This is such a fun project to do in inclement weather or when your kids have a little downtime. Using a few household items, your children can create crystallized ornaments and trinkets in no time.


Borax powder
Hot water

Clean and empty jars (large enough to accommodate your design)
Long spoons
Pipe cleaners
Wooden sticks or straws

  1. Have your children create designs out of pipe cleaners. 
  2. Parents, heat 2 – 3 cups of water per jar (depending on size) in a pot. Bring just to a boil and let cool for a few minutes before working.
  3. Let children measure 3 tablespoons of Borax per 1 cup of water. (we used 9 tablespoons for 3 cups for each jar)
  4. Pour the water into the jars and stir using a long spoon until combined with the Borax. Help your child as it will be hot!
  5. Attach the pipe cleaner designs to a wooden stick or straw.
  6. Gently lower the pipe cleaner designs into the jars and rest the wooden stick across the top of the jar.
  7. Place jars where they will not be disturbed and wait at least 24 hours until the shapes have crystalized. They may start forming within a few hours.

Have fun!