Be Mine!

We have officially survived Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Decorations have been collected from throughout the house and packed away in the attic until next year. All that is left of the holidays are a few pine needles under the couch and crumbs of leftover Christmas goodies given to us by our neighbors and friends. Time to set the alarms and say goodbye to the late nights. It’s back to school we go! 
We’ve all got a little bit of that holiday hangover. Too many chocolates, too much wine and pumpkin pie! It’s time to get back on track! … well, until the next holiday! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and with my youngest starting preschool this month, it’s got me thinking it’s time to get the valentine cards started. With all three in school, that’s almost 100 cards that need to be signed, sealed and delivered.  
And with the large gap in age between my youngest and older two, we will have to come up with something “cute” and something “cool”. 
Ever wondered what to do with your collection of dull broken crayons or the ones you get with the children’s menu at your favorite restaurant? Make heart-shaped crayons for Valentine’s Day! You’re going to love these! 
Heart Shaped Crayons00001Here’s what you’ll need: 
White card stock 
Heart shaped crayon mold tray (found on 
Crayon pieces 
Small clear treat bags 
Step 1: Remove the paper from the crayons. The easiest way I found to make this happen, is to (have an adult) carefully slice  a line down the entire length of the crayon through the paper with a sharp knife or razor blade. This will make it super easy for your child to pinch the paper off. And as most crafts can get a little messy with kids, we like to use old (or new from the dollar store) baking sheets. One for the paper peeling and the other for the crayons.  
Heart Shaped Crayons00002Step 2: Once your little helpers finish peeling all the crayons, they will need to be chopped or broken into about one inch pieces.  
Step 3: Fill each heart in your tray with an  equivalent of three full crayons (is what usually works for us). You can mix a few colors or stick with the same shades. Have fun with it! 
Step 4:  Set your oven at  250 degrees and pop them in for 15/20 mins. Let them cool completely before removing them from the mold. 
Step 5: Browse Pinterest for free printables to complete your card! 
 Please check me out on Instagram @ (popexthree) for the “cooler” card ideas! 

 Happy Heart Day!