I’m not sure how long the Valentine’s Conversation hearts candies have been out. I’ve been receiving them since I was a little girl. I never even liked the taste of them. They always ended up going to waste.
Every year the kids come home with candy for Valentine’s Day and every year I take some and dump them. Don’t get me wrong, they get candy. But we don’t need more dentist visits so I’m particular about what they keep. No chewy candy that can sit in their teeth. This year I bought tiny heart lollipops for my little one’s class.
But for my older one who is six-year-old, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do a DIY Valentine’s Day gift project with him.
One of the great things about being a home room mom is having full access to the class and seeing what goes on. My son’s teacher does a lot of arts and crafts which he likes. She had me recently go through all the broken crayons and replace with new ones. She was going to throw away the old broken crayons but I decided to take them home for a DIY recycled crayons project.
We decided to make DIY Valentine’s Conversation Starter heart crayons. It was so easy and fun that we might have to do it next year for the little one. We didn’t do it this year for him because three-year-old’s can mistake that crayons for candy and try to eat them! Yes, unfortunately I’m speaking from experience. Last year we did a LEGO themed party for him and had candy LEGO’s on the cupcakes but Crayon LEGO’s in the goody bags and they confused the two. Whoops.
The best thing about making them is breaking the crayons. My kids love breaking crayons and peeling the paper off. I’m not sure what the big deal is, but it’s fun.
This is the only time they can really do it. So, after they break the crayons they put them in small bowls to separate the colors.
Then they add it to the candy mold I got the Conversation Hearts Silicone Candy Mold By Celebrate It™ at Michael’s which is on sale right now for $1.99! This is the key. The crayon hearts will have the conversations starters engraved on them. That is what makes these crayon hearts different from the other ones we see all over Pinterest.
Heat your oven up to 350 degrees and place the mold in the oven on a tray. Set timer for 5 minutes. Keep more crayons handy because you will want to add more if you want the hearts to be big. If you add more crayons, add 5 more minutes. Also, you can add different colors and create a tie dye effect or rainbow effect. So pretty!
Let them cool for about an hour. Then pop them out of the mold.
All he had to do was write his name, and these days with all the homework they give him, it’s asking a lot!
This was such a success, I think I will do it next year with the little one! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wouldn’t you rather have your kids come home from school on Valentine’s Day with crayons or candy? You can also check out these Valentines Box Ideas for more non candy Valentines Day projects!