Once again, I found my inspiration via Pinterest! The minute I saw the Shamrock Crystals tutorial from Housing a Forest I knew we had to try making our own Borax crystal ornaments.
-containers (I used glass jars, drinking glasses and plastic food storage containers)
-string or wire
-pencils or wooden spoons
I made shamrocks, four leaf clovers and rainbows from the pipe cleaners. I used white pipe cleaners on the ends of the rainbows to hold all the colors together. I wrapped them around and cut the ends off to make them look like clouds.
Tie one end of the string to the pipe cleaner shapes, the other end onto pencils and wooden spoons and rest the pencils on the edges of containers. Make sure the pipe cleaners have plenty of room and do not touch the sides or bottom of the container.
I found that larger containers can easily accommodate more than one ornament. Just make sure they do not touch each other, the sides or bottom of the container (they might stick together).
Add 1/2 cup Borax for every 3 cups of boiling water. Stir until water is clear and carefully pour into the containers.
The first time we made these we let them sit for 24 hours and the second time just overnight. The extra 10 hours did not result in more or bigger crystals and batches look the same. Crystals grow on the bottom and up the sides of the container but easily rinse out with hot water.
Carefully cut the strings off, let dry and enjoy!