Crayon Hearts

[Note from Meryl:  And for your Valentine's Day pleasure, a sweet garland made by Lindsay.  It's not too late to make this for someone special!

Lindsay lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and her fluffy feline. She is obsessed with homemade bread, books, paper, and yarn. You can find her writing about such things and more over on her blog A Wooden Nest.]

Hello! I’m Lindsay Jewell, and I was asked to post as a guest for you today while Meryl is off taking a much deserved vacation. And since this is the week surrounding Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a festive crafty tutorial that I’ve made at home with surprising success.

The project I’m sharing with you is called Crayon Hearts. It is a fun holiday craft that would be great to make with your kids or friends. And the best part is that once you have created your hearts, you can string them up to hang in front of your windows for a stained glass effect that’s full of unique and interesting textures.

I will warn you now that this project is potentially quite messy (which, of course, increases its fun factor), so it would be wise not to take shortcuts lest you find yourself with an ironing board permanently altered by abstract, waxy crayon art. That said, the results are definitely worth the risk.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Waxed paper
  • Crayon Shavings (made with a crayon sharpener or scissors)
  • Protective cloth
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Thread or embroidery floss
  • A heart template, like this one

Cover your ironing board with an old, ratty towel or sheet. I used a large piece of muslin.

Tear off two pieces of waxed paper, about 15” long. Set one piece of the waxed paper on your covered ironing board, and then carefully pour your crayon shavings unto the center of the waxed paper. Cover with the second sheet of waxed paper, and then cover the top with yet another protective cloth. Trust me on this. It gets messy.

With your iron set to medium, melt the crayon pieces between the two sheets of waxed paper, spreading the melted crayon as evenly as you can. Try not to let any of it drip out the edges, and check your progress frequently.

Once you are satisfied with how the crayon is spread, trace hearts all over the waxed paper with your heart template and a sharpie. The melted wax from the crayons will become more and more brittle as it hardens, so try to cut out your heart shapes as soon as possible with a pair of scissors.

If you’d like to make garlands like mine, poke a hole through the top portion of your hearts with a needle, and string your embroidery floss through. Do this several times with as many hearts as you’d like to create a garland.

And that’s it! Hang your crayon heart garlands in your window, or put them in a gift box to give to a friend or family member for a super special handmade Valentine’s Day surprise!