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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Crystal Pipe Cleaner Shamrock Tutorial

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
Want to come out and play?!
OK.  How about making crystal shamrocks?
 Very simple.  Inexpensive.  And the kids
will get a big kick out of it!
 All you need are:
A large glass jar
Pipe cleaners
A wooden dowel or even a stick will do
Optional:  food coloring
 First, shape your pipe cleaners into
your desired shape.  Since I ran out
of green, I chose to make a snowman
out of white ones.  This is where
kids have a lot of fun coming up
with all kinds of different shapes.
 Next, pour about 3/4 cup of Borax
into the mason jar.  Then add BOILING water
and dissolve.  You can add food coloring
during this part and of course, once the
boiling water is in the glass jar, make
sure the children don't touch it.
 Tie a piece of string/twine around
your shape and hang it from the dowel.
Then drop it into the water, making sure
that it's not touching the sides or bottom. 
Also, make sure the top is completely
covered so that crystals can form
evenly all over the shape.
 By the next morning, your
pipe cleaner should have crystallized.
This part really excites the kids
and to be honest, it brought a
big smile to my face too!
I added another pipe cleaner as
the hanger.  These look very pretty
hanging in the window. 
Don't be afraid of the Borax!
If you don't add enough,
you'll be disappointed to find
only a few crystals attached to your
pipe cleaner.    Have fun!


  1. I love the idea of using Borax to make crystals. Well done!

  2. Great idea I bet the kids were thrilled how it looked the next day...you do make sure you play more!

  3. Fun! So good to hear from You again.You remind Me of Me when I was young.....the fun things You do with and for Your Children.Best times of life :) ENJOY