29 Nov

Flake Out

No snow? No problem! We made a bunch of these Borax snowflakes, so we’re all set for our California winter.


Full instructions are here, and they are, of course, super cheap and easy (it’s just Borax and water!), which is the exact opposite effect you get from these super fancy snowflakes when you hang them on your tree or in a window, or use them to pretty-up plain gift wrapping because you accidentally bought an industrial-sized roll of kraft paper that will last into the next millennium, genius.







Remember when I went through a spray-everything-gold phase? Now I can’t stop crystallizing things in Borax.

(The baby tried to crystallize himself in Borax, which I don’t recommend, not only because you’ll have to call poison control but because it doesn’t even work.)

borax crystal snowflake diy Christmas craft

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  • What is the secret to this?? I have tried it twice now and didn’t work either time.. :(


    • Hmmm. That’s weird. There isn’t really a secret to it.

      Did you boil the water and make sure the Borax was dissolved? Did you leave the snowflake in overnight, or maybe even longer? Were you using regular (i.e., uncoated) pipe cleaners? Was your jar away from a heat source (because I’m guessing it wouldn’t work well if the water was too warm)?

      If none of those things is the solution, I don’t know what to tell you. :/

      • From the queen of failed science experiments… they have to remain bump free while they crystalize! Don’t put where the cat will knock into them, where the washer spinning out will vibrate them, near a door that is often opened and closed, etc. Been there, done that :-)

        • Yes, good advice!

  • How much borox and how much boiling water? Do you put snow flake in when water is cool or warm?

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  • Hi. I wonder what Borax is. I live in Norway and haven’t heard about it.

    • Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. (Wikipedia)

      In America it can be purchased as a Laundry detergent booster “Borax”. Try Amazon.com for purchase. It’s very inexpensive, usually under $5 fpr 5 lbs.

      The Science behind this crystallizing affect is Amazing.

      I’ve done this activity Over and Over with grandchildren and they are Delighted every time.

  • How much borax and water and whn do u put the pipe cleaner in the water

  • I really want to do this with my boys but as some of your other readers have mentioned, there are a few details missing from your instructions. Do you wait for the water to be cold? How much borax to how much water, or do you just follow the instructions on the box?

  • If you use colored water will the crystals form in color as well?

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  • Hiya, I live in the UK and we don’t have borax here , what would be an alternative to use ?

  • Hiya , I live in the UK and we don’t have Borax here . What would be an alternative to use ?

  • This Borax substitute is available on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clear-Natural-500g-Borax-substitute/dp/B0027ICKCY. I have no idea if it will work, since the ingredients are likely different. (Apparently the UK has restrictions on certain borate products for some reason.) If you try it out, I’d love it if you’d report back. There are likely a few UK readers here, and my own in-laws live in England, so I’d love to pass the info along to them as well. :)

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  • Do these snowflakes hold up? If I was to decorate my tree with them would they last the full holiday season or would they fall apart ….slowly and all on my tree skirts and rug?

    • They hold up! I made these years ago and they look as good as the day I made them. Just make sure they don’t get wet, and I’d avoid storing them somewhere that gets really hot.

  • Thank you for answering my previous question. I have started a few stars in the borax mixture….fingers crossed they will come out. Question is….can you reuse the mixture? Can it be reheated and reused? I havent seen the results yet of the stars but seems one of the biggest problems is finding containers, pots etc that fit the stars. I would like a varied size of stars and of course the small ones are easy to place in a container but the larger ones arent. Thanks in advance.

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