Valentine’s Heart Decorations: Recycled Crayons and Wax Paper

Wax paper and crayons shaving made into hearts are a quick way to recycle crayons and decorate for Valentine’s Day!  They are so fun to create and even make unique Valentine’s cards.

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  •  Two old towels
  • Paper for making heart pattern
  • Optional: fishing line or thread and tape

Directions:

Pick out the color(s) of crayons you want to use, peel off the paper. Get the kids to help, with a pencil sharpener make crayon shavings, by turning the crayon back and forth in sharpener.  Keeping each color in a small pile, one crayon makes a lot of shavings.

Lay an old towel or cloth over iron board and have another towel or cloth ready, you want to protect your iron and iron board from the crayons.  Set your iron on medium heat (no steam).  Tear off a piece of wax paper and fold in half, place on  towel on the ironing board and sprinkle crayon shaving on half of paper, fold over the wax paper, place the other towel or cloth on top and slowly iron.  It will not take long for the crayons to melt. You can check to make sure the entire wax paper area has melted, if a spot has not melted, iron more or set your iron hotter.  The ironing step should be done by an adult, the next step the kids can help again.

Sprinkle shavings.

Fold over wax paper.

Place towel or cloth over wax paper and iron.

Now for the fun, to see what happened.

So cool, on this one I used three colors, pink, red and a purple.  Now make heart patterns out of paper, and use as your cutting guide, or just let the kids cut (with kid scissors) and make their own hearts or favorite shapes.

How pretty, crayons come in so many colors the possibles are endless!

If you’re feeling extra creative, make a pattern with the shavings.

You can create different looks by adding a little or a lot of shavings.  Below the one on the left has a little, the right side a lot.

To make a heart garland, tape hearts to fishing line or thread and hang in the windows.

Or tape them to the windows.

 

Make your own cards and send a little love.  I backed the hearts with white paper to show off the design, and glued them on red paper, and add your love message.

What a fun way to recycle all those old, broken crayons!

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