Valentine’s Day is only NINE Days away.. and I have zero plans! Today I am sharing DIY Toddler Valentine’s Day gifts or your toddler and their classroom made with old crayons that you probably have around in your house. I love using things I already own and giving them life – I mean 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 thats always been the case. So, naturally, here I am with another DIY but this time more geared towards a different crowd – toddlers, especially all the toddler friends in your kids classrooms.
Why make gifts for toddlers?
Here is what inspired these DIY toddler Valentine’s Day Gifts – since Liyana has started Montessori last august, we have been sent home goodie bag after goodie bag for birthdays and every hallmark holiday under the sun. I am the mom that never has it together to make a trip to a craft store to put together 24 of whatever gift I should be sending for the kids. So, here I am PLANNING ahead, but also trying to not be wasteful in what I buy. Often the goodie bags are plastic, and filled with more plastic toys and STUFF that eventually ends up in the garbage. In an attempt to be more environmentally friendly AND save money, I thought I would use up stuff I have at home.
Enter OLD and ANNOYING Crayons
You know allll the annoying crayons you have lying around that are broken, half used, and basically sitting in all the random baskets in your house? Yup, I have atleast 50 of those. Well, what if I told you that you could get rid of them WITHOUT throwing them in the garbage? What if i told you that you could make super cute gifts for basically valentines day, and any other occasion!?! Yup so lets make these DIY Toddler Valentines’ Day Gift with old crayons!
Lets Get to Work to make these DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for toddlers!
We are going to make adorable DIY Toddler Valentines’ Day Gift out of all the broken crayons using silicone molds/ice cube trays. Mine are from Ikea, but you can also find these on amazon or even at your local Dollarama in the shape of hearts or kisses. I decided to use what I had, and put them in cute heart bags from Dollarama instead.
The first step in making these DIY Toddler Valentines’ Day Gifts, is going to require some exercise! I want you to do a mad dash around your house and collect all those broken crayons. I have them all in this basket.
Next, I want you to put you toddler to work and get them to peel the crayons and break them up into little pieces. Liyana was so happy to be doing this – she calls it “crapping up the crayons” and i helped her along the way by using an exacto knife to cut a slit in the crayon wrapper. I am not kidding, but Liyana was happily occupied “crapping up crayons” for about an hour on Sunday when we made these. I call that a mom WIN – its all about the small wins right?! 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 up pieces, and put them in our silicone trays and set them in a flat baking sheet, and pop them into an oven preheated at 250 F for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them to not bubble over. I kept my mold 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 out onto our porch for 15-20 minutes and the wax cooled right down. Thanks Canada!
Next, carefully pop them out once they are completely hardened, and put them in a cute bag. We are going to be handing these out with some stickers and erasers to Liyana’s class mates and I love how I can reuse old crayons and reduce waste in a small way.
And that’s all! Super easy! Pop them into a cloth bag or paper bag from your local dollar store or craft store, and call it a day!