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Crayon Shaving Hearts

Posted by  ·  February 2, 2007  ·  Last Updated: February 4, 2019

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.

hanging hearts in 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.crayon-hearts-5.jpg crayon-hearts-6.jpg









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 a 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!

crayon shaving heart

Martha has directions and a gorgeous display at her place.


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  1. George
    Monday, January 21st, 2019
    These were so fun to do with my daughter and her friends
  2. Kai
    Thursday, February 9th, 2017
    I highly recommend at the end covering with hearts with contact paper!! Ours have shed the crayon shavings considerably (much to my annoyance!)
  3. CPG Bulk Sales; Tabitha
    Monday, November 9th, 2015
    I remember making various decorations as a child. It is wonderful to see that folks are still doing this art.
  4. Saturday, February 8th, 2014
    Love this twist on wax paper ornaments. They look so pretty in a bunch! Thanks
  5. Friday, February 7th, 2014
    So cute! My little man will like making these! He's funny hearts are his favorite.
  6. Friday, February 7th, 2014
    I not only love the idea, but how versatile it is for almost any special occasion! Thanks for such a great post.
  7. Bev
    Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
    How do you get the crayon on the heart?
  8. Sarah julian
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
    This was fun!! But if you have kids under 6 I would have all the crayons shaved and ready to use so they can just pick the colors. My two daughters lost interest in shaving the crayons and I ended up taking over for them. :)
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  12. Eman Ewais
    Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
    i tryed these projects with my 3rd grade class
    they loved it
  13. Shenaynay Jobs
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    It's supper cute! My little sis would love it!!
  14. Monday, January 30th, 2012
    This is absolutely ADORABLE!! I'm putting together a section of crafts for LOVE month on my site ... http://www.wikimommy.com ... and I would love to feature this!! Please email me ro (at) wikimommy (dot) com and let me know if I may re-post this on my site. Thanks for sharing!!
  15. miss starr
    Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
    Beautiful. I'm going to make stars :)
  16. Friday, January 21st, 2011
    I am having a sixth birthday party for my dd tomorrow. She picked out heart themed table clothes and cups. If we have time that would be great affordable, fun decor for the party. Thanks for the idea.
  17. Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
    If you do get wax on your ironing board, you can use a brown paper bag, lay it on top of the wax and then iron on the bag and all the wax will be picked up by the bag. Just in case it happens.... =)
  18. sadi
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    Wow ! what a great Idea. Im deff going to do these with my 4 1/2 year old. I think we might do butterflys instead of hearts
  19. Monday, February 16th, 2009
    I did this craft, thanks to you! Valentines Day is over, however I'm leaving them up for a while longer. They are so pretty hanging in front of a window!
    • cindylouh
      Monday, February 16th, 2009
      Mine are still up too! I love them!
  20. Nancy
    Sunday, February 8th, 2009
    These are really adorable. I could even see making them in the shape or Easter eggs using all sorts of bright colors. Perhaps stars and stripes for summer holidays like Memorial Day and 4th of July. Why not fall leaves, with shades of yellow orange and browns? How about Evergreen trees and presents for Christmas?
  21. Friday, January 23rd, 2009
    Awesome Idea.... This might be an oldie but I have never heard of doing this before. Awesome sight you have. Lots of great ideas. Thanks
  22. Friday, January 16th, 2009
    This will be a great weekend project for the 4 yr old, thanks!
  23. Redhead100
    Thursday, December 18th, 2008
    I love these so much, I decorate weddings and they were the PERFECT idea!
  24. Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
    I did this a few years ago. They're sooo beautiful and simple!
  25. Ashiikun
    Monday, April 28th, 2008
    We did these when I was a kid, but we kept them rectangle and used them as place-mats for the dinner table.
  26. mumsee
    Sunday, March 9th, 2008
    These look really pretty.
  27. Monday, February 12th, 2007
    HI there, Thanks for the instructions! My son Parker and I had a blast making these!
  28. Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
    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!
  29. Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
    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!
  30. Monday, February 5th, 2007
    So simple to make and beautiful. We'll be making these today! Thanks.
  31. Jenny
    Sunday, February 4th, 2007
    Wowee! I just love them! Once again, you amaze me! Beautiful! Lucky kids to have such a fun mom!
  32. Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
    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
  33. Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
    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!
  34. Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
    I had forgotten these! We have a pile of crayons perfect for these...thanks for the great idea!
  35. Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
    Oh what a great idea! I'm going to use it in my classroom next week.
  36. Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
    Those are BEAUTIFUL! I'm totally going to make them! Thanks!
  37. Geo
    Friday, February 2nd, 2007
    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!