I saw a set of these made by Martha (a.k.a WMDStamp) and had to try them myself. They were super easy to do, just peel the paper off the crayons (I used a sharp knife slid down the side to facilitate this), break into pieces, and bake in one of those silicone heart cupcake pans, which could be found at Target's Dollar spot for $2.50. I also purchased a pan of smaller hearts by Wilton with a coupon, thus explaining the 2 different sizes. I tried them for 15 minutes at 200 degrees but tey hadn't melted so I went for another 10 minutes at 225 degrees.
Also, Martha recommended not to use anything but Crayola - that a lot of the cheaper brands didn't work as well. I experimented with Rose Art, since they were half the price. She was right! See the large heart all the way on the right? With fewer brilliant colors? That one was made only using Rose art crayons - they ran together more and the entire back of the crayon is this dark purple color, whereas the ones made with Crayola crayons were multi-colored throughout.
I am going to attach these to some cards that say "Valentine - you color my world" - maybe with a globe stamped on them for the kids to color in themselves, IDK. A little cheesy perhaps, but hopefully they will think the crayons are so cool they won't notice?
Now, the only thing to do is to figure out how to clean out the wax from the silicone baking trays... advice is welcome.
Thanks to Martha for the idea and to all of you for looking at my picture. :)
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009 GMT Views: 627
Accessories: Crayola Crayons, silicone heart shaped cupcake pan
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Sun, Feb 01, 2009 @ 4:00 PM
Gosh, seeing this reminds me of a family trip we took when I was a kid. We were in a not air conditioned Volvo with a kid on either window and one in a car seat in the middle who really thought it was funny to put her hot little feet on us, all of us sweating as you can imagine. Well crayons got left in the car and for YEARS we were finding change covered in melted wax that looked like those!
Love it though!
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They are great and I'm sure the recipients will love 'em. The freezer sounds like a good idea. I had thought turn the pan upside down on a cookie sheet covered with foil and *bake it* like you did to melt the crayons and the leftovers might melt out.
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Sun, Feb 15, 2009 @ 5:31 PM
What a neat idea!! These must have been a big hit! I like that they are not only heart shaped and pretty to look at, but that when you color, you get a variety of colors with just one heart! Fantastic job!!