We’re big fans of handmade gifts. Sharing a little piece of yourself with someone else just adds that nice personal touch. With 4 young kids, the time I get to spend on handmade items is often limited. So when Valentines Day rolls around, I’m tempted to buy my Valentines to save time. But then my frugal and handmade gift loving self kicks back in.
These adorable rainbow crayons are super easy to make and they use up all of those nubs of crayons (or cheapo restaurant crayons) that you have laying around. As an added bonus, you’ll win points with other parents by giving a non-candy valentine!
Follow these simple steps and you’re done!
- Assorted colors of crayons, cut/broken into 1/4″ to 1/2″ pieces
- Silicone baking tray (affiliate)
- Card Stock
- This handy dandy printable
Cut or break your crayons into small pieces. The smaller pieces allow the final crayon to color in beautifully marbled strokes. Feel free to choose other color combos – reds/pinks/purples, blues/greens/yellows, etc. I chose a basic rainbow of colors.
Place the crayon pieces in the cups of your silicone tray. You want to make sure that you don’t have a ton of free space in the mold to make sure your final crayon is thick enough. I used a heart mold, but you use whatever you like. The heart just seemed very holiday appropriate.
Put your silicone tray on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 225° for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it, though. You’ll want the crayons to be melted, but just barely. Different crayons melt at different speeds, so you’ll need to watch. When your crayons are melted, carefully remove the tray from the oven – you don’ t want to slush it all together – and allow the crayons to cool on the counter for a bit. When the crayons are completely cooled, pop them out of the tray.
Print your valentines on card stock. White or a lighter color will work best. I chose to mount my white ones to slightly larger pieces of vivid colored card stock for extra heft and pizzazz! Love a little pizzazz!
Download the free printable here
Attach your finished crayons to the valentines. I used masking tape doubled over.
And there you have it! A pretty simple, handmade, non-candy valentine. Want some additional printable options? Check out this post, too!