As the mother of an allergy kid, I always get nervous about holidays. Holidays equal sweets, and sweets equal allergens. For our family, those allergens are nuts. That is why I like to steer clear from food treats for school parties as much as possible. This is always a fun challenge for me, because I love getting my creative juices flowing to come up with something new and exciting for each event.
Last year we made love bug valentines. This year, Jackson and I decided on making homemade crayons together. He is obsessed with garbage and recycling (it’s a phase, I think), so I thought it would be fun to recycle our broken, mismatched crayons to make new ones for his friends.
How We Made homemade Crayons
To make the homemade crayons, we first peeled off the paper, and then broke the crayons into small pieces. We then organized the pieces into four different color families. We then filled this heart-shaped silicone baking mold with the crayon pieces, keeping the like colors together. Next, we set the mold on a baking sheet and put it in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. We let the crayons cool for about 10 minutes before popping them out of the mold.
I thought that the crayons were not enough on their own, so I created little coloring books to go with them (Valentine’s Day Coloring Book Printables). After cutting out the mini coloring pages, I assembled the books using washi tape. I put a couple of heart-shaped crayons and a coloring book into individual sandwich bags and tied them with a ribbon. Voila! And the award for the cutest Valentines goes to… Jackson!
Your kid can have these cute Valentines too, with my Valentine’s Day Coloring Book Printables and your own recycled crayons!