29 Nov
2013

Flake Out

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

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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.

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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.)

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16 Comments

  • […] These  borax snowflakes look like the real thing. Especially wonderful if you live somewhere that doesn’t have snow. […]

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

    Thanks

    • 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. :/

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

  • […] Borax snowflakes – the most amazing creation using 2 ingredients – pipe cleaners and borax! […]

  • […] Girl and a Boy: Borax Snowflakes (We’re definitely trying this. Science and crafts in […]

  • […] This one is fun and super easy to create, I found it on A Girl And A Boy’s blog. […]

  • 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?

Have at it!

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