Saturday, February 6, 2010

you color my world

This is a scheduled post.

you color my world valentine

Ever since I saw the sentiment, “you color my world” in the Tiny Valentine set from Papertrey Ink, I KNEW I wanted to make heart shaped color crayons.

The other nice thing about this project is, no candy. They get enough and my little man really doesn’t like it. But he does like to color and is fascinated with his new crayons. :)

Color my world bottom score

I started off with a card base measuring 4.25 x 4.25”. Then die cut the base with a Spellbinders™ die template. (Classic Scalloped Squares Large). After that, I made a window using Scalloped Hearts. Polka dots were stamped and embossed onto the front. Then I scored the bottom, about one half inch long. Tie through some ribbon, add a Label Trio tag with the sentiment, and you have a darling, easy Valentine.

Crayon attached with foam

I attached the heart crayon to the back of the pouch with a thick foam dot. It held well, but the crayon released easily.

Here is how I made the crayons:

Cutting Crayon with Knife

Yes, I would normally use old and broken crayons for this project, but when I tried to explain to the little man what I was going to do with his crayons, he wouldn’t hear of it. No worries, I went into my supply stash. During school supply time, crayons go on sale cheap. I always buy several boxes and put them aside.

You can see that I started to peel away all the paper. Bad choice. So, I grabbed my X-ACTO Gripster knife and cut away the paper instead. Insert the blade in at an angle. Cut into the paper on the side that is underneath.

Cover off crayon

You can see how much easier that came off. It didn’t work perfectly every time, but 8 out of 10 worked perfectly.

Crayons in heart pan

I broke up the crayons and dispersed them into each heart shape. I put them in the oven at 250 degrees. Put a cookie sheet underneath the silicon pan, because when the crayons melt, they turn to liquid and you don’t want it to spill. They took about 10-12 minutes to melt. Keep a close eye on them. I left them in the mold for about 2 hours. They set up perfectly!

Heart Crayons

Let me know if you try these. I would love to see what creative packaging you come up with!!

thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps (Papertrey Ink-Tiny Valentine, Polka Dot Basics), Cardstock (Papertrey Ink-Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White), Ink (Versamark Watermark), Embossing Powder (Stampendous-White Detail), Ribbon (Papertrey Ink-Fresh Snow Grosgrain), Spellbinders die templates (Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Scalloped Hearts, Label Trio)


Laura O'Donnell said...

I made these marbled crayons a long time ago, when my daughter was little. what a great idea for a valentine gift!

Susan said...

What a great idea and theme message! sUSAn

Jennifer K said...

What a fun idea! These turned out super cute. I'm also forgoing the candy route this year and making bookmarks using the Tiny Valentine set from PTI. When I have to make 27 for each kid I need something quick and easy, and preferably something they can help with.

Hope the moving goes well for you this week. Be sure to let me know if you need anything!!

Deanna said...

Love it... brilliant idea!

Karen from PA said...

This is such a cute it!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Excellent idea and how cute the packaging is! I'm keeping this one in my file for Halloween! Much better then giving candy out which I end up eating took!

lisa808 said...

This is super cute and such a great idea for kids.

afkeyes said...

What an awesome idea! We made crayons like that all the time when I was little although we melted the crayons and poured them into cookie cutters. The only thing I'm not clear on is how you diecut the holder...Isn't it a rectangle that you folded into a square? Did you have to run through with the scalloped square die twice?

Denise (peanutbee) said...

OH wow, these look like SOOO much fun to make! Love the little holder too. Cuuuute, girl!

i {heart} papers said...

Absolutely adorable!!

Deebi27 said...

Awesome Valentine...My class has been in the process of tearing paper off OLD crayons this week. We are making a class set of melted crayons for our Art Center. There are sooo many crayons...I think my co-teacher and I will make some of these for the kids to have at home! Wooo Hooo!
Thanks for helping the light bulb to turn on!

Jennifer Holmes said...

Hi, Kimberly! This is a super idea and I know a little girl in my house who has a ton of broken crayons. Now if I can just pry them out of her little! Thanks for sharing another great idea of yours!

Tracey said...

I love this idea and this I may so be stealing it for my daughter's Valentines! Thank you!! :)

PEA said...

What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much busy girl!
I will make these up for my g.friends kids. How perfect and exciting it will be for them.
Thanks sweetie.
Happy Packing.Hugs,Pea

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