Monday, November 29, 2010
Day 1: Grow Sparkling Crystal Ornaments
Welcome to the first day of The Twelve Days of Homemade Christmas here on Homemade Mamas! The first project we want to share is this one we found on Education.com - Growing Crystal Ornaments! This project was one that definitely caught our eye, as we have kids that are crazy about science and Christmas, so finding a way to combine both was wonderful! And it was so easy...and a little magical!
What you need:
Next, boil your water. Carefully pour the water into the glass containers and then add your Borax (start with about 4 tablespoons). If you want, you can have your kids carefully stir the borax into the water - just remember that it's going to be hot! once the Borax is dissolved, check and see if there is sediment at the bottom of the glass. If not, add more Borax and stir.
Tie a string around your pipe cleaner shapes and then tie them to the pencil. Then lower the pipe cleaner shape into the glass, resting the pencil on top to keep it from falling in. Make sure that the pipe cleaner shape does not touch the bottom of the container (if it does, pull your shape out and shorten up the string).Let your containers sit undisturbed for 24 hours. Crystals should start to form in an hour or two as the water cools down. You can tell your kids that the hot water is able to hold more of the Borax, so as the water gets cold Borax is released and crystals form on the pipe cleaners!
After 24 hours (or earlier if you are impatient), pull your new ornaments out of the liquid, dry them off, and admire their crystally, frosty beauty!These not only make pretty ornaments, but would be lovely hanging in a window or tied to a package!