I’ve seen many articles describing how to make a crystal. It’s one of those activities that kids LOVE, and I’ve been waiting to make some crystals with my girls for a while. With Easter coming I thought it would be really fun to see if we could make them in the shape of Easter eggs.
Materials for Making Crystals
- Pipe cleaners
- Bamboo Skewer (or similar object)
- Boiling Water
- Glass bowl or jar with large opening
How to Make a Crystal
We started making our crystals by choosing colors for our eggs. I formed the egg shape, and the girls helped bend the decorative part of the eggs.
Then we used a piece of string to tie the egg to the bamboo skewer. Measure to make sure it will hang into the container without touching the bottom.
Next we poured enough water into our bowl to cover the eggs completely. We used about six cups of water to fill our bowl. You could also use a large jar if you have one. We didn’t have one with a wide enough mouth to fit our eggs.
Once the water is in the bowl add Borax. Use 3 Tablespoons of Borax for each cup of water. We added a little over a cup of Borax to our six cups of water. Then we stirred so some of the Borax would dissolve. Don’t worry if it isn’t completely dissolved.
Place the pipe cleaner egg into the bowl so that it isn’t touching the bottom of the container. Let the skewer rest on the sides. Make sure the egg is fully submerged in the water. (We thought ours was, but it ended up being just a bit above the water so the crystals didn’t form completely around the top.)
Set the container where it can be observed but won’t get bumped or disturbed. Stop back to check on the progress from time to time. My kids loved seeing the progress throughout the day. We left our crystals for about 24 hours before my kids couldn’t wait any longer. As we slowly pulled the egg out of the water mixture the kids’ faces lit up with excitement.
The finished crystal Easter eggs are beautiful!
As if they weren’t excited enough we took the crystal outside to see how the light shines and they loved it even more. I think we’ll be making some different versions of these in the future!
When we made our Easter egg crystals I didn’t realize Housing a Forest also made some adorable Easter inspired crystals last year. Check out their variations…super cute!
Have you made Borax crystals with your kids? What kind did you make?
More Fun with Easter Eggs
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