DIY Valentine Heart Crayons

DIY Valentine's Day Heart Crayons

part of my goal this year is being focused in my life, and with that, i am focusing on de-cluttering everything. while i was cleaning out my kids toys, i found this giant box of broken crayons. i was going to thrown them into the trash, but then i thought it would be fun to make a few homemade crayon shapes.  we really loved how our Earth Day crayons turned out, so how about some Valentine’s Day crayons.

i have some ice trays that make heart shaped ice cubes, and thought perfect. so i unwrapped all the broken crayons and placed them into my ice cube tray by color. you could mix the colors if you want swirl crayons. (tip: a serrated knife works great to remove crayon wrappers. just slice along the crayon and it pops off.)

once all the chambers are full, you can place it in the oven on a baking sheet at 180 degrees for as long as it takes the crayons to melt into the shapes. if you are using a silicone mold, you can have the oven a little hotter, but the ice cube tray are plastic and will melt at hotter temps. (i may have found this out for myself.)

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once the crayon pieces are melted, take the tray out of the oven and let completely cool. then pop the crayons out of the mold, put them in a jar or baggie and give them to your sweetheart or friend for a Valentine’s Day gift.

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you can find heart shaped ice cube trays at the dollar store, IKEA or places like Target and Walmart in the dollar bins. silicone baking trays can be found at your local craft stores in the baking section.

Thankgiving Turkey Donut Pops

The other day, the kiddies went grocery shopping with me and we found some of those little packages of minidonuts in the plastic tubes on sale for $1.00. These are their favorite and talked me into buying them all donuts for a treat.  When we got home, the kids wanted to do a craft. So what better ideas would their be than to combine our leftover Halloween candy with the mini donuts we bought to make Turkey Donut Pops.

Turkey Donut Pops are perfect for Thanksgiving, and a whole lot more tasty than turkey, in my vegetarian opinion. You could make them for a school class, or for fun, or as a part of the Thanksgiving Day dinner dessert course. They would be extra cute wrapped up in individual cellophane bags and ties with a bow. Give them to friends, teachers or neighbors. They are very simple and easy to make.

To make a turkey donut pop, you will need:
• small bite sized donut
• 5 candy corns
• 1 Rolo or mini peanut butter cup
• sliver of licorice or red candy
• candy for eyes
• half of a yellow or orange M & M
• frosting or peanut butter
• lollipop stick (optional)
First, insert a lollipop stick into the mini donut. Then, carefully insert candy corns into side of donut. I found this step to be the hardest because when i pushed to hard the donut split on me the first time. Using frosting, adhere a Rolo to the front of the donut pop. Finally, decorate your turkey’s face with candy pieces adhered with frosting.  I used black frosting to make the turkey’s eyes.
You can use any sort of candy pieces to make your turkey.  I literally just pulled out the leftover Halloween candy and looked for candy that i thought would work!
Isn’t this turkey donut cute! Gobble, Gobble.

Free Spring Paper Doll Printable

Peeper Dolls

i had this idea of making a paper doll collection. and since it is spring….and PEEPS are all around us, i decide to make PEEPS paper dolls. aka ‘PEEP’er dolls! i have included 4 ‘PEEP’ dolls and 16 outfits with accessories. there are girl and boys outfits! hope you enjoy.

to make you very own ‘PEEP’er Dolls:
• download the paper dolls template here
• make sure you print the PEEP bunnies onto cardstock. the outfits can be printed on either cardstock or paper
• cut out the ‘PEEP’er Dolls
• have fun!

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Homemade Candy Buttons | Free printable template


i have a thing for old fashioned candy…..especially colorful candy like swirly lollipops, gumballs, and these cute candy buttons. and guess what…i didn’t buy these…..i made them!

candy buttons are sooooo simple and addicting to make. i love that you can make them any color scheme you’d like. since it’s spring, i thought these pastel color were perfect. i just love how they turned out….and even more how they taste. much better than store bought.
and you don’t have to make just dots, you can make little hearts, little eggs, little stars….anything. and don’t keep the fun all to yourself….my kiddies love to make them too. of course, their dots weren’t as perfect, but still were very tasty!

how to make your own
candy buttons
2 tablespoons meringue powder OR 2 egg whites
6 tablespoons water (if needed)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or lemon juice
1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
ziploc sandwich baggies
food coloring
artificial flavoring (optional)

1) Cut non-toxic computer paper into 2 3/4″ x 10” strips.

2) Whip together confectioners sugar, meringue powder OR egg whites and lemon juice on low speed using a stand mixer for 1 minute.  (you may need to add water)  continue to whip for 10 minutes on high speed.

3) Divide “icing” into small bowls. Color each bowl different colors. If desired, add different flavorings to each.

4) If icing is too thick, thin out with drops of water, until it is the consistency of sour cream. A drop should hold its shape and slowly smooth out to create smooth button.

5) Pour each color into a sandwich bag and seal. (Placing the open baggie in a small cup and then pouring the icing in, is a great trick to keep things nice and clean). Then cut a VERY small corner off of each bag.

6) Squeeze a drop of icing at a time onto the paper. You can place the strip of paper on top of the template, you
will then see where to place each drop evenly.

7) Place on baking sheets in a cool dry place uncovered to dry overnight.

8) Candy will harden overnight. Store in a zipper bag or
airtight container.

here is a printable template to help you make your buttons line-up straight. the directions are also included.

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts | Kid's Valentine Craft

okay, so i lied. i do have some cute hearts in my house! the kiddies and i made some Salt Dough Conversation Hearts to decorate for a fun Valentine’s Day craft and to decorate our home. we had fun making them and they turned out kinda cute. it was a great hands on craft for the kiddies.

wanna make some? here is how we made them…..

salt dough recipe
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup salt
• food coloring

other things you’ll need
• ribbon
• red marker
• cookie cutter
• scissors

directions
• heat oven to 250º.
• mix the salt, water and flour till you make a dough. the dough should be similar to sugar cookie dough consistancy…you can add more flour till it is right. (but don’t eat it! ha ha).
• separate dough into balls and knead in a few drops of food coloring into each until you get the desired color.

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• roll out the dough out on a floured surface. use cookie cutter and cut out your hearts and place on a cookie sheet.
• make a hole at the top of the hearts to thread the ribbon through before you bake. (i found this out the hard way)

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• bake for 1-1/2-2 hours until your hearts are hard. be sure not to burn them!
• use a red marker to write on your hearts.
• thread ribbon through the holes, hang up and enjoy!

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(i probably should have been more carefully writing the words on the hearts. they are a little messy…..but i guess i can’t always be a perfectionist.)
Have fun!