Thoreau, in all his wisdom, once said:
“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”
But Nature isn’t responsible for these gorgeous snowflakes – not directly anyhow.
Nope, these pretty creations are made out of just a few simple things:
- Pipe cleaners
- Twine or wire
- Stick or dowel
Now here’s how you make it all work:
- Cut 3 equal lengths of pipe cleaner and 6 smaller lengths. (My long pieces were about 5 inches before folding.)
- Twist the three long pieces together just enough to hold a star shape. Add one little piece to the end of each one to form that peace-sign shape you see.
- Tie your twine – I used white floral wire in mine – around the end of one spoke. This is your hanger, both in the crystal solution and on the tree (or wherever you choose to use them).
- Make the solution. 3 tbs. of Borax to every cup of boiling water is the ratio I used. Pour the mixture into a container big enough to hold the snowflake forms.
- Tie your snowflakes to the dowel and lower them into the hot solution. Let sit overnight and in the morning, you’ll have stunning crystallized snowflakes! The just take them out and hang to dry.
Twists: I made mine with white pipe cleaners and clear solution. But you could always experiment with a couple drops of blue food coloring or even blue or silver pipe cleaners. In fact, I may just do that!
If you don’t have Borax on hand, regular old table salt and even sugar will work. And if you feel like shopping, pick up some alum – it makes way cool crystals.
I’ve decided to use my little flakes as toppers for Christmas gifts, along with fancy poms (more on that to come).
How are you topping your gifts this year? Share a link, especially if you’ve made the snowflakes described here!