How to Make Homemade Crystals (Experiment W/ kids) Learn & Link WITH LINKY



My kids and I enjoy doing science experiments together. I have heard about making crystals before but never made them with the kids so we decided to make them. There is not much to it!


crystal experiment


Materials Needed:


Boiling Water

Glass Cup or container



Pipe cleaner 


Take a pipe cleaner and form it into whatever design up chose (ours was a snowflake) then tie the pipecleaner design to a piece of yarn on one end and on the other end tie the yarn to a pencil. Next I heated up my water in the microwave but you could use the stovetop as well (use enough water t fill a mason jar or a 8 oz. glass container). Then add 1/3 cup of Borax and mix. Then placed the pipecleaner into the water with the pencil rested over the top of the glass container.  Leave alone, do not keep taking out of the water to see if there are any crystals, within a few hours you should see some growing on the pipecleaner. I left our pipe cleaner in the water for a week and it was filled with a lot of crystals! Finally I cut the yarn away for our crystal and viola, instant crystals! 


The kids liked watched the crystals grow through the glass and then when it was time to take the pipe cleaner out of the glass container they couldn’t wait to see it up close and feel the crystals! 


crystals collage




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  1. Very cool and fun project.. and they look really amazing!

  2. Oh wow. I’ve always wondered how this was done! Thank you!!

  3. Wow, you are so creative! My kids would love to do something like this and this weekend would be the right time to do so since its going to be so cold. Thanks for sharing this!! Its really true Borax can be used for lots of stuff…lol

  4. That is really cool, my oldest would love to make these! Long weekend here and very cold, I think we’ll try this!

  5. We did this when I was in school years ago, it was a lot of fun!!! So neat to watch it develop crystals like that!!

  6. These look like so much fun! I saw someone made a heart for Valentine’s Day this way. I love that you can color them.

  7. we also grew crystals last week- yours came out nicer tho, LOL

  8. My son loves Science experiment so we will be trying this. Thanks

  9. My son loves Science experiments so we will be trying this. Thanks

  10. NO WAY!!! My boys would love this. I am totally going to try this!

  11. This is very cool!! I’ve heard people talking about growing crystals, but I never knew how to do it. I think my daughter will really love trying it!

  12. My daughter would have so much fun doing this. We always pick up the crystal kits at the store and loves it. Would be more fun to do it all ourselves. Cheaper, too!

  13. I am going to be doing this with my Cub Scouts group soon. I really like the way you did it. I think I can send it home with them so they can watch the crystals grow.

  14. This is awesome! I will have to try this with my son!

  15. So fun! My kids always love doing science experiments like this.

  16. That is so awesome! My son would totally love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to share it on my blogs facebook page πŸ™‚

  17. I love that! I’ve never done anything like this before. I think my son might still be a bit young for this project, but I’m looking forward to doing more and more activities like this with him as he grows older.

  18. Very cool and I can see why they’d be fascinated with this project.

  19. Wow flashback …
    we did this with my oldest when she was in grade 5 ( she’s in university now)
    We had so much fun!
    I totally forgot all about it!
    Love the purples πŸ™‚

  20. How cool, I did this when I was a kid…love it!

  21. What a fun project for the kids. I learned something new I had no idea you could grow crystals with borax. Thank you for sharing.

  22. That is so cool. You always do the neatest things.

  23. I did that with my students when I was a teacher, but we used salt. They are beautiful!

  24. What a fun idea! My little boy would love to make crystals and I can’t wait to try it with him.

  25. Interesting. I have everything needed and may just give it a try. My little one would really enjoy making these. Thanks for the awesome craft idea.

  26. What a fun experiment! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to try this!

  27. How fun! Love experiments and those look really neat!

  28. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a cool project. My kids would have loved doing this. I was never as creative as their friends’ moms!

  29. We used to make these when the kids were younger. They are a lot of fun and cool to look at too!

  30. This looks like a super fun science experiment to try! I know my kids would really enjoy this!

  31. That is really neat! I’ll have to try it with our kiddos!

  32. That looks like a really good science project for kids. Educational and safe – and resulting in fun mementos to keep around.

  33. Looks like fun and I think i have all the materials. will be trying this with my nephew.

  34. How neat! I’ve never heard of this. I can’t wait to try it out!

  35. That is really neat. Fantastic idea and experiment

  36. We are growing crystals for the science fair this year. Very cool.

  37. What a fun project!! I’m going to save this for years from now!

  38. We love making crystals! Last month we made some crystal dinosaurs, so much fun πŸ™‚

  39. This looks like so much fun! I would love to make these as an adult! πŸ™‚

  40. Very cool. We’ll have to try this on a rainy day.

  41. So fun! My daughter made these at a friends house a few months ago

  42. The colors of your crystals are great. My kids loved anything science related when they were school age.

  43. What a fun activity!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  44. Such a fun experiment. I remember both of my kids making crystals in their science class a few years ago. We had them hanging around for awhile. πŸ™‚

  45. we’ll be stuck home all weekend because one kid has a stomach bug and the other 2 are likely to get it (it’s going through town like mad) so we may be making our own crystals to pass the time

  46. This is so cool! I can’t wait to do this with our nephews.

  47. I have heard of doing this before, but I have never done it. This coming week our unit is J:Jewel, I think this would fit in so nicely, thank you for reminding me of it. Plus, we are doing lots of science experimenty stuff lately, so this also fits in nicely with that. If you get a chance I would love if you could stop by and link this up with Toddler Idea Tuesday.
    Have a great day!

  48. I totally forgot about how to make crystals! Thanks for sharing! The kids will LOVE making these! You are bringing back memories – I used to make these when I was little – as a child I had a chemistry set and this was one of the items to make in my set. Fond Memories – Thanks

  49. I saw these on Twitter and wanted to come take a look, so i’m glad to find them today. This is a very cool thing to do!

  50. This is awesome! My kids will love doing this!

  51. This is so cool. I remember making them when I was a kid. I have to do it with mine

  52. This looks like so much fun! My baby is too little for crafts but I could see my nieces and nephews having a blast with this. Thanks for sharing!

  53. These Look Like so Much Fun My Girls Will Love Making These!!

  54. My kids are going to love doing this!

  55. What a very cool science experiment turned into a craft. I love the pretty colors. Looks like fun, we will have to give it a try.

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