Valentine’s Day is only NINE Days away… and I have zero plans! Today I am sharing DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for your toddler and their classmates made out of old crayons. I love using things I already own and giving them new life – I basically have a love affair with painting and upcycling things like nightstands, old furniture, and even pantry staples. I love me a good DIY, and that’s always been the case.
What’s a good Valentine’s Day Gift for Toddlers?
Here is what inspired these DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts – since Liyana started Montessori last August, we have received goodie bag after goodie bag for birthdays and every hallmark holiday under the sun. I am the mom that never seems to be able to make it to the
How to Upcycle Crayons into a Valentine’s Day Gift
We are going to make adorable DIY Toddler Valentine’s Day Gifts out of all the broken crayons using silicone molds and/or ice cube trays. Mine are from Ikea, but you can also find these on amazon or even at your local Dollarama.
The first step in making these DIY Toddler Valentines’ Day Gifts is going to require some exercise! To start, dash around your house and collect all those broken crayons.
Next, put your toddler to work and get them to peel all the paper off the crayons and break them up into little pieces. Liyana was so happy to be doing this – she calls it “crapping up the crayons”. I helped her along the way by using a utility knife to cut a slit in the crayon wrapper. I am not kidding, but Liyana was happily occupied “crapping up crayons” for an hour! I call that a mom WIN! These DIY Valentines’ Day Gift for toddlers can also be used for any other event like a birthday party favour, Eid, Ramadan – you name it. ANOTHER WIN in my books!
Now, we are going to take the broken pieces, and put them in our silicone trays, set them on a flat baking sheet, and pop them into an oven preheated to 250 F, for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they could bubble over. I kept my molds half full and that seemed to work well.
Next, take them out of the oven carefully and let them cool. Since its the middle of winter, I stuck the tray outside for 15-20 minutes and the wax cooled fast. Thanks Canada!
Finally, carefully pop them out and put them in a cute cloth or paper bag from your local dollar store or craft store and call it a day!