My “almost” four-year old has his first “official” Valentine’s Day Party this up coming week. I wanted to have him make the cards that he’s passing out rather than buying them. Secretly, craft time, is one of the few times the he actually wants to spend with me right now. He is currently on a kick to only be with his dad doing “boy things”. Ugh!
So, while perusing Pinterest I found these cute DIY valentine’s day cards. It looked super easy, so I thought I would give it a go.
Using some old broken crayons and construction paper already on hand, we were able to make some really cute valentine’s day cards for my son’s preschool class. Plus, my lil guy did most of the work!
What you will need:
– old crayons
– mini heart-shaped pan (this one from amazon was the one I had in mind, but since I had a coupon to JoAnn’s I ended up with a different one)
– construction paper
– hot glue gun
Get your old crayons and grab your helper…..
Peel the crayons and then cut them into small pieces.
The smaller you cut them, the more colors you can add into the pan.
Bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Put an old cookie sheet underneath, in case anything spills over. Let them cool and then turn them over and gently tap them out.
While the crayons are drying you can start cutting your construction paper. We actually did ours over a two-day period, but this can totally be done in just a couple of hours.
I cut them into circles using red, white, and pink paper. My lil guy actually glued the smaller circles onto the larger ones.
I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day For “Crayon” Out Loud!” and then had my lil guy sign his name on the back. Below his name I did “translate” and sign his name as well. 🙂
Finally take your hot glue gun, put a small amount on the paper and set the crayon on top. Make sure to really press down, from the top and bottom, so that it sticks together. I actually had my son squeeze out the glue and put the crayon hearts on himself (that is why they are a little off center…..gave me lots of anxiety).
Voila! Easy and free Valentine’s Day Cards. The only thing I had to buy was the pan, which only cost $6 (with a coupon and on sale), but I had a JoAnn’s gift card so I actually did not have to pay anything out of pocket (score). I did reach out to the local B/S/T groups that I am a part of to see if I could get one at an even lower price. No luck 🙁
I was happy to buy the pan since it will actually be a great investment. We will be making heart crayons for upcoming party favors, along with some other fun gift ideas in the future.