This sweet little heart garland came to life between dinner & bedtime last night. I think it is my first official Valentine's Day decoration. Ever.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love a craft that takes less than an hour and looks like a million bucks. I'm sure I'm quite unique in that sentiment. ;)
Crayons (for melting)
2 towels or pieces of fabric
I made six small garlands using 4 crayons -- blue, green, yellow, red. My garlands are 3-5 hearts each.
Step 1: Heat the iron. Meanwhile, unwrap the crayons and shave them down as best you can with the vegetable peeler into piles on sheets of wax paper (I did one pile of yellow & red shavings, and another of blue & green shavings). At a certain point shaving the crayons will stop working and you'll just break them into small pieces (don't worry if they aren't tiny).
Step 2: Layer another sheet of wax paper on top of your crayon pile. Give yourself a lot of room for the wax to melt and spread. Put your wax paper and crayon shavings sandwich on top of a towel. Layer another towel on top of the whole thing.
Step 3: Iron until you don't feel any lumps in the crayons anymore.
Step 4: Using your heart stencil, trace hearts all over your wax paper and melted crayons (you will not be peeling the wax paper away -- the hearts would become too fragile and flake apart).
Step 5: Cut out your hearts.
Step 6: Thread your needle and "sew" the hearts together in a string, tying a knot around each one to space them evenly.
Step 7: Hang your garland in a sunny window.
Another fun winter-related craft: Tiny Twig Rafts