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Borax Crystal Snowflakes…FAIL

I have no idea why this week turned out to be a FAIL week for our projects but sometimes life just is that way. We promised to share our failures along side our successes. So here is another FAIL.

This is what you SHOULD end up with

photo courtesy of About

This is what I got

borax snowflakes

What I did wrong—I estimated rather than measured

Here is what you will need
measuring cup and spoon
Borax 20 mule team
bowl (pint size)
boiling water
pipe cleaner
food coloring (optional)

Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal parts and twist together

borax snowflakes

Attach string to each snowflake and hang using a pencil, make sure they do not touch the side or the bottom of the jar

borax snowflakes

Fill the jar with 1 pint of boiling water and carefully MEASURE 3 tablespoons of borax and stir until disolved. (you may add a drop or two of food coloring at this point). Set them aside for 24 hours and when you come back to them you WILL have pretty crystal snowflakes.

Just in case you are wondering, I have done this before and it did work. It was a FAVORITE of mine as a kid. I guess my babysitter knew the importance of measuring =)

So- have you done this? Let’s see your photos!


  1. Oh, how pretty. I was wondering how to make them. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  2. Other things could contribute with nothing on the pipe cleaner…be sure to set them where they will not be knocked around….don’t “check” on them by lifting; and be sure they are not in a very humid or very cold environment. The water needs to evaporate….tips from Cub Scout Day Camp!

  3. try using alum or sugar instead of borax….via martha stewarts “geode” egg activity.

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