Homemade Crystal Ornaments

Our crystal snowflake

Our crystal snowflake

We found these snowflakes from Martha Stewart.  We shared the link on our facebook page a few days before Christmas, but I thought they were neat enough that they can be done anytime, in any design you or your little ones desire.  As usual, I like to try out the craft first so that I can get any kinks out of the way for you!

Here is my first tip: Gather your jars first!  We made gorgeous, large snowflakes.  And I had NO jars in which the snowflakes could even remotely fit.  Back to the virtual drawing board we went to make much smaller snowflakes.  We even had some hearts and some abstract designs!

What you’ll need:

Our snowflake is growing!

Our snowflake is growing!

  • Pipe cleaners
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Jar, with a loud mouth
  • Borax
  • Food coloring
  • Boiling water

What to do:

Make shapes with the pipe cleaners.  Tie it with string or ribbon to a pencil. Find a big enough jar so the suspended flake won’t touch the sides.  Fill with 3 tablespoons borax and 1 drop food coloring per 1 cup of boiling water. We used 2 cups of water/6 TBSP borax for a tomato sauce jar.  Hang the snowflake in the jar. Let sit overnight; remove.  We did this in the morning and they were finished by lunch time!

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Our snowflake is drying!

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