DIY Crayon Heart Favors

Eva Amurri martino shares a DIY for melted crayon hearts as Valentine's Day school favors

I’ve been getting a ton of questions recently about what I plan on doing for Marlowe’s Valentine’s Day favors for her class at school.  This year we made something really fun, and it was so easy to do that I thought I would share in case it can serve as inspiration! These DIY Crayon Hearts were so simple to make, and you can use bits of broken crayons to make them– it’s like the ultimate recycled, re-purposed Valentine’s Day craft! I also love the fact that it’s a kid-friendly Valentine’s Day favor that isn’t candy! I personally don’t mind if my kids eat candy on Valentine’s Day, but I know some other parents feel differently, and I want to make sure I’m respectful of everyone in the class. These festive and useful crayons are a great compromise!

Eva Amurri Martino shares a simple DIY using broken bits of crayons to make Recycled Crayon hearts for Valentine's Day

Broken bits of crayons in a heart mold are prepared to be made in to crayon hearts for Valentine's Day



Preheat Oven to 230 degrees.  If your crayons are already without the paper wrapping, begin to break the crayons in to 1/2 inch pieces.  If you’re using new crayons, use an Exacto-knife to carefully slice down the paper so you can peel it off of the crayons.  (I unwrapped crayons for an hour and kept getting paper cuts under my fingernails before Kyle walked in to the kitchen and was like “BABE!” Lol.) Fill ach mold with multicolored crayons bits.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.  Do not overbake! You want the crayons *just* melted but not so melted that the colors start mixing together and creating crayon sludge.  Move the mold to a heat-safe surface, and allow to cool for 1-2 hours.  When fully cooled, pop the heart crayons out of the mold.  Slip each one in to a clear cellophane bag, and tie with a tag.  I wrote on the tags: “You Make My Life More COLORFUL. xoxo Marlowe”

Eva Amurri Martino wears jeans and white sweater top and puts a heart shaped mold of crayons in to the oven

Melted crayon bits in a heart shaped mold for Valentine's Day favors

Finished heart shaped crayons for a Valentine's Day favor

Eva Amurri Martino shows off her crayon hearts craft for Valentine's Day

Eva Amurri Martino writes with her new heart shaped multicolored crayons

Eva Amurri Martino writes with her new heart shaped multicolored crayons

Eva Amurri Martino wraps up home made multicolored heart shaped crayons as Valentine's Day Favors for her daughter's class


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  1. Maria says:

    How did you make the spiral?

    02.08.18 Reply
  2. Ravelle says:

    Amazing, adorable, perfect, charming, easy!!! Thank you so much for a non-candy, very affordable favor that kiddos will love!! My daughter has a severe peanut allergy, and even though he school is peanut free, parents forget to check labels on treats for peanut contamination. This favor would make her sooo happy!!! We don’t have time to make them, her party is tomorrow, (Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year and she goes to a catholic school) BUT! I love this so much, I gotta figure out another time to use them! (Also, I use a ton of exclamation points too, I think they are fabulous!!)

    02.08.18 Reply
  3. Anna says:

    I’ve made these about 4 to 5 times when my girls were younger!! LOVE it!

    Question: which mold did you use to get those imprints (swirls, dots, etc) in your hearts??


    02.08.18 Reply
  4. JMaggie says:

    Cute for adults too! Lol! Can’t wait to try these! I want to display them in a glass candy dish amongst some dried rose petals, as a V-day table decoration. So great it’s easy! Best kind of craft! 😊

    02.11.18 Reply
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