Monday, November 15, 2010

Borax "Crystal" Ornaments

Making "crystal" ornaments from Borax is fun for all ages!

Note:  This is inexpensive, too.  The box shown was $2.99 at Target and is found in the laundry section.

Bend white pipe cleaners into shapes.  We used dental floss to hang them (but you can use any type of string or thread).

In a large bowl, add three tablespoons of Borax for every one cup of boiling water.  Stir until dissolved.  You will need enough water to completely submerge your ornament, so make sure you keep your 3:1 Borax to water ratio as you add more.  Hang the ornaments from a pencil or ruler and submerge them in the solution.  It is best if they don't touch the sides/bottom of the bowl.  It doesn't take long for the crystals to start forming, but we generally leave them overnight.

Try other shapes, too...

This is fun!


  1. love this little "science experiment"- i am thinking little egg shapes for easter or little spring flowers to hang on a "hand made" natural tree- a couple of nice branches stuck into a foam piece in a pretty vase or bucket.
    i'll let ya know what we come up with and link back to your post from my blog!

  2. This is one of my favorites -- I'll be super curious to see them as eggs or flowers...we may have to try this again!

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