This Whipper Berry post is what twisted my arm. I didn't die cut or letterpress anything, but here's what I did do.
I opted for Target instead of Michael's because their aisles are better suited for a double stroller.
I picked up a silicone heart-shaped muffin pan ($2.50), blank valentine cards with envelopes (2 packs of 8/$1), glue dots ($4), a box of 64 crayons ($2.50), and some glitter ($1).
Surely I could have picked up a nice box of themey valentines like the ones I gave out as a kid instead. I could have even more easily done nothing this year and nobody would care. However, I chose to get crafty.
While the kids ate lunch I divided the crayons into groups of three, keeping complementary colors in mind with the intention of contrast.
I peeled and peeled and peeled crayons throughout the day when I found a moment here or there. Cutting the paper lenghtwise with a knife was very helpful but also felt like a lost fingertip waiting to happen.
I heated the oven to 300 degrees, shook a thin layer of glitter into each heart shape, put broken pieces of three crayons in each, and baked them for 15 minutes with the silicone pan on a metal cookie sheet for stability. After cooling in the pan for about twenty minutes, the heart-shaped crayons came out very easily.
I considered typing and printing the sentiment since my handwriting looks like this: