Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Chunky Heart Crayons

I've been wanting to try making "crayon cookies" for a long time. Now seemed like the perfect time to make these for the boys; since the bigger kids are getting Valentine's chocolates, the little kids can get these instead. They were a hassle, but kind of fun. I loved working with these gorgeous colors. First, you have to peel your crayons (which is time consuming and fiddly). I avoided the "washable" crayons, thinking they may not work, and picked out all regular crayons.
Chop them into small pieces.
Arrange them in a mini muffin tin in the color combos that you like. Bake at 150 just until melted. I baked mine a little too long (15 mins) and they were total liquid. They set up right away, though.
Here's the "fun" part--getting them out of the blasted tin! You're supposed to be able to freeze them and the "pop right out." No such luck for me. I had to run warm water over the bottom and let them drop out into the sink--not my preferred way. Oh, and for the record, the tin didn't clean up very well, either. I think it's a dedicated crayon making tin now. That's okay.
I packaged these as I did the chocolates.

So last night we did have our annual Trail of Hearts and Dieter loved it. All the kids "hide" in the bedrooms and when the trail is ready they come out and walk along it (it weaves in and out in a curvy pattern and amongst furniture) to find a basket of Valentine treats--books, these crayons, and the molded chocolates. I'm trying to keep things simple around here, thus simple gifts. Dieter loved following the trail of hearts and did so several times after the fact, then later plopped himself down on the floor amongst all the hearts to drink a bottle. So cute and such pure childlike pleasure.

11 comments:

Carrie said...

Those are cool!

Carrie said...

Great great idea! I love this project!!!!
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Lisa said...

That is so cool. I wish you'd have posted about it a few days ago!

Amy said...

Those are so cute!

taimarie said...

These look great- and I love the trail of hearts idea. You have such lovely traditions!

driftwood said...

they are really lovely, I love the trail of hearts idea too, we don't have any valentines traditions, need to start some!

I tried making crayons once, and must have baked them for far too long becuase all the colours mixed and we got murky brown...
yours are lovely!

gkgirl said...

i think that these
turned out awesome!
:)

emma said...

Just discovered your blog! Really like this crayon idea - they look good enough to eat :)

Vanessa said...

What a great idea, I might have a go at doing these for easter gifts! Just popped over from a UK blogger who said you gave her the meaning of Valentines day back! What a honour!

Will pop back soon

mom go green said...

yours turned out really nicely. when i tried it all the colors got muddled together. maybe the quality of the crayons is important?

plus, some of the moms of the kids i gave them to complained they looked too much like food!! that's what i get for trying to make a homemade, creative party favor, eh?

i have a dedicated pan now, too.

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

What a fabulously great idea! I love how they turned out.