Create Your Own Snowflake ~ by Christine Yearly

A WFS Faculty Blog post by our 2nd grade teacher, Christine Yearly
Published Thursday, February 10th, 2021
 

Borax Crystal Snowflakes

crystal 1You and your child can make beautiful crystal snowflakes with a few basic ingredients. You can have a great time discussing molecules and chemical reactions, too! We made these ornaments as gifts this year in the second-grade class. They look like lovely crystals but are quite durable, as well.

 

Materials:crystal 2

  • Chenille stems (pipe cleaners) of any color.
  • String
  • 20 Mule Team Borax
  • Boiling water (It’s really important that it’s boiling.)
  • Container (wide mouth mason jar or bucket)
  • Ruler or paint stirrer

  1. Have fun creating snowflakes and other designs with the pipe cleaners. They should be small. I recommend cutting the pipe cleaners in half.  Then twist and bend them into snowflakes, candy canes, or other shapes. The color of the pipe cleaners will show through the crystal and give the ornament its color. 
  1. Tie a string on each ornament and connect the string to a ruler or paint stirrer by wrapping the string around it or taping it. The ornaments will need to be completely submerged in the water without touching the sides or each other.
  1. Boil the water and completely saturate it with Borax powder. Stir in 1 cup of Borax for every 4 cups of boiling water.
  1. Carefully pour the boiling water/Borax mixture into the container. 
  1. Completely submerge the ornaments in the Borax water so they are not touching anything.
  1. Let sit for 12 - 24 hours.
  1. Remove from water and let dry.

Enjoy your crystal creations! You can get more design ideas for this project on Pinterest, too

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