Borax Crystal Snowflakes
Grow a Borax Crystal Snowflake
Borax crystal snowflakes are easy and quick to grow, plus they have a big advantage over real snowflakes in that they don't melt! You can grow borax crystal snowflakes overnight as a fun crystal growing project or to make sparkling decorations.
Borax Crystal Snowflake Materials
Make Colored Snowflakes
Use colored pipe cleaners to get colored crystal snowflakes. Borax crystals don't accept dye, but the clear crystals over the colored pipe cleaners will make the crystals appear to be colored!
Make the Snowflake Shape
- Cut the pipecleaner into 3 equal lengths. It's okay if they aren't exactly the same length - you can trim them later.
- Twist the three pieces together at the center.
- Spread out the 'arms' of the snowflake and trim the ends with scissors to achieve the desired shape. I usually leave one arm intentionally long so that I can use it to hang the snowflake in the jar.
Crystal Growing Kits
Grow Borax Crystal Snowflakes
Here's what you do...
- Make sure the snowflake will fit inside the jar or glass you will be using to grow the crystals. Trim the pipe cleaner as needed.
- Suspend the snowflake from the top of the container. One easy way to do this is to bend the top arm of the snowflake around a butter knife or pencil. Once you are satisfied that the snowflake will hang inside the container, without touching the sides or bottom, remove it and set it aside.
- Fill the container with boiling water.
- Stir in borax a spoonful at a time until no more will dissolve. Three (3) tablespoons of borax per cup (8 ounces) of water works well. It's okay if there is a little undissolved borax at the bottom of the container.
- Hang the snowflake in the borax solution. Allow it to sit in an undisturbed location overnight.
- Remove the crystal-coated snowflake from the solution and hang it or set it on a paper towel to dry. Use the crystal snowflake as a decoration, if you like!
Borax Crystal Snowflake Video Tutorial
See how to grow borax crystal snowflakes using the same instructions featured in this lens.
If You Don't Have Borax...
then perform a substitution. Make a solution by dissolving as much Epsom salt, sugar, or alum as you can in the hot water. All of these chemicals produce clear non-toxic crystals.
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Borax Crystal Snowflake Video - See how it's done!
This is a time-lapse video showing the growth of borax crystal snowflakes.
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