Valentines Day Craft: Easy DIY Heart Crayons are a practical non-candy Valentine’s Day treat to share!
So what do DIY Crayons, Acts of Kindness and Valentine’s Day have to do with each other? Read below to find out what we are doing as a family this Valentine’s Day.
It was one of those cleaning Saturdays in our home, and my husband was going through our bin of supplies. In one of the drawers we had tons of markers that didn’t work, crayons that were broken and well just a bunch of stuff that needed to be trashed. Next thing I know he’s in the kitchen using my awesome heart shaped muffin tin to make crayons. Honestly, I was a bit annoyed thinking it would be ruined but once I saw his creations I thought–genious!
Shortly after I was going through our boys workbooks from homeschool and their coloring books. I had no idea they had so many coloring books that were just sitting there so I put them in a box and wondered where can I donate them. I had to just trash some because apparently we’d been storing fully colored and scribbled on coloring books with no clean pages in it. Well, I put two and two together and a great idea was in the making.
As you know, I love Valentine’s day and we use it as a way to show our kids that it’s more about romantic love. It’s a time to appreciate each other, serve others and enjoy God’s love.
DIY Heart Crayons idea spurred on by my husband +
our unused Coloring books that are just sitting there taking up space +
My love for Valentine’s day =
Giving and serving others–Project Broken Crayons Still Color!
Valentines Day Craft-Easy DIY Heart Crayons
You can take these printables and give them out to classmates or turn it into a service project! Read below for the details on how to turn it into an opportunity to serve those around your community.
What to do:
First, you’ll need to melt your crayons in any oven proof mold. We used a star and heart shape mold and placed it over a baking sheet to give it more stability when taking it out of the oven. Place in oven at 300 for about 10-15 minutes. Once the oven is hot it may melt a lot faster. Use oven gloves and take them out carefully so the liquid doesn’t spill every where. Let it cool! Once they are cool, place them in baggies to share with others.
Next, add your Valentine’s day tags! Here are our FREE Valentine’s Day tag printable here: Color Your Heart Out Valentines to add to your baggies!
Project Broken Crayons Still Color
Well, I’ve had this idea of giving coloring books out for years on my heart but I had no idea how it would pan out. I’m so excited that we’ll be doing this as a family!!! I know you hear a lot about “my ideas” but I truly have ideas simmering within me constantly. So, when I get a chance to make it a reality I am more than beyond ecstatic.
My plan–start collecting broken crayons from our friends. On the day before V-day or on the weekend depending on when Valentine’s Day falls it’s our crayon making family day. I get everyone in the family involved, so we can all pitch in and make them together and take ownership of the project. Then we package them with a nice note for Valentine’s Day weekend and give them to the street kids along with a lunch! Throughout the year we give out lunches to kids on the street so this is a great addition for Valentine’s Day. We may even throw in some no-bake heart cookies.
Then find out where in your community you can pass them out. What we do is give them to people on the street. Now that coloring is a therapeutic adult trend, you can even give them to a homeless adult. I also suggest finding a local daycare that is in a lower income area that might be interested in having you pass some out to a class or small age group. We did that with a gently used book project and read a book to the kids and then passed out the books.
Other things we’ve done in the past is given the homeless ladies roses on the street and Kids meals to the children.
Head over to the 100 Acts of Kindness Project 2016 and check out all of the fun ideas.