Make your own Crystal Hearts

| February 14, 2013 | 15 Comments

Valentines day is approaching and we are all starting to see red and pink hearts on everything in the stores.  My kids are starting to get really excited.  My 5 year old can hardly wait to pass out little heart shaped papers to all her friends and get little valentine notes.  Her excitement reminds me of how much I liked this special day and sometimes when you get older you don’t see the holiday the same way you once did as a child.

I wanted there to be a bit of valentines magic in our house this year.  I searched for hours on Pinterest (your welcome!!)  to find what I thought was the coolest craft.

A few simple ingredients and you can make your own crystals!

A few simple ingredients and you can make your own crystals!

These are little hearts that you shape out of pipe cleaners and dip in a solution.   When you wake up in the morning they are fulled with beautiful crystals.  We are going to hang them up so the birds don’t bump into our windows.  Not only are they gorgeous but they are useful too!

 

What you need:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Wide Mouth mason jars
  • thread
  • Popsicle stick
  • boiling water
  • borax (found in the laundry section of your supermarket)
  • long spoon or stirring stick
  • ribbon for hanging

We started making cute shapes with the pipe cleaners.  This is something that kids can do too.  We made some heart shapes and a cute squiggle.  Tie a piece of thread around the pipe cleaner.  Attach the other end of the thread to the Popsicle stick so that the shape hangs in the jar and does not touch the bottom or sides and place them aside.

Some fun shapes you can make with pipe cleaners

Some fun shapes you can make with pipe cleaners

Pour boiling water into each jar and add a few tablespoons of borax, stir until powder is dissolved.  Continue adding a tablespoon at a time and continue stirring until the mixture becomes cloudy and solution is completely saturated with the borax.

shapes dipped in cloudy solution

shapes dipped in cloudy solution

Add your shapes to the jar and let it sit in a place where it will not be disturbed for 24 hours.

I took them out of the solution and let them dry.  I added some ribbons to the crystals so I can hang them from the windows.

These will look beautiful in our window!

These will look beautiful in our window!

As my crafty neighbor and I made these we thought about all the different things we could dip into the solution.  Pom poms, thread, yarn.  So many fun possibilities!  These would look beautiful in a shadow box or even as little toppers for gifts.

 

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*****Please keep a watchful eye around children with hot liquid and heating water on stove.  Borax is a soap product and may be harmful to children if ingested.  Please don’t let children handle crystals without supervision.  Please wash hands thoroughly after touching crystals.*****

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  1. julie says:

    Thanks! I tried it with some pom poms the other day. Used a needle and thread to string some pom poms on a line. I dipped them into the liquid and – to my surprise – they floated. I suggest putting a weight on the bottom of the pom pom line if you try it. they are hanging in my window now and they look really neat. like sugar coated candy disco balls- very cute! – Happy Crafting!

  2. Kaycee Mason says:

    These are really cute! Thanks for sharing. I bet they’d make some adorable Christmas decorations!

  3. Amy Lovell says:

    this is soo cool! Thanks would be great for valentines!

  4. Darlene Wissenz says:

    Another great idea for crafting with the grandchildren

  5. kathy downey says:

    thanks,this would be a great craft to make with the kids,actually i want to make it

  6. kathy downey says:

    Still have not found time to try these,maybe over the holidays

  7. kathy downey says:

    Finally done these we made the heart shaped,they turned out very nice

  8. kathy downey says:

    we made these on the last rainy weekend we just designed our own shapes

  9. kathy downey says:

    Its been awhile since we made these,must try over the holidays when they start getting bored

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