Make my borax crystal letters with your kids! Here’s how to make borax crystal letters. You only need a few ingredients and the final product is adorable.
Over the weekend I wanted to grow crystals with Kayla and Blake. We started by twisting pipe cleaners into funky little shapes and growing some basic borax crystals. They were cute and the kids were excited. While cleaning up I started trying to make something of the extra pipe cleaners Blake had twisted into tangled little messes.
Without thinking, I started twisting them into letters. First a K, then an A… each time I realized I could make another letter I became more excited and started spelling out both Blake and Kayla’s names. The end result? Some seriously cool personalized crystal letters.
Want to make your own borax crystal letters? Here is what you’ll need:
- brightly colored pipe cleaners
- heat safe glass vessels
- thread or fishing line to hang the letters from
- some wood skewers or pencils
You’ll also need:
- boiling water (this electric kettle makes my life easier on a daily basis!)
- paper towels
BUT there are a few tips to keep in mind if you want your crystal letters to look like these.
You’ll want to double up your pipe cleaners. I used only one pipe cleaner per letter, but as I was forming the letters I was sure to double up the pipe cleaner throughout the entire letter. Therefore my letters were more plump and tight before they went into the borax mixture. Because the crystals have more surface area to cling to you’ll get larger, more impressive crystal letters.
See – learn from my mistakes!
Next, plan an appropriate heat safe vessel to grow your crystals in. For me, that means using Pyrex. You’ll want glass if you want your kids to be able to see the crystals growing. Which of course is half the fun. I think this is the best deal out there on a set.
Attach your pipe cleaner letters to a small dowel, skewer or in my case wooden pencil complete with bite marks. Yep. I couldn’t find a single pencil that Kayla hadn’t nibbled on. Lovely, right?
Boil a few cups of water (an electric kettle makes this super easy to multi-task) and pour into the measuring cup. Dissolve approximately 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. You’ll want to super saturate the water by making it take on as much borax as possible. A super saturated mixture means lots of crystal growth rather than a few measly ones.
Lay your pencil or skewer on top of the measuring cup and be sure the pipe cleaner letters are not touching the sides, bottom of the cup or each other. They need room to grow crystals.
Now, here’s the hardest part. LEAVE IT ALONE.
That’s right. You all need to just let it be and do its thing. May I suggest starting this project right before movie night or game night? This way everyone moves on to an activity and afterwards they should be able to see a little bit of growth. When they wake up in the morning you should have fully grown crystals that look like the ones above.
Simply snip them off the strings, let them dry a bit on some paper towels and you’ll have the best crystal letters!
Want to save my borax crystal letters for later? You can pin the image below and it will be waiting for you.