It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day! What a great way to show those you love how much you care by creating something special, like a stained-glass heart made from melted crayons.
Crayons (light and bright colors work best: pinks, purples and reds)
Hand-held pencil sharpener or scissors
Permanent marker to write your own message
Optional: glitter to add a little shine
Peel the paper off of the crayons (try soaking them in warm water for better results). Use a pencil sharpener or scissors to shave the crayons over a large sheet of waxed paper set on top of a cookie sheet. Spread the shavings evenly on the waxed paper. The more shavings, the better.
This step is for parents. Set the oven to 175 degrees and place the cookie sheet in the oven. Time may vary depending on how much shavings you use, but it should take about five minutes to completely melt. Keep checking on the progress every few minutes.
Once the shavings have completely melted, take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Cool for another five minutes.
After cooling, draw a heart and cut it out. Try different sizes to see how many you can make.
After you’re done cutting out your hearts, decorate them for your Valentine. Add glitter, written messages or anything you desire.
The hearts really start to shine when you hold them up to a light or place them in a window.
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