By Andrea Tomkins
This is officially a Valentine’s Day project, but as far as I’m concerned this craft could decorate our home all year round. It’s so cheerful!
What you’ll need:
• Wax crayons in various shades of red, pink and purple
• Pencil sharpener
• Wax paper
• Cookie sheet
• Red marker
• Embroidery thread
• Needle or small hole punch (we used a very dull embroidery needle)
1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Tear off a piece of wax paper and cover the cookie sheet.
2. Peel the paper off all your crayons. (Little helpers are especially skilled at this part!) Sharpen the crayons and spread the shavings evenly over the wax paper. Don’t worry if there are gaps. Cover with a second sheet of wax paper.
3. Pop in the oven for five minutes. After the shavings have melted, and while the wax is still warm, carefully remove the top layer of wax paper and let cool on a flat surface. Remove the bottom layer from the hot cookie sheet and let that cool too. (This will only take a few minutes.) Each layer should have lots of mixed up colours.
4. Use the red marker to draw hearts on each piece of paper, taking care not to bend it too much otherwise the thicker bits of hardened wax might crack. Cut out the hearts.
5. Using a very small hole punch or the tip of a needle, poke two small holes in each heart. Tip: if the holes are wider apart the hearts will be less likely to curl.
6. String each heart along the thread, as pictured. (It’s a great way for little ones to practice sewing and threading skills!)
That’s it! Now all you need to do is hang your banner in a sunny window and admire how it brightens the room. For another great Valentine’s Day craft idea, try these “beary” cute Valentine pencils.
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.