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How To Make Crystal SnowFlakes With Borax

Learn how to make crystal snowflakes with pipe cleaners and Borax! These festive, sparkly snowflakes are fun to make and perfect to hang on the Christmas tree or in a window.

Borax Snowflakes

Adults and children will love this Borax Snowflake DIY! Borax and pipe cleaners are all you’ll need for this fun winter activity. The snowflakes have sparkly, glittering clusters that are made by dipping snowflake-shaped pipe cleaners into borax that has dissolved in boiling water. As the water cools and the snowflakes sit overnight the crystals form.

It is a fantastic process and so fun to wake up and see what has happened. I like to hang them on the tree, and they make great winter decor when Christmas is over. After Christmas I hang mine from my kitchen window, it makes a beautiful scene with the glistening snow outside.

You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I had the hardest time photographing these adorable snowflakes. My goal was to capture each shiny crystal and sparkle. I hope you have a good visual with these photos but they are much more detailed in person.

What You Will Need

White pipe cleaners

String or thread


Wide jar or vase anything large enough to fit your completed snowflake


Boiling water

Blue food coloring optional


Twist three 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaner together to form a snowflake, and add a ½ inch piece of pipe cleaner to each point, twisting to secure them in place. Get as fancy as you'd like when making your pipe cleaner snowflake. I added multiple layers of pipe cleaner, I like the snowflakes nice and full. Tie string or thread to the tip of your snowflake, having enough length to wrap it around a pencil for dipping. I bought a wide-mouth vase at Dollar Tree you don’t want the snowflakes to touch each other or the sides or bottom of the container you are using.

You can reuse the glass container, the crystals that will form and adhere to the glass will dissolve in hot water. Borax crystal snowflakes have minimal clean-up.

In a container add 3 tablespoons of Borax per 1 cup of boiling water, and add 1 drop of blue food coloring if you want blue snowflakes. The amount of Borax-water mixture depends on the size of the container you are using. The snowflake needs to be completely covered in water. Hang the snowflake in the container of the Borax-water mixture overnight. In the morning you will have crystallized snowflakes. Remove the snowflakes from the Borax-water mixture and lay them flat on a kitchen towel for a few minutes to dry out.

Check out these DIY snowmen made with cornstarch and baking soda. These festive snowmen bring a play-doh consistency and hours of fun. The snowmen will last for the season and complement your snowflakes beautifully.

I hope you have as much fun as we did making these beautiful Borax Snowflakes.

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1 commentaire

15 déc. 2021

So cute and easy!


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