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Borax Snowflakes

Borax Snowflakes

No snow where you live?  No problem!  I want to show you how you can make beautiful borax snowflakes at home.  Do you have boring old white snow lying around everywhere?  You can make snowflakes in bright and bold colors to liven your mood.  This post contains affiliate links.

What you’ll need:

  • Borax laundry detergent booster
    –Water
  • String
    –Scissors
    –Measuring cup
    –Empty container
    –Food coloring (optional)
    Popsicle stick or pencil
    Pipe cleaners (I love this pack because it has such a variety of colors and even has metallic ones!)

Directions:

Step 1.  Shape your pipe cleaners into snowflakes.  You can be as creative as you want here but simple is lovely too.  Keep in mind here to not make your snowflake wider than your container.

Step 2.  Use the string to tie your snowflakes and stick/pencil together.  Make the string long enough to fully submerge your snowflake in the Borax.

Step 3.  Mix your Borax with boiling water. 1/3 cup of Borax to 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the Borax has dissolved.  To add color to the crystals you can add 15-25 drops of food coloring here.  I’ve always wanted to try adding glitter to the mix but I haven’t yet.  If you give it a try come back and let me know how it goes!

Step 4.  Submerge your snowflake in the Borax solution, resting the stick across the top of the container.  Adjust string if needed to keep snowflake in the center of the container and not touching any side.

Step 5.  Place in a location where it won’t be disturbed and carry on with your day.

How to Make Borax Snowflakes

Step 6.  The next morning come back and you will have beeeaaaautiful borax snowflakes!  Hang them on your tree, tie them to gifts, or hang them from the ceiling.  Whatever you do with them, enjoy!

DIY Borax Snowflake

Oh, I almost forgot!  To grow a second snowflake from the same solution, and trust me, you’ll want to, simply reheat the solution directly in the container in the microwave until all of the borax has redissolved {around 4-6 minutes}. Then, repeat the steps above.


Colored Ice Balls

Colored Ice Balls

What you need:

  • – Balloons
  • – Food coloring
  • – Freezing temps {or a freezer}
Instructions:
  1. Put a few drops of food coloring inside your balloon {mixing colors is fun too}, fill with water, tie water balloon  and shake gently to mix the color(s).
  2. Place the balloons outside in freezing temperatures or in a freezer for around 12-24 hours to freeze.
  3. Use scissors to cut the top of the balloon off and simply peel the balloon off your beautiful ice ball.

Warning:  Your fingers will turn the color of the ice ball when holding it.  Black gloves or paper towels are recommended for transporting them around.

Slight Variations:

  • – Check out the cute yard decor my friend Robyn from The Neighborhood Moms created with her kids.
  • – When I told Trisha from Mom Dot about this post she recommended adding Kool-aid instead of food coloring so the kids could lick the ice balls.  That definitely sounds like a fun thing to do with ice balls in the summer!

With all the school closings across the country going on now, this might be a great time to make colored ice balls with your family.  If you or your kids give this a try let us know how it turns out!

I saw this idea featured on another blog back in the summer and they said that they first saw it on flickr a few years ago.  I don’t know who came up with this idea originally {if it was you, let me know!} but I think it’s a fun one!