Easy Borax Crystal Christmas Ornaments

Disney Crafts - Borax Crystal Ornaments & Decorations

Disney Craft Home Made Christmas Ornaments
You're in the right spot to learn how to make cheap and easy Borax Crystal homemade Christmas ornaments. The best thing is that it only takes about 24 hours for the crystals to form which makes this Christmas ornament idea a great craft for kids or adults. We were able to buy a big box of Borax and a package of 100 pipe cleaners (Fuzzy Sticks) for less than $10 at Wal-Mart, which means that you can make a lot of cute, inexpensive ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts to grandparents, teachers, music instructors, and friends. The blue Star-of-David makes a easy Hanukkah decoration.


Here's What You Need for this Easy Christmas Craft

You will need:

Pipe cleaners (Fuzzy Sticks)

A solution of 3 Level Tablespoons of Borax to each cup of boiling water.

Glass or plastic containers

Sticks or pencils to suspend ornaments in the solution

Stir the Borax and water to dissolve but don't panic if all of the Borax does not completely dissolve in the boiling water - this is normal. I found it easiest to to mix several cups of water and Borax solution in a pitcher or large measuring cup with a pour spout because I use different sized containers for different sized ornaments. I pour the mixed solution into the containers with the ornaments.

 

Borax Crystals Easy Kid Craft


Form Your Handmade Christmas or Chanukkah Ornament

Forming a Disney Home Made Christmas Ornament
Take a pipe cleaner and form your Christmas ornament. You can use more than one pipe cleaner - just twist the the new one on at the appropriate spot. Cut off any excess - we save trimmed pieces to add colorful accents to our ornaments. You can twist two colors together - we twisted green and red together to form a Christmas stocking; red and white was twisted together to make a candy cane. If necessary, use some sewing tread to attach an accent piece to your base ornament. Be sure to trim extra bits away - the crystals form on everything. Our Mickey Mouse ornament takes about 1-1/2 pipe cleaners - the first makes the head and one ear, then we twist on a second pipe cleaner to form the second ear. Twist tightly so you don't have overly thick places on your finished ornament.


Submerge Your Christmas Ornaments into the Borax Solution

Loop a piece of sewing thread through the ornament and around a pencil, stick or similar item and completely submerge it in a glass or plastic container filled with the Borax solution. Crystals will form on the bottom and sides of the container so make sure there is a little space all the way around the ornament so it doesn't attach to the container. We suspended some larger ornaments in shallow square containers so that we wouldn't need huge amounts of the Borax solution - just be sure the piece isn't resting on the bottom. Try not to wiggle or disturb the ornaments while crystals are forming.
Christmas Craft - Hand Made Christmas Ornaments

Let Crystals Form on Your Ornaments
Borax Crystals - Easy Craft For Kids
As the water cools, crystals will begin to form and attach to the ornament in just a few hours. This is perfect for those of us who like to see results quickly. Because I'm impatient, I keep a small flashlight near the containers so that I can check progress without disturbing the containers. I like to make the ornaments in the afternoon, so that I can begin to see the early crystals before bed but then they can keep forming all night long while I sleep and am not tempted to fiddle with them. I'm always excited to jump out of bed in the morning to take a look at the ornaments. Leave them in their containers all day while you're at work or school and remove them from the solution about 24 hours after your started the project. I hold them over the containers until they stop dripping and then lay them on plates to continue drying. A thin film of small crystals formed on the top of our shallow, square containers - we skimmed that off with a plastic spoon before removing the ornaments. You can add thread or ribbon loops to hang ornaments on the tree.

Homemade Ornament Tips & Tricks

Remember that anything submerged in the solution will have crystals form over it. Don't use thread or string of a contrasting color to suspend the ornaments unless you're okay with that being part of the final project.

In the photo to the left, we attached the bows to the Disney ornaments prior to submerging them - we don't try to add little accent pieces after they are crystalized.

Enjoy your ornaments this year but don't expect them to last forever - crystals will become cloudy over time.

Warning: This project is so easy that it makes a great kids craft but be sure that they undertand that these are not to be licked or eaten. The ornaments may look like those sugar crystal candy sticks to some kids.

Disposing of the Borax solution: Borax is a cleaning product so I just dump the solution and crystals into the toilet and give the bowl a good swish with my toilet brush before flushing. I've also poured one containers worth at a time into the washing machine and washed my laundry as usual. Containers can be safely washed in the dishwasher and reused.

Disney Crafts - Make Easy Disney Ornaments


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