While searching for decoration inspiration, I recently came across this tutorial for Crayon Hearts, and knew I had to make them for my friends and family to give as party favors for my Valentine’s Day party this year. I made as many crayon hearts as I could, using all of the festive colors (reds, purples, and pinks) that I could find in my old crayon box. Then, once my hearts were cut and ready, I strung them together with embroidery floss to be hung near windows for a stained glass effect. I really love the way they look, and I think they’d make a great gift for kids and adults alike.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Waxed paper
• Crayon Shavings (made with a crayon sharpener or scissors)
• Protective cloth
• Ironing board
• Thread or embroidery floss
• A heart template, like this one
Cover your ironing board with an old, ratty towel or sheet. I used a large piece of muslin.
Tear off two pieces of waxed paper, about 15” long. Set one piece of the waxed paper on your covered ironing board, and then carefully pour your crayon shavings unto the center of the waxed paper. Cover with the second sheet of waxed paper, and then cover the top with another protective cloth.
With your iron set to medium, melt the crayon pieces between the two sheets of waxed paper, and spread the melted crayon around as evenly as you can, trying not to let any of it drip out the edges. Check your progress frequently.
Once the crayon is evenly spread, trace hearts all over the waxed paper with your heart template and a sharpie. The melted wax from the crayons will become more and more brittle as it hardens, so try to cut your heart shapes out as soon as possible with a pair of scissors.
Once your hearts are cut out, poke a hole through the top portion of your hearts with a needle, and string your embroidery floss through. Do this several times with as many hearts as you’d like to create a garland.