Saturday, February 9, 2008

Silly Crafting

The hubby's out of town, so I'm declaring this my crafty weekend to help pass the time.

Project #1: Melted Crayon Hearts (do you remember doing these as a kid?)

And here's a shot of the one in the window:

They're so silly, but fun to make!

First, you start with some old crayons (or new ones, whatever. *shrugs*.

Lay down a sheet of waxed paper (however big you'd like)...I did all of this on the back of a cookie sheet. It provided the stability needed, but didn't cause any problems with the ironing.

Using a cheapo pencil sharpener, sharpen your crayons and sprinkle the shavings evenly all over the waxed paper. (You don't have to go too crazy. Remember that the shavings will spread some as they melt).

Lay a second sheet of waxed paper over top once you're happy with how it looks.

Now comes the fun part! Take your iron (I used my old one from college) and put it on the lowest setting. Iron over the sheets until the crayons melt and run into each other. (The wax paper may stick to the iron a little at first because of the static, but keep going!)

Set it aside to cool down.

Once cooled, I laid cookie cutter shapes on the paper and traced around them with a pencil, then cut them out.

After you've got your shapes, you can hang them! I used crochet thread and a needle to thread them together into garlands and then taped them up!

A crappy picture, but you can see it all together here:

Oh, and a closeup...look what Pyper's mommy gave me yesterday! She said it was to keep me company this weekend and an early valentine's gift. Awww...


  1. I remember doing these as a kid but couldn't remember exactly how -- thanks for the brush-up. My kids would love to do this, I'm sure. They look really cute by your fireplace, too.

  2. What wonderful memories! I remember using this technique to do fall leaves when I was in school. :-)

    I think I've told you before, but you need your own HGTV show, Jenn! ;-)

  3. Oh cool! I remember doing those in elementary school. I'll have to show my son how to do those. It would be fun to put those up in the window for Thursday's love fest! :-)