Thursday, December 1, 2011

Easy Snow Flakes To Make Just In Time For Your Holiday Season

You can also make them in clear, using white pip cleaners.

Good Evening friends,
Tonight I thought I would share with you a wonderful craft for making awesome snowflakes. They make great ornaments to hang on your prim trees, or even for hanging in a window is awesome! The things you could do with them our endless with a little imagination..... They are so easy to make and would make for a great craft with your child. I discovered this craft last holiday season while watching the Martha Stewart Show. After making a few of these.....I became hooked and before I knew it, I had enough for my whole tree and extras to add to my Holiday packages. I am including a link to Martha's site where you will find a video on how to make them. http://www.marthastewart.com/article/borax-crystal-snowflakes#ooid=ViOG9lMjqWOiVmMTNdfz7wOVYY3vxZPl

Tools and Materials
Wire cutters or scissors
12-inch pipe cleaner
Ruler
Small pliers
28-gauge wire
Craft stick
Borax
1-quart container
Hot water
Measuring cup
Food coloring (optional)
Coffee filter

Snowflakes How-To

1. Using wire cutters or scissors, cut 12-inch pipe cleaner into three 4-inch pieces and twist together to form a six-pointed snowflake pattern.

2. Trim 5 points of pipe cleaner snowflake to about 1.5 inches each. With small pliers, make a loop at the end of the longer, sixth point of snowflake.

3. To create ornament hanger, cut an 8-inch piece of wire, thread through small loop, and twist to secure. Wrap about 6 inches of the wire around the craft stick.

4. Add 9 tablespoons of borax to 1-quart container and dissolve completely in 3 cups of very hot water. To add color to the crystals, add 15 to 20 drops of food coloring to the growing solution.

5. Submerge pipe cleaner snowflake in the borax solution, resting the craft stick across the mouth of the container. Adjust length of wire so snowflake is completely covered in solution but not touching sides or bottom of container.

6. Cover setup with the coffee filter to keep dust out and place in a location where it will not be disturbed.

7. After 8 to 12 hours, when the snowflake has reached desired size, remove it from the solution and let it air-dry overnight. Once dry, hang the ornament using the attached wire.

8. To grow a second snowflake from this same solution, simply reheat the solution (and any other crystals that formed in the container) directly in the container in the microwave for five to six minutes or until all of the borax has redissolved. Then, repeat the steps above.

Untill next time friends.....
Big Hugs, Mary

5 comments:

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Sounds like fun! I may have to try these. Thanks for sharing.

Farmhouse prims said...

I love tutorials thanks for sharing Mary, these are beautiful! Hugs, Lecia

TheCrankyCrow said...

How fun are those?!! I don't think there's many kids who could resist "growing" a snowflake! I think they'd be gorgeous clear or in a prim off-white color....Thanks so much for sharing Mary! Now, to find some time to do this.....Happy December to you! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Carol Stuck said...

Hi Mary: Wow what a great tut!!!! I am going to try this one. I love new decorating ideas!!! Thanks so much for sharing this one.

holiday hugs!!!!
Carol

Angie Berry said...

My daughter made these in science class last year in 6th grade. When we were digging the ornaments out this year and putting them on the tree, I was surprised to see that it still sparkles! I thought the crystals would fall off after awhile but not yet. They are really pretty!