What you will need:

  • Borax (available at the grocery store)
  • A white pipe cleaner (1 for each snowflake)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glass jar, about 500 ml
  • Hot water
  • Pencil or chopstick
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Tablespoon
  • Stir stick or spoon
  1. Cut the white pipe cleaner into three equal pieces.
  2. Twist the three pieces around each other at the centre to make a 6-point snowflake shape. The snowflake should easily fit in the jar.
  3. Cut a piece of string 20-25 cm long.
  4. Tie the string to one end of the snowflake. Tie the other end to the centre of the pencil or chopstick. Wind the string around the pencil until you have only 3-4 cm left.
  5. Fill the jar with boiling water. Be safe! Ask an adult to help you.
  6. Add 6 tablespoons of Borax to the boiling water, one at a time. Stir to dissolve the Borax in the water. (It’s okay if not all the Borax dissolves.)
  7. This is the time to add 2-4 drops of food colouring if you want coloured crystal snowflakes. Red or blue works best! Try different colouring or no colouring for varying results.
  8. Lower the snowflake in the solution, unwinding the string around the pencil until the snowflake is suspended in the solution. It should not touch the bottom or sides of the jar.
  9. Rest the pencil across the top of the jar.
  10. Put the jar in a safe place where it won’t be moved and leave it overnight. In the morning you will have a beautiful crystal-filled snowflake!