I love how these crystal snowmen catch the light of the low winter sun.
These snowmen are our version of the traditional borax Christmas ornaments. I used white pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) to represent the snowmen: one per ornament/sun catcher.
The above photo shows how we made them. They were pretty easy for my 3-year-old to help with.
We took one stick and made it into a circle, twisting the ends around each other to seal the shape. Then we twisted it a little over a third of the way up to create the bottom circle of the snowman, and again to create the torso and head.
I tied some thread to the top of the snowmen and wrapped that thread around the handle of a spoon that fit over a wide, 1 liter measuring cup. You can do just one ornament in a smaller glass, but I wanted to do two at a time.
Make sure you have a enough room to hang the snowmen, then take them out of the glass. Fill the glass with water and boil it in the microwave, or add boiling water from another source. Mix in the borax and stir gently, then put the snowmen back in. Let it sit overnight. Done!
pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup borax
After sitting overnight, dump out the water. If the crystals that formed on the snowmen attached to crystals on the bottom of the glass, simply chip them gently away with a fork. Then, unravel the thread from the spoon and tie a loop to attach to suction cups for a window or a hook for a tree ornament.
What kind of borax ornaments have you made?
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