{heart} box of {heart} crayons

Inspired by the homemade rainbow heart crayon valentines that I kept coming back to as I searched for valentine ideas; I decided that I would make the little miss a whole set of heart shaped crayons and present them in that heart shape box that everyone likes to see on this day of love. It seemed like a much better choice than handing over a box of chocolates to a 3.5 year old!!  

I started with an empty heart box. Chocolates? Ahem, don't worry, they didn't go to waste!  I chose a smooth, non-embossed box so that I could paint it with some chalkboard paint.

Next, I chopped the crayons that I wanted to use. Some I did straight solid colors,  others I mixed tonal colors together. Probably the best bit if advice I found AFTER it took me all afternoon to get the paper wrappers off of the crayons was to soak them first in warm water. Oh well, now I know for next time.

I put the equivalent to two crayons in a 1.5 inch heart in a silicone tray. Baked at 250 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, I popped them out. Super easy.

I placed some shredded paper in the empty box and then positioned my heart crayons like chocolates. 

And the message I wrote with chalk? Oh so very true!