Preschool Blog

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that 2017 brings you loads of happiness!  We’ve been very busy at our house the past week. We made sure that we get tons of extended family time throughout the week. We are fortunate that all of our parents and siblings live nearby, which is especially wonderful at this time of year! 

Before celebrating the New Year, we made crystal ornaments for our family for Olivia to give out as gifts. This craft was pretty simple, which is something that I was looking for since we made a lot of them!  Here are the materials that we used to make the crystal ornaments:

  • Borax
  • Boiling water
  • Pipe cleaners (we chose sparkly ones)
  • Mason jars (one for each ornament)
  • Craft sticks
  • Fishing line
  • Cookie cutters 
  • Post-it notes
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ribbon 
  • Scissors

The first thing we did was select some Christmas cookie cutters that would fit inside of the mason jar. Olivia decided which shape she wanted for each of her family members, and we wrapped the pipe cleaners around the cookie cutters to make our shapes. 

Then we labeled each with a post-it note so that we didn’t forget who Olivia had chosen to give each ornament to.  After that, we used yarn to attach the ornament to the craft stick. The yarn was a bit of a mistake because it was hard to get it off of the ornaments after the crystals have formed. Next time I would use fishing line so that it doesn’t matter that you can’t remove it all. 

The next step was an adult only job. I scooped the Borax into each of the mason jars,added boiling water, and stirred until the Borax dissolved into the water. We followed the ratios recommended by the Borax website, which was 3 tablespoons of Borax to 1 cup of boiling water.

Once the solution was ready, we hung the ornaments from the craft sticks into the jars. It’s important to make sure that the pipe cleaner is not touching the bottom of the glass. Otherwise the crystal will get stuck to it. 

The next step is the tricky part for kids – waiting. We left our jars overnight, and waited for the crystals to form. We were very excited about how they turned out! The next morning, we pulled the ornaments out of the jars, and were amazed by the crystals! 

We put the crystals onto a disposable plate to let them dry.  At this point, we left the craft sticks attached to the ornaments, and put our post-its with the names of the family members who were receiving the ornaments onto the craft sticks. 

That evening, the crystals were dry so we cut the strings off, and added ribbons to them. Everyone loved the ornaments, and we made sure to keep one for ourselves, too! 

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