Crayon Shaving Hearts

Crayon shavings melted between wax paper and then cut into hearts make a beautiful display in windows. This is an oldie but goodie craft that we love. Here are ours made with lots of kid help! I can’t think of anything more cheerful or happy hanging from a window.


We made lots of crayon shavings with a pencil sharpener.


Place shavings on a piece of wax paper.


Either place another piece of wax paper on top or fold over the edge to cover all of the shavings.


Iron on the lowest setting for about 1 second. You can go always go longer after checking to see if the shavings have melted. Be careful to not burn the wax paper. It is a good idea to do the ironing on a piece of newspaper. Some shavings could leak out of the sides and it does leave a residue underneath the wax paper. If you are worried about your iron, just place your wax paper between two sheets of newspaper or scrap paper.

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I think it is easiest for kids to trace around cardboard so I took cereal boxes and cut out heart shapes to be used for patterns. This is where you get variety so let the kids draw the hearts.


Draw around your pattern.


Cut out, hole punch and tie on ribbon, thread or fishing line. Hang!


Martha has directions and a gorgeous display at her place.



36 Responses to “Crayon Shaving Hearts”

  1. Geo Says:

    These hearts sure add alot of color on a bleak winter day. They sway in the air from the furnace vent too! Very Beautiful, this would be fun to do with the kids, especially on a cold winter afternoon or weekend. Good Job!

  2. Julie Says:

    Those are BEAUTIFUL! I’m totally going to make them! Thanks!

  3. Mrs. Who Says:

    Oh what a great idea! I’m going to use it in my classroom next week.

  4. Becca Says:

    I had forgotten these! We have a pile of crayons perfect for these…thanks for the great idea!

  5. Michelle Says:

    Oooooh, aha! I tried these with my oldest the other day, but it didn’t work out at all… now I realize I’d been ironing on the highest setting (I usually only use my iron to press quilt blocks), never thought to turn it lower. I’ll try again, thanks!

  6. kikipotamus Says:

    YOU ROCK! These are SO beautiful. Some time this year after my house sells, I’m moving into a room in my friend’s basement. We will share a craft room. I can’t wait till it’s all set up and we can tackle many of the projects you chronicle here.

    Thank you, thank you! Your’e like Martha only warm and friendly and fun. 🙂 K

  7. Jenny Says:

    Wowee! I just love them! Once again, you amaze me! Beautiful! Lucky kids to have such a fun mom!

  8. Alicia A. Says:

    So simple to make and beautiful. We’ll be making these today! Thanks.

  9. robiewankenobie Says:

    we did those not long ago! my mother used to do them with me when i was but a young lass (eons ago). the boys and i also melted crayons in small heart shaped tins to make big multi-colored crayons. so fun!

  10. Lauri Says:

    Oh, these are gorgeous! I’ll have to have Steven stop at the store on the way home and get some wax paper! Thanks for sharing!

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    HI there, Thanks for the instructions! My son Parker and I had a blast making these!

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  14. mumsee Says:

    These look really pretty.

  15. Ashiikun Says:

    We did these when I was a kid, but we kept them rectangle and used them as place-mats for the dinner table.

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  18. susie Says:

    I work with the elderly, and used this as a craft one day. They loved it !!
    Thank-You !

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    Thanks Cindy,
    What a fun, inexpensive, easy craft to do with kids. I loved this one as a kid and cant believe I forgot about it.

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