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Crayon Valentines

By Isabel Kallman

Great Last Minute Gift Idea

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it’s not too late to whip up a batch of– wait for it– crayon valentines. I’ve already received an email message from my son’s preschool Class Mom suggesting that we limit valentine candy distribution as it looks like the Valentine’s Day class party will be a sugarfest.

Moreover, I hate clutter. Can someone educate me on the law of physics dictating that the more space one has, the more junk one will accumulate to fill it? Anyway, I digress.

The only thing I like better than gifts that can disappear through consumption are gifts that can be worn down to its last thread by kids’ little busy hands. Enter, the Valentine Crayon. It’s the gift we’re giving out this year.

I used the recipe that Melissa suggested for heart shaped crayons at Family Fun.


Tip #1: I would recommend more-than-expected time to chopping crayon stubs. Unless you’re like a Top Chef, or something.

Tip #2: To keep your crayons strictly two-toned, keep the crayon shards from flying into the other individual molds.


Tip #3: Buy smaller cellophane bags to keep your crayon valentines from looking puny. It’s all about proportions.

Find more Valentine’s Day ideas here!


Published February 12, 2008. Last updated September 16, 2018.
Isabel Kallman
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  • makakona

    February 13, 2008 at 3:16 am

    where’d you get the pan? at first glance, i thought it was an ikea ice cube tray, but those aren’t heat-proof, are they?
    KILLER idea. we’ll be doing it tomorrow!

  • Isabel Kallman

    Isabel Kallman

    February 13, 2008 at 10:20 am

    This is a silicone muffin pan from William Sonoma. I picked it up last year.
    I also own a whole bunch of similar looking cool ice-cube trays from Ikea, but alas they are not heat proof. 🙁
    Have fun today.

  • Angella

    February 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Those are all sorts of awesome.
    I think it is too late to do them for tomorrow, but there are always birthdays and other holidays 🙂

  • pnuts mama

    February 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    we did the same thing! your tips are right on- wish i had read them *before* i attempted the crayons- also, i found that cr*yola has the best wax to use- no filler clear wax that just rises to the top. and yes, the process took forever!
    i was disappointed that ours came out so flat! i didn’t realize how much they would melt down to little flat hearts. oh well, there’s always next year! i printed a picture of a heart on a piece of paper for the recipient to color- i too felt like the baggies looked a bit sparse!

  • me mommy

    February 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I used the IKEA trays. I heated the crayons in a double boiler and poured the wax in, since the trays cannot go in the oven. It worked out fine although it was time consuming. I did layers of color, some like a rainbow and some just 2 colors. I too dislike clutter and this project helped us rid our house of the clutter of a million broken crayons!