Even if you do not live in a place where it snows, you can still have a beautiful crystal snowflake decoration.
The following items are needed:
1 wide mouthed jar
3 pipe cleaners
Borax (20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster; not Boraxo as it will not work)
Blue food coloring (optional)
First place the pipe cleaners down so the centers cross and six different points are made from the three pipe cleaners. Align them so each pipe cleaner created an even “arm” on the figure.
Twist the center of the pipe cleaners together. Make sure that the figure fits into the jar. If it does not, cut the arms down so that the figure does fit into the jar.
Tie the string around the entire figure so that it makes a frame around the outside of the pipe cleaners. The figure should now look like a snowflake. Trim the extra string.
Tie a few inches of string to one of the pipe cleaners. Now, take the pencil and make sure that it can sit over the mouth of the jar without falling into it. If it falls into the jar, get a longer pencil. Once a pencil is found that can be used, tie the other end of the string to the pencil so the snowflake hangs from it. Put the snowflake into the jar and lay the pencil on top of the jar. If the snowflake touches the bottom of the jar, adjust the string on the pencil so the snowflake hangs in the jar. Now take the snowflake out of the jar.
Have an adult pour boiling water into the jar. Once that is done, add borax to the water. It needs to be a supersaturated solution. This means that you should see borax at the bottom of the jar of water and have it not dissolving. An estimation is that you will need three (3) tablespoons of borax for every one (1) cup of water.
If you want a bluish snowflake, add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water.
Hang the snowflake in the jar by lowering it into the jar and having the pencil rest on top of the open mouth of the jar.
Wait at least over night. In the morning, the snowflake should have crystals on it.
This happens because as the water cools, less of the borax can dissolve and it forms crystals on whatever is in the water.
This activity can also be done with supersaturated sugar water on a piece of string to make rock candy.
Caution! Adult supervision is needed at all times while this craft activity is in progress. Also, some people are allergic to borax.