Well no, this is not a new or profound idea. Far from.
But we still really enjoyed making these, and I wanted to share what worked for us (and what didn’t!)
Tip #1: Cut a straight line along the edge of each crayon. This will make your life SO much easier as you are unwrapping.
Tip #2: Place similarly hued colors togethers in each mold. Warms with warms, cools with cools, light purple with dark purple, etc. This is totally optional of course (as are any of these tips) but it will prevent muddy colors. It was hard convincing Ian of this, so we didn’t follow this rule completely, but it does help. (The droplets on the mold are cooking spray. I don’t know if this is necessary but I used it just in case).
Tip #3: Check your molds! Make sure they are oven safe. I guess I just assumed all silicone molds were, and mine either weren’t silicone, or they weren’t made for the oven. They began to melt right along with the crayons. I had to pull out a blowdryer to finish melting the tops of the hearts.
After the crayons had cooled, we packaged them up for his class’ Valentine’s Day party. I had some little brown seed envelopes in one of my random craft boxes, and I just printed a page full of “Color Your Hearts Out!”
I also had some multicolored card stock sitting around so I taped that on underneath too. Just to add a little more color and because I apparently thought I had the time. I’m sure we were up way past his bedtime finishing these.
But he had fun, and loved taking them to school! If you have any other tips, I would love to hear them!