Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Pinterest...what was life like before this incredible gift? I'm totally addicted and if they had AA for Pinterest, I would nominate myself as the door holder for every meeting. 

I was feeling bold and "heartfelt" tonight, so I decided to do my Valentine's Day gift for my little darlings.

This is what I saw on Pinterest. I said to myself "Hey you can totally do this. It's so simple," and self said back "You got it kid. No problem." Well self was half right..half wrong.

I grabbed my crayons, knife, and cutting board and was ready to SLICE. Right after I put the camera down I had a "HELLO LADY!" moment. Uhhh, Tanya you have to take off the wrapping. OH. For some strange reason that step never crossed my mind. Its as if my prior knowledge on crayons strictly remembered seeing only "naked" crayons. So weird. After I got over my stupidity, I started peeling. WOW. Peeling wrapping off of crayons with nails = NOT A GOOD TIME. I still have crayon under my nails and this was a few hours ago. At first I tried doing it the dainty, girly way but after crayon #2 I was tearing into that thing like a lion who hadn't eaten in 7 days. (Of course this simile is not to be confused with me tearing into the crayon with my teeth but more WITH MY NAILS.)

After some time...no more than 40 minutes...this is what I had. 

I got the molds from Target. Target you are the glue that holds my life together.

There were so many questions during this endeavor....

"Should I cut the crayons into smaller pieces?"
"Should I cut the crayons into bigger pieces?"
"What colors would work the best?"
"Will I ever get the crayon out from under my nails?"
"Why do crayons have a weird texture/feeling to them?"
"I should have tried a recipe from Pinterest instead of a craft on a school night!"

The last sentence wasn't a question, but more a statement I pondered quite a few times...

I popped my little hearts into the oven at 250 degrees for 15 minutes.
13 minutes in, my oven started to produce an INTERESTING smell. 
Highlight of the night: "EW. I'm not eating whatever you have in the oven." - Mark (he missed the whole chopping crayons up bit and had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen. Oh to be a man and oblivious to life.) 

This is what they looked like when I took them out of the oven. I let them cool completely and then the popping started! 

Finished product:

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. So worth it!! I know my kiddos will love them, and thanks to this craft, I now have built-in crayons under my nails. Go me. 

Off to go work on the template which the heart will sit on and to snuggle with Penny. :) 

5 Bucket Fillers:

Miss Foote said...

I don't know what we did without Pinterest. I did this last year and the kids loved it. I also attached the crayon to a little pack of 3 coloring sheets.

Chickadee Jubilee

Ms. Rachel said...

Love them!!!

Ms. Rachel’s Room

Natalie said...

Those have been on my boards for awhile now, but like half the stuff on there, I haven't touched it since I pinned it! Ha! They turned out sooo cute, though! I am stealing the teacher wife's idea of the glowsticks with the cute note :)

Teachery Tidbits

Elisabeth said...

Pinterest is my own brand of Heroine! I love it and spend all my free time on there (and some non-free time!) The crayon hearts are cute and I'm sure you kiddos are going to love them.

Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

Miss DeCarbo said...

Ooooh your post just made me want to do these right now! I'm going to have to snag my broken crayons from school tomorrow. CUTE idea!! :) Hope you have a fabulous week!

Second Grade Sugar and Spice

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