30 Days of Classroom Christmas Crafts and Gifts...Day 17: Crystal Snowflakes

 

Day 17: Crystal Snowflakes



I can't wait to try these!!  They look so cool!

Materials:
    • 1 wide mouth jar
    • 3 white pipe cleaners per snowflake
    • boiling water
    • borax (look in the laundry aisle for 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster)
    • pencil or pen
    • String
    • Food coloring (optional)
      Directions:
        1. To create a snowflake shape, twist the 3 pipe cleaners together in the center to make a 6-sided figure (picture an X with a line through the middle). Trim as needed so that the snowflake will fit easily into the mouth of the jar.
        2. Fill the jar 3/4 full with boiling water. Add 3 tablespoons of Borax for every cup of water that is used. Stir until completely dissolved. It is ok if some of the Borax settles in the bottom of the jar.
        3. You can now add food coloring to the water to create colorful snowflakes if you like.
        4. Tie the string to one of the ends of the snowflake and the other end of the string to the pencil. Dip the snowflake into the water making sure that the string is long enough to completely cover it with water.
        5. Rest the pencil across the top of the jar. Check to see that the snowflake floats freely not touching the sides or bottom of the jar.
        6. Let the jar rest, undisturbed overnight (at least 8 hrs). The result is a snowflake covered in shiny crystals!
          Tip:
          • Important: Adult supervision is needed when using boiling water and Borax. Please keep the Borax out of children's reach.
          Happy Crafting!!

          Find all the crafting ideas on my Pinterest Board.

          RECAP
          Day 1:  Glitter Ornaments
          Day 2:  Puzzle Piece Candy Canes
          Day 3:  Marshmallow Snowman Ornaments
          Day 4:  Christmas Tree Pots 
          Day 6: Hand Reindeer
          Day 7: Candy Cane Patterns
          Day 8: Reindeer Bells
          Day 9: Snowman Pencil Toppers
          Day 10: Sun Catcher Ornaments
          Day 11: Snow Globes
          Day 12: Gingerbread Man Cups 
          Day 13: Dry Snow Globe Ornament
          Day 14: Melted Snowman Ornament
          Day 15: Cupcake Ornament
          Day 16: Melted Snowman Ornament

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