Crystal Snowflakes…

Here is a fun snowflake ornament that you can make from things that you have in your laundry room!… yep!… if you have Borax you can make crystal snowflakes!

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To make these icy snowflake ornaments you will need the following supplies:

Pipecleaners

Scissors

String

Boiling water

Borax – 3TBSP for every cup of water

Container to hold enough water to completely cover the snowflake

Skewers

Spoon

Paper towel

Ribbon

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Get started by making a snowflake shape with your pipe cleaner.  I used white to keep the snowflake a nice crisp white… if you like you can add food colouring to the solution to create a coloured crystal… or you could even experiment with colored pipe cleaners! {Don’t be afraid to experiment!}

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Using one pipe cleaner cut 3 pieces even in length…

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Next, cut 12 shorter pieces…

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Once all the bits and pieces are cut start twisting the three long pipe cleaners around each other to create the snowflake skeleton…

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Once the three pieces are twisted together space them out evenly and trim any that are longer than the others…

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Using the 12 little pieces twist two per arm of the snowflake and bend them upwards in a little “V”

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Do this twice per arm and then work your way around the whole snowflake…

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…work around the snowflake until each arm has two small V’s…

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When the snowflake is finished tie a string onto the end of the snowflake and tie the other end of the string to a skewer…

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…check the length in your container that will hold the boiling water/borax…

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Remove the snowflake and ensure that your knot on the skewer is secure!…  pour the boiling water and borax into the container and stir until the Borax is fully dissolved… This container here holds 5 cups of water comfortably… for each cup of water you need 3Tbsp of Borax!… in my case I needed 15 Tbsp of Borax – almost one cup!

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…stir… stir… stirr… if you want a coloured snowflake now is the time to add food colouring!…

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Once the Borax is dissolved lower the snowflake into the solution!… then wait… let the solution and snowflake sit overnight… YEP! overnight!… trust me it’s worth it!

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I couldn’t resist a view from the top!… this glass container is an adorable pitcher from Ikea!… it was only 6.99 and it came with a large cork for the top of the container!

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Science Fact: When water is hot its molecules are sitting further apart than when it is at room temperature… when the water cools it pushes out the dissolved borax!… there just isn’t room for it in the water once the water is cool!  Neat huh!?

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In the morning pull your crystal snowflake out of the jar of water!… and let it dry off on some paper towel. Excess Borax crystals in the container can be dissolved and washed away with hot tap water.

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Be gentle with the crystal snowflake… it can air dry on a towel.

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Once the snowflake has dried tie a ribbon around the top point and hang it on your tree!…

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checkout that crystal formation!… it looks like ice!

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I can’t wait to see YOUR crystal snowflakes!… please come to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share a picture of your crystal snowflakes…  and if you want to receive these posts right to your inbox as soon as I publish them pop your email address into he subscribe box at the top right of this page!

xo

Lacey

39 Responses to Crystal Snowflakes…

  1. Diane says:

    How long will these last? Can I wrap them in tissue and store them for next year?

    These are awesome by the way!!!

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Hi Diane! You should be able to wrap them and save them for next year for sure – I plan on trying it out with mine! 🙂 Perhaps giving them a spray with a clear coat to help protect them!? Glossy or matte – either would be great! 🙂

  2. Cute ideal. Like it.

  3. Cynthia says:

    OMG how cute are these, what a great idea!

  4. Lightfeather says:

    Love this idea Thank you for thinking outside the proverbial box. Can you place more then one at a time in the solution? If not can the used solution be reused?

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      If you place multiple in the crystals that would have formed on one will spread out over the two items – You would need to double the solution I think – definitely worth testing out!… you could reuse the water but you would have to reboil the water and dissolve more borax – because the borax would be all gone from the crystal snowflake that was previously made. 🙂

  5. Inga says:

    Fascinating Can’t wait to try it with my Grandkids.

  6. RevaEnett Zwarick says:

    this would be cute as initials wouldn’t it (or grand-kids names)

    Reva

  7. Dundee says:

    Thanks for sharing it I like that idea and I’m make it with my granddaughter thanks

  8. Arielle says:

    What a great idea! Love how it turned out.

  9. sandra cook says:

    i thought borax was toxic..i use it to make ant poison..the end result, you have an awesome snowflake !

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Hi Sandra! You shouldn’t eat it and its a good idea to be mindful while handling it but used safely it makes for some great crystals.

  10. […] Thanks to Feathering My Nest for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here… […]

  11. carol says:

    can this be treated to use outdoors?

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Hi Carol… I’m not sure about that – perhaps it could be lightly coated at first with an outdoor spray clear coat to seal it quickly and once it has a couple light coats on it would be sealed (?) Worth a test for sure! 🙂

  12. Kathy Strouth says:

    This is great for my older grandchildren to do. I will make the youngest ones initials for Christmas and seal them in gold spay paint. I hope this will hold up under the gold paint. It’s worth the try. Thanks for all the ideas please keep them coming.

  13. Kathy Boozan says:

    A good project to do with my grandkids!

  14. bob says:

    Wonder what would happen with a little food coloring.

  15. Carol S. says:

    Love this idea! I would like to make these with my students (15)! It will be a science project as well. Could we use large mason jars for this craft, instead of a pitcher because I can’t purchase 15 pitchers?
    Thanks,
    Carol S.

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Hi Carol! Wide mouth mason jars will work a long as the shapes are a little smaller than the opening at the top of the jar 🙂 Have fun! please come share some photos over on the FMN Facebook page when you get them made! 🙂 I can’t wait to see!

  16. Shannan Crider says:

    What about using glitter pipe cleaners?
    Does it need to be a glass container or can it be metal or plastic?

    This is a great idea!

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      that would give an interesting effect I bet! please come and share some photos over on the FMN Facebook page when you get them made! I can’t wait to see! 🙂
      I think any type off container will work

  17. Pat Swaney says:

    I am a bit late finding this site! LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing your expertise!
    I just subscribed to this site!

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Thank you Pat! There will be some new posts coming soon – once my broken hand heals up! 🙂

  18. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter and her friend had fun with this project. They are 11 but still had a little trouble making the pipe cleaner look like a snowflake. We added about a teaspoon of fabric dye to the water to turn it blue and the blue snowflakes turned out much more beautiful than are white ones. They are ice blue with a little white on the tips. We added twice the borax and put three snowflakes that were about two inches in diameter. The borax has now settled to the bottom so I’m going to microwave the whole container and try to reuse it. I don’t know how to post a pic??

    • Lacey Haskell says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Those sound incredible! I’m glad to hear about the experimenting! How fun! If you come on over to the Feathering My Nest page on Facebook you can share a photo in a comment over there! 🙂

  19. Angie says:

    11/13/2016 I just saw this project and want to do it with my 13 students I have in an after school (extended day) group. Since this was started November 2015, does anyone know how they lasted through the season. I would love to make this and present this to the parents for a present and future usage. I definitely want to make one for my 2 year old granddaughter. Please suggest how to PRESERVE this delicate ornament.

    Angie.

  20. Donna COLLINS says:

    I used colored pipe cleaners from a dollar store. Very pretty with a different look than dying the water. Had fun making them and will give them out at Christmas.

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