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Crystal Hearts Made With Borax ~ Preschool Valentine Craft

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I was searching Pinterest looking for Valentine’s craft for Katie and me to do. I found this simple but I thought amazing craft on Pinterest. I had all the ingredients on hand since I make my laundry soap which calls for borax.

My first thought was is Borax safe? So I did a little research and found out it is fine to work with.

Of course, DO NOT inhale or ingest any of the borax!

This craft is cool, it also includes a little science.  It was fascinating watching the colorful crystals form.

You’ll need: 

  •  1/3 cup Borax
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Popsicle sticks (I used pencils)
  • string
  • glass jars
  • boiling water
  • food coloring

1. Make the shapes with the pipe cleaners as you wait for the water to boil.

2. Use the string to tie the pipe cleaner shapes to the popsicle sticks or pencils.

3. Pour in the boiling water, then add the 1/3 cup of borax. Stir until completely dissolved.

We added red food coloring to the white heart’s jar.

Lower the pipe cleaner shapes into the jars after all the borax has dissolved.

4. Leave to set at least overnight.

We did this on a Sunday and the kids came back over on Monday night and took them out.

5. Let them dry for a little bit on paper towels.

6. See how nice and pink the one with the food coloring turned out? This one was Katie’s favorite. She is going to give it to her Mommy, shhh… don’t tell.

7. We cut off the string and added a pretty ribbon so we can hang them up.

Have you ever made crystal shapes with borax?

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