Friday, December 3, 2010

Crystal Snowflakes

It's that time again...
...time to find activities to keep little hands busy when it's too cold to play outside.
We're thankful for all the creative, crafty geniuses who are so willing to share their ideas!

Thanks to Martha Stewart's Craft Department, here's our favorite project from this week:

Martha Stewart has a great tutorial, but I'll attempt to give you 
a feeble 
a personalized one, too!

1.  Take a 12 in. pipe cleaner and cut it in thirds. 
(approx. 4 in. pieces)

2.  Twist pipe cleaners into snowflake shape and trim ends to 
1 1/2 to 2 in.
 Make a small loop on the longest end.  
Thread string or wire through the hole and attach to a craft stick.

 3.  Purchase Borax soap--only the 20 Mule Team brand will work.
(This was only $2.99 at Wal-mart.)

4.  Measure out nine tablespoons of soap into a quart container.

5.  Heat three cups of water to very warm--but not boiling.

 (Take cheesy pictures while water heats...)
6.  Pour hot water in container and dissolve soap.
Carefully hang snowflakes in water--adjust so snowflakes don't touch the container.

7.  Wait...and wait...and wait...

8.  Make more snowflakes and submerge in borax/water solution while waiting...
(snowflakes won't grown quite as big when more than one is added to the solution)

9.  Come back eight to twelve hours later for a full grown sparkly snowflake!
(Wait until Daddy gets home to let him explain the science behind the growing snowflakes!)
Sparkly fun!

What's your favorite winter or Christmas craft?


Joel, Heide, Lydia & Tessa said...

So cute. I may have to do this with the girls. They will think it is so cool.
Thanks for the idea.

peter marie said...

FUN!! gonna steal this one...

(you're a great mom, ya know?!?)

Any Christmas craft is fun in my book. We made some fun ornaments yetserday
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
3-4 tbl cinnamon
3/4-1 cup water.
Roll, cut, add a hole, bake at 350 for one hour, paint, add glitter (neither of which we did) and hang with string.

Anonymous said...

Those look so fun. I think my boys want to make them. I even have some borax in my laundry room. I wonder how much I have. :)

Amanda said...

You are genuis!! I love this idea! Did you tweet it?? I would totally retweet this for ya!


Erica said...

Love this idea! Thanks for taking the time to share.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

FUN! I think this might even be one Lily could handle!

Amber said...

This is FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing! I cant wait to give it a try!

Sarah said...

what a fun craft idea!

une autre mère said...

We'll be doing this one soon! Thanks for sharing! :)