I came across this great blog about how to grow sparkling crystals on ornaments over at Homemade Mamas
Here are the pictures from our fun adventure...
FIRST we twisted and bent the pipe cleaners while the water heated up.
Then we lined up the glasses, added some borax, and then poured water.
After a few hours we started to see the crystals forming. Here is what they looked like the next day.
It looks like those are bubbles in the glasses in the pictures but that is really the crystals. You could tell which one we added TOO much borax to, can you figure out which one it is? You guessed it the one w/ the pink squiggle in it. That one was almost solid gel when we pulled the pipe cleaner out. I love how the blue pipecleaner turned the water blue.
Next we pulled them out and hung them to dry. I don't know if you were supposed to hang them to dry but we did.
Here is a pic of the flower was made on the tree. The others I could not get to show up nice on my small camera.
The only problem is the borax crystals are on the glasses and I don't know how to get them out of the glasses.so if you do this use plastic throwaway cups.