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Making Crystal Snowflakes: A Holiday Craft for Kids

December 11th, 2013 Seasonal

When the holidays roll around, you might find yourself with a few extra kids around. Whether they're your own children, home from school on winter break, or nieces, nephews, cousins or grandchildren coming over for cookies and milk, a house full of giggling kids is often one of the perks of the season.

If you'll be playing host to some little ones this year, you'll want a way to keep them entertained. Making crystal "snowflakes" from household products is an easy, fun task that is sure to make kids of all ages smile - and might even surprise an adult or two. All you need are a few pipe cleaners, some string and borax.

Start by boiling a pot of water on the stove. Add three tablespoons of borax for each cup of boiling water, and feel free to add a few drops of food coloring if you'd like your crystal snowflakes to reflect the joy of the season. (Or, leave the food coloring out for pure white snow.)

While the mixture is heating, have kids twist and bend their pipe cleaners into a snowflake shape. Feel free to get creative - you can make snowballs, snowmen and other holiday decorations, like candy canes. Tie a piece of twine to each snowflake, then dip them into mason jars filled with the borax mixture. Leave them suspended overnight, making sure that the flake doesn't touch the sides or bottom of the jar - suspending them by a pencil resting on the jar lid is an easy way to keep them floating.

In the morning, kids will be shocked to find that their pipe cleaners have morphed into sparkling crystal snowflakes! These snowflakes make excellent Christmas decorations around the house and even look fabulous hanging as ornaments on the tree.