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Posted by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Overnight

Here's How:

  1. The first step of making borax crystal snowflakes is to make the snowflake shape. Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
  2. Twist the sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake shape. Don't worry if an end isn't even, just trim to get the desired shape. The snowflake should fit inside the jar.
  3. Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. You want the length to be such that the pencil hangs the snowflake into the jar.
  4. Fill the widemouth pint jar with boiling water.
  5. Add borax one tablespoon at a time to the boiling water, stirring to dissolve after each addition. The amount used is 3 tablespoons borax per cup of water. It is okay if some undissolved borax settles to the bottom of the jar.
  6. If desired, you may tint the mixture with food color.
  7. Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the snowflake is completely covered with liquid and hangs freely (not touching the bottom of the jar).
  8. Allow the jar to sit in an undisturbed location overnight.
  9. Look at the pretty crystals!!! You can hang your snowflake as a decoration or in a window to catch the sunlight :-)

Tips:

  1. Borax is available at grocery stores in the laundry soap section, such as 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster. Do not use Boraxo soap.
  2. Because boiling water is used and because borax isn't intended for eating, adult supervision is recommended for this project.
  3. If you can't find borax, you can use sugar or salt (may take longer to grow the crystals, so be patient). Add sugar or salt to the boiling water until it stops dissolving. Ideally you want no crystals at the bottom of the jar.

What You Need

  • string
  • wide mouth jar (pint)
  • white pipe cleaners
  • borax (see tips)
  • pencil
  • boiling water
  • blue food coloring (opt.)
  • scissors

by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Replies (1-10):
aidensmomma508
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Lol I think I had enou snowflakes this year

Turtledoves
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Neat!
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SassyWildflower
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

this is like we did with the crystal hearts =)

KaylaMillar
by Bronze Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

neat! 

HisSweetheart07
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

tfs! but I'm SO over snow! lol

diaperstodating
by Angel on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Your title really got my attention, lol.
Thank you for sharing.
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Bob192
by Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Wow!  Those look great!!

mommythree0508
by Corinne on Feb. 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM


Quoting Bob192:

Wow!  Those look great!!

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momofsixangels
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM


Quoting HisSweetheart07:

tfs! but I'm SO over snow! lol

You can send it this way!

GypsiSky
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Agreed, lol

These are very pretty though!

Quoting aidensmomma508:

Lol I think I had enou snowflakes this year


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