These crystal hearts are a fun craft to do with the kids for Valentine’s Day. Even adults have fun with this one. I personally love watching the crystals grow.
You can make them overnight or start them in the morning and watch them grow throughout the day. Making them only involves two simple ingredients! Borax and water! Easy peasy. 🙂
So I will be sharing with you here below how to make borax crystal hearts!
What you will need:
- Pint mason jars (Any glass jar will work)
- Pipe cleaners in various colors
- String or twine (I used fishing line)
- Craft sticks, straws or pencils
- Measuring cups
- Wire cutters
Once you have all your supplies complete the following steps:
- Shape your pipe cleaners into hearts. You want them to easily fit into the mason jars, so keep that in mind while shaping them. (Remember crystals will be growing on them, increasing their size.) Trim off any ends with wire cutters.
- Boil the water, enough to fill however many mason jars you have. Once boiled fill the mason jars with water, leaving room to add the Borax.
- Stir in 1/3 cup Borax per mason jar. The water should be mirky, not clear. If it is clear add more Borax till your water is cloudy, even with stirring.
- Using your string or twine, tie the hearts to the craft sticks, pencils, or straws. 1 per stick. You want the length of the string to be long or short enough to suspend the heart in the water fully submerged, but not touching the bottom.
- Place the hearts into the Borax water, 1 per jar, centered. The stick should be laying across the top of the jar suspending the heart.
- Leave them over night, or all day, to develop crystals. Make sure they are not growing too big. You won’t be able to get them out of the mouth of the jar.
- When they are done remove them and let them dry.
- Once they are dry, embellish them how ever you like (optional). String them to hang, make a bunch to put in a bowl, make garland, give them away, whatever you like.
There you have it… A fun valentine’s day craft for the whole family!
Have you ever tried making Borax crystals? If not I hope you will give these a try and that you have as much fun with them as we did!
Happy crafting and let me know what you think! xx