I saw this idea for crayon valentine hearts last year on my friend Ellie's blog and have been waiting to try it ever since. Me and Matthew had a great time making these this afternoon. There is a great tutorial here, but I'll give you the rundown on how we did it anyway.
OK, first of all, just find some old crayons and chop them up. Here's proof that there is definitely more than one way to use a wusthoff. Mine was a gift from Ryan. I'm sure he'll be happy to know it is coming in handy.
I'm sure breaking them would also be sufficient, but we like things quick and, ehm, violent. P.S. You probably don't want the five-year-old's help if you are using a wusthoff.
When you're done destroying your crayons, put them in a bowl and let the kiddo stir.
Your bowl of crayons is probably going to be a blinding conglomeration of random colors, depending on how many neon crayons you threw in the mix, something like this...
And then you put them in a little heart shaped mold pan. Ours is silicone, which I definitely recommend, because it makes them nice and easy to pop out. (No idea how we would have gotten these out of a metal pan, actually). You can get them in the craft section at WalMart.
And then you bake at 250 degrees for about fifteen minutes. Give them plenty of time to cool. When they're done, and you've put them together and added a cheesy Valentine crayon slogan, they will look something like this...
(If I was OCD about it, I probably would have coordinated the crayon colors to go with our paper colors, but, oh well, whatever.)
I also love that he signed them all himself. Don't you love five-year-old handwriting?
(He normally doesn't like to be "Matt," but he didn't have enough room for "Matthew.")
Ah, so much better than store-bought Transformer valentines!
edited to add: Most questions of the questions I get on this project are addressed somewhere in the comments, so please read through those before you email me. I am getting a LOT of email, and I would love to respond to everyone individually, but I have a new baby and very slow internet, a combination which makes individual responses nearly impossible! To answer the question I most commonly get, we attached the crayons to the cardstock using glue dots, which you can buy at most craft stores (even WalMart usually has them). Good luck! Thanks for linking back to me when you make these - I love to see other people's finished projects and if you don't link back then I will never see them!