contributor for CBS LA, Lucky Magazine, Burke Williams Spa & Moonfrye.com, follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.