DIY Borax Crystals
- White pipe cleaners (the fuzzier the better)
- Sewing thread
- ½ cup borax
- 2 cups boiling water
- ½ teaspoon food coloring
- Heat-proof glass jar
- Skewer or pencil
- Hot glue
- Decorative box
- To create the base for your crystal, twist a few pipe cleaners together and tightly coil them into a disc-like shape. It’s best not to leave any gaps between pipe cleaners, otherwise you might end up with gaps in your crystal.
- Cut a piece of thread and thread it through the pipe cleaner coil. Set aside.
- Bring water to a boil and pour it into a heat-proof glass jar or measuring cup.
- Measure ½ cup Borax and pour it into the jar.
- Add ½ teaspoon food coloring and stir until the Borax is completely dissolved. Your crystals won’t be as dark at the water, so add more food coloring to achieve a deeper hue.
- While the water is still very hot, dip the pipe cleaner coil into the Borax solution a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. Rest a pencil or skewer on the rim of the jar. Then tie the string around the skewer so that the coil is fully immersed but not touching the bottom.
- To get larger crystals, cover the jar with a plate or dish towel. Then let sit overnight.
- Remove the crystal from the solution, pat dry and cut off the string.
- Once the crystal has dried completely, use hot glue to affix it to the top of your jewelry box.
Recipe by Hello Nest at https://hellonest.co/diy-borax-crystal/