Monday, February 11, 2013
You colour my world!
I've been feeling a little deprived in the crafting department lately. While I know some folks cringe at the thought of breaking out the scissors and glue gun, I find it fun . . . and even peaceful. Other than putting together some gifts for the Little Man's teachers at Christmas, and crocheting a couple of winter ear flap hats, I haven't done much since the Baby Man was born over a year ago now.
I decided to give in to my urge to make stuff, and put together some homemade Valentine's Day cards for the kids in Jake's class. They'd officially be from him, but since I have the great pleasure of volunteering in his class once a week, I know his friends from school fairly well too. We're not permitted to bring in food treats anymore (for health and allergy reasons that I agree with in principle, even if the policy does stifle my creative urges somewhat) so the lollipop cookies I've made in previous years were out.
I enlisted Jake's help and together we decided to make some heart shaped crayons. It's very simple and particularly handy in the winter because you can put the crayons outside to set - allowing you to get through more batches in less time. We had some brand new crayons kicking around that I'd picked up on super sale back in September and so we set about peeling the paper off them.
We used three different coloured crayons for each heart shape, breaking them into 4-5 pieces each. Once each heart in the mould was filled, we baked the crayons in a 280 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. We set the mould outside to set, then carefully popped each crayon out.
To make the cards I used some card stock scraps, paint chips, foam stickers and a heart shaped punch. I cut out heart shapes from the supplies we had, coordinating each card with the crayon. I added the words "You colour my world!" to each, then Jake chose which classmate would get each card and addressed them on the back.
It took us a couple of evenings to make them all, but overall it really didn't take too long, and my crafting urge was well satisfied. I hope the kids like them!!!