Growing Borax Crystals

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August 6, 2019

Growing Borax Crystals - hanging crystalline circular shapeHere are some beautiful crystals made with borax. Instead of buying crystals, you can make your own in all shapes, sizes, and designs. You could even use some as decor. Patience is needed as it will take 2 days to form into crystals, but it's a fun process to document and watch!


Total Time: 2 days

Yield: As many as you want to make!


  • borax
  • funnel
  • water
  • pot
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • string
  • pencil
  • glass Jars


  1. Prep the pipe cleaners into your desired shape/object or letters that you would like your crystal to form.
  2. Example #1: You could a bend pipe cleaner into names. If you run out of pipe cleaner just tie together and continue like pictured.
  3. Growing Borax Crystals - bend the pipe cleaner into a name
    Growing Borax Crystals - child's name made with pipe cleaner
  4. Example #2: You could bend pipe cleaners into fun shapes or designs.
  5. Growing Borax Crystals - pipe cleaner rocket ship
    Growing Borax Crystals - circular abstract designs made with the pipe cleaners
  6. With the shapes, you will need to attach a string from the shape to a pencil (in the center) to sit over jar.
  7. Growing Borax Crystals - attach a string to the pipe cleaner
    Growing Borax Crystals - suspend from a pencil
    Growing Borax Crystals - lay pencil over a jar with the pipe cleaner down inside

  8. With letters since there is extra pipe cleaner, you could wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil (in the center) to sit over jar.
  9. Growing Borax Crystals - or wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil
    Growing Borax Crystals - shapes and names suspended
  10. Time to make your borax solution. This is a trial and error step. For every cup of water, add about 3-4 tablespoons of borax. Stir together until the water becomes clear and the borax is dissolved.
  11. Growing Borax Crystals - pan of water on stove
    Growing Borax Crystals - boiling water
    Growing Borax Crystals - boiling water with dissolved borax stirred in
  12. Pour the solution into a jar and cover with Saran Wrap.
  13. Growing Borax Crystals - pour mixture into the jars
    Growing Borax Crystals -cover with plastic wrap

  14. Find a safe spot to place your jars and wait until crystals start to form!
  15. Growing Borax Crystals - store in a safe spot and watch crystals begin to form
    Growing Borax Crystals - crystals forming on a name pipe cleaner
    Growing Borax Crystals - another shape in jar
  16. Once ready, carefully take your crystals out! Place on paper towels. Discard Saran Wrap.
  17. Growing Borax Crystals - when done remove the pipe cleaners and discard the wrap
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