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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
*****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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