After scouring Pinterest for some Valentine’s eye candy I landed on these lovely hearts by Martha Stewart made of simple ingredients: waxed paper and crayons. Sprinkle crayon shavings on wax paper, iron ‘em and cut out hearts. Seems simple enough, right?
Wrong! Shards of melted wax crumbled off and what little was left, well, just didn’t look like ‘sweet’ hearts.
Apparently, I’m not the only one.
AuntPol wrote at the WeddingBee forums:
There’s an hour of my life I won’t get back! I don’t have pics of my pathetic attempt as I flung the whole thing in the fire, in a fit of temper :)
Basically, crayons are reeeeeallllly hard to peel. Like trying to peel rocks.
And then, when they have melted under the heat of the iron, if you don’t pay attention liquid crayon oozes out all over the place.
And worst of all, they set reeeeealllly quickly: it’s nigh on impossible to cut the blighters neatly, thry’re very inclined to splinter. And it’s hugely difficult to get the thickness right.
So I’ve done it, you don’t have to!
And then over at Finding Home Online, this project was a total flop, documented with loving care (check her post for all the gory photos).
Laura said: “So we tried again. And it was still a big pile of poopy looking crayon with glitter in it. Oh, and there was melted crayon all over my iron… I did actually cut some hearts out of them but they really just looked like heart shaped poop and I didn’t feel like that was very Valentiney.”
And over at New Month’s Eve, there’s a very detailed post about how much this project sucked: Crayon Hearts (check the post for all the details & photos)
Molly said: “First, it said to use a handheld pencil sharpener to collect crayon shavings. Except, not so much. The crayons wouldn’t fit into the handheld pencil sharpener and we couldn’t get them to produce any shavings.”
Next problem, the crayon is oozy and comes out the sides of the wax paper. Then, your iron gets messy with wax (I bet that’s fun the next time you go to iron clothes!)
So I guess I’m not the only one.
Martha made them… and so did I.