May 5, 2022

How to grow your own Crystals – Using Borax

How to Grow your own Crystals

A good friend of mine shared this experiment/craft with me a while back.  It’s so easy and fun!

What you’ll need –

  • Borax (found in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets)
  • Boiling water (Be very careful with this!)
  • Food Colouring
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • String
  • Glass containers

Step 1 – Make a shape using your pipe cleaner that will fit into your glass container & tie a piece of string around it and the popsicle stick.

Step 2 -Dissolve the borax into the boiling water (I used the ratio of 3 tablespoons of Borax to every 1 cup of water) and added just a few drops of food colour to each container.

Step 3- Carefully suspend the pipe cleaner shape into the borax solution and leave overnight to cool.

Step 4 – Carefully remove the crystallized pipe cleaner and allow to drip dry.

Step 5 – proudly hang your cool crystal ornament in a sunny place so you can watch it glisten.

What you'll need...
What you’ll need…
So easy and fun!
So easy and fun!

How to grow Crystals using Borax

What we learned from this experiment – as the dissolved Borax liquid cooled it started to crystallise along the pipecleaner therefore reforming into a solid form again.

We recently made a crystal bunny shape for Easter with a pompom tail (the tail was a fail! – it was too heavy and fell off lol). The only limit is your imagination and the size of the pipe cleaner & vase.

Louise x

Here are some other cool Science activities –

DIY Cork Rocket Experiment

How Plants Absorb Water 

Monster Slime

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