Thursday, February 9, 2012


Rainbow Heart Crayons

UPDATE: It has been years since we first tried making these rainbow heart crayons, and my daughter still talks about our first "crayon experiments!" They do have a unique texture, but they are SO fun to make and color with...and they are perfect for this Valentine season!

Inspired by Melismama at The Joys of Home Education, we recycled our old crayons into beautiful, festive, valentine-y "Rainbow Heart Crayons!"  My 4-year old named them.  She loves rainbows and hearts and art, so these were triply exciting!  As an added bonus, they were simple enough for my 1-, 2-, and 3-year old kiddos to participate in!

Here's the quick how-to:

1- Prepare the molds.  Melismama used silicone hearts, but I don't have hearts.  I pinched some aluminum foil inside my round silicons, and used that.  Be careful not to tear your foil--the one I tore had wax melt on the outside of the foil.  It made pulling the new crayon out tricky.

2- Peel the paper off the broken crayons and drop 7-9 crayon bits in each mold.  Talk about recycling and melting during this process.  We recently experimented with ice and water, so this was a fun connection to make.  Many things melt!  (An unexpected side effect, though, is that lately when the 3-year old gets tired he says, "I'm melting!")

3- Put the crayons in a 250 degree oven for about 9 minutes.  Our oven tends to cook fast, so you can always cook longer or check sooner.  You want the crayons to be melted.  Ours actually turned as runny as water, so I had to be very careful as I lifted it out of the oven so the colors didn't all swim together.

4- Let them cool and remove the aluminum foil!  This is easiest when they will hold their shape, but are not completely cold.  However, even completely cold works, and then you have a fabulous new Rainbow Heart Crayon!  It took about 30 minutes to cool completely.  The kids were thrilled!

Happy Educating, Carla


Cacheymama said...

Ohh, how fun! And looks fairly simple to do. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Lori! It was quite simple!

Anonymous said...

I am just hopping over to thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop! This is so cute! I am going to pin this onto my Pinterest Board and try to make these crayons with the kids this week. I hope to see you link up again this week.

Melissa N. said...

They came out cute! thanks for the shout out and the link back! Happy VD!

Amy Maze said...

Love how you did this without using the molds! I saw someone post on this, but I don't have any heart shaped molds, and didn't happen to run across any at the stores...I didn't think to use foil! How fun!