Shape the pipe cleaners any
way you want - hearts, angels, stars, flowers, etc.
Pour boiling water into a wide mouth container (wide
enough to hang your ornament in so it doesn't touch
the bottom or sides). Add about a cup of Borax, less or
more depending on the size of your container and the amount
of water. A thick glass container works well, because you
can see the Borax dissolving. Add enough Borax so the water
is quite cloudy.
Suspend the ornament in the solution
by tying a piece of string or yarn to it. Tie the other
end of the string to a pencil, and then lay the pencil across
the top of your container. Make sure the pipe cleaner is
completely immersed in the solution and isn't touching
the sides or bottom of the container. As the solution cools,
the crystals will begin to form on your pipe cleaner. Leave
overnight. Remove from the solution and allow to dry.
Note: Overnight soaking will give you very thickly crystallized
ornaments. If you want some of the color of the pipe cleaner
to show through, leave in the solution for less time - as
little as 2 hours.
If you want, you can spray your
finished ornament with acrylic sealer or clear spray paint
to keep the crystals from falling off too quickly.
Some ideas on using these ornaments:
together to make a crystal mobile.
Hang on your Christmas
Attach to gift packages.
Glue to cardboard
backing to make a photo frame. Attach a strong magnet (the
ornament is heavier than most kitchen magnets) to the back.