How-To: Make Borax Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

How-To: Make Borax Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science.  Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!  

First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me.  She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused.  If you're the same way, or actually have kids to amuse, let's see what we'll need to get this little holiday experiment going.

created at: 12/09/2010


  • 12 inch pipe cleaner
  • craft stick
  • 26-28 gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • 3 cups very hot water
  • 9 tablespoons borax
  • empty quart container
  • food coloring (optional)

Once you've gathered up your supplies, head on over to the Martha Stewart blog to see how these crystals take shape.  Also, it's worth mentioning that different types of pipe cleaner can be used for different effects (think metallic tinsel, etc.).  Adding food coloring or leaving the snowflake in the solution for more or less time will also create unique results.  Play around and experiment to see what you like best!

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Anonymous on Nov 17, 2013:

replacement for pipe cleaners PLEAE?!?!?!?!

Cynthia on Nov 17, 2012:

if you use sugar instead of Borax, they are also edible. I believe its 1 cup water to 4 cups sugar.....boil until disolved. :)

CapreeK on Jan 25, 2011:

Volunteer Parent - Oh, that's very good to know, though I'm sad you had to find out the hard way! :(

volunteer parent on Jan 25, 2011:

we tried this in my daughters 2nd grade class as a xmas craft.  i bought some red glitter pipe cleaners this time.  It did not work.  I was so disappointed for the kids.  i've made this before using the white pipe cleaner and it turned out awesome.  this time with the red, the crystals didn't even attach to the pipe cleaner.  the crystals all formed at the bottom of the container.  next time i'm sticking with the white pipe cleaners.

CapreeK on Dec 10, 2010:

Right?  I wish I had an army of creative minions!

elseajane on Dec 10, 2010:

This looks like fun, leave it to Martha to think up such great things.

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