Weekend Project: Make Heart-Shaped Crayons & Valentines

Maybe it is more fun to give than to receive. Cheryl and her 5-year-old daughter Eleanor made Valentines for her pre-K classmates that turned into both an arts and a crafts project.

Cheryl fills us in:

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We had a mess of crayons and wanted to do something fun with them and wanted to make crayon hearts. It was so easy and super fun! We followed the directions on Make & Takes. For hearts, bright colors look the best so we focused on pretty pinks, reds, oranges, yellows and greens and mixed in a few purple mixed with white. We put three crayons per baggie (baggies were 2 by 3 inches) and tied them up with ribbon. In order to make things extra simple and use what we had on hand, in lieu of creating tags since we had made cards, we just put circle labels on the front heart and viola! Pretty and simple. We can't wait to hand them out next week!

We used this heart pan and put in about two crayons per heart. When you are only using brighter colors it does take a good amount of crayons, so we did break open a few new boxes of crayons to do this. My advice is for parents to stock up on crayons at the start of the school year. We bought boxes of crayons for 25 cents each! So very affordable still if you use some new crayons.

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I am not a designer but I made a template for the cards to print out. You can download it and use it yourself. They have a "TO:" field which is great for kids to practice letters and writing names.

Thanks Cheryl and Eleanor!

(Images: Reader Cheryl)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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