Kids Craft – Icy Snowflake

Nothing is more beautiful than the snowflakes God makes, and this craft will remind you of how wonderful His creations are! However, since it involves boiling water and borax, be sure to ask a grown-up for help, okay?

What you Need

  • 3 2 3/4-inch pieces of pipe cleaner
  • wire cutter pliers (old scissors will do)
  • needle-nose pliers
  • borax (sold as 20 Mule Team Borax in laundry detergent section of stores)
  • boiling water
  • food coloring
  • a pencil or a twig
  • string
  • a tall, wide-mouthed 1-quart container or jar

What you do:

  1. Snip pipe cleaners into 3 2 3/4-inch pieces, and twist them together into a snowflake.
  2. Add snowflake “tips” by twisting 11/4-inch pieces of pipe cleaner at each point of the snowflake.
  3. Make a small loop on one tip, and tie a piece of string or thin wire through it.
  4. Tie the other end of the string or wire to a pencil, or twig, leaving enough for the snowflake to be submerged in the borax solution. (Check first to make sure your snowflake will fit in the container without touching the sides or the bottom).
  5. Place 9 tablespoons of borax in your container, and add 3 cups of boiling water and a few drops of your favorite food color. (Remember to get an adult to help with the boiling water).
  6. Mix your solution thoroughly. (If you have borax left on the bottom, this will grow crystals, too).
  7. Hang your snowflake in the solution so it is completely submerged, making sure it doesn’t touch the sides or the bottom.
  8. For smaller crystals, leave it in the solution for 6 hours. For larger crystals, re-heat the solution in the microwave for five or six minutes and resubmerge the snowflake for another 6 hours.
  9. Hang them up in a window, or place them where they can be seen. (But keep them out of the hands of babies and pets since it can be toxic if they eat it!).
    Try different food colors, or make a bunch! They make great gifts, too!
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