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I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It may have something to do with the fact that I got pink eye and missed my class party in elementary school…in 2nd grade and in 4th grade. And while Tim and I have had some romantic Valentine’s dates (like the one year we played Half Life 2 and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer all day), mostly it’s just another day for us.
But, I thought it would be fun to come up with a cute Valentine project to do with the boys to send to their cousins. Most of the time projects just turn out about how I expected, and I’m happy with them. On a few occasions I do a project, and it turns out a million times better than I expected (like the dragon paper airplane craft!). I feel like Han Solo – “Sometimes I amaze even myself!”
And then there are those other times.
You know- when you have grand plans for something, a genius idea? And then it turns out nothing like you expected. And is mostly an utter disaster.
Thus is the case with these Valentine’s. I’m pretty happy with the finished product I eventually ended up with, but it took a few failures to get there.
At first, I was going to make Valentine chocolates. Finding safe food for my husband and boys isn’t easy, but we like these Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (gluten, dairy, soy, and a whole-bunch-of-other-stuff free). I figured I’d just drop some in my cute silicone molds, pop them in the oven, and viola, beautiful Lego chocolates!
Unfortunately, the chocolate chips didn’t really melt. They more. . .burned.
It’s not really a good sign when you’re husband comes home after a project you do and asks, “What is that smell?!”
Thankfully, it was fairly warm day and we were able to open some windows and light a nice vanilla candle.
Well, scratch that and back to the drawing board! I’d seen some crayon Valentine’s floating around Pinterest and I’d really wanted to make some with the neat lego silicone molds I had. I scrubbed them out well and got rid of the burnt chocolate. At first I thought I’d just chop up some crayons and pop them in the oven.
Then I got ambitious.
Anyone could do generic Lego crayons – I would make amazing ones! I’d use the Lego figure mold to make a whole bunch of Star Wars crayon characters. I envisioned Luke in his x-wing flight suit, Han Solo (complete with black vest, white shirt, and blue pants), and even some E.U. characters like Thrawn and Mara Jade! It was genius. I carefully cut apart the crayon pieces, gently placed them in the molds to create these characters, and popped them in the oven.
Unfortunately, when crayons melt. . .they turn to liquid and get runny. Very runny.
And my beautifully designed Lego Star Wars figures mostly just turned into melted multi-colored figure crayons.
Yeah. . .not quite as amazing as I expected.
I resigned myself to ordinary crayon valentines. And I ended up loving them. Because really? They are just going to get colored with. And kids don’t care that they look like Star Wars characters…they just think it’s cool they get to color with Legos.
Without further ado – instructions on how to make ordinary Lego crayon Valentine’s!
- Silicone mold – We use these Lego silicone molds here and also have this Millennium Falcon silicone mold. Someday I want to get the rest of the Star Wars ones – Amazon has a whole pack of Star Wars Silicone Ice Tray Set for a pretty good price! If you are going to be doing a lot of these, you may want to have multiple of the same trays.
- Little bags – I’m using Wilton 100 Count 4×6 inch party bags. They were the perfect size for this project, and I’ll think I’ll be able to use them for other projects we do.
- Cardstock for labels
Peel off the wrapper and chop up the crayons.
This will take a while. A long while. Much longer than you expect. Your finger nails will get multi-colored and you’ll have a table covered in crayon pieces and shreds of wrapper. And then dinner time will roll around and you won’t really feel like cooking because you’ve been peeling crayon wrappers and chopping up crayons for the last two hours.
Put the crayon pieces into the molds. I had some fun mixing up the colors and got the boys to help out with this part.
Pop them in the oven. I put all my molds on one cookie sheet to make it easier to transfer them in and out of the oven. I set my oven to 350 for about 10 minutes, and they melted very quickly. I took them out and let them cool.
I carefully removed them from the molds.
*Note* Sadly the Millennium Falcon mold did not work well! The two front pieces snapped right off. I’ll attempt it again another time and see if I can safely remove it. But the other Lego ones worked perfectly! Just be gentle when removing the figures.
I originally was going to design some cute labels to go with these. But, like many other parts of this project, it just didn’t come together (maybe next year!). I just let Malcolm write “I love you” on them and let Sean draw on them. Besides, I think my 4 year old’s scrawling letters are adorable -and much cuter than anything I could come up with!
Do you enjoy Valentine’s Day? And what do you do when projects go awry?