Our son absolutely loves it when we have a project to do together, and I really like it too... but sometimes, the slightly OCD side of me really struggles. This was one of those projects. I told him that we were going to make really special hearts for a Valentine's Day decoration. Now don't get me wrong, I certainly wasn't expecting perfection from a 5 year old, but I my mistake was in expecting us to stick to the plan. Hearts. Hearts were the plan...
He made one heart, before he decided to "get creative". All of the bright colors and the different shapes still made for a fun project, I just feel like I can't call it a Valentine decoration now. I guess we could say it's a "Spring Decoration", but it's still January!?! I don't know, I give up :-)
So here's what you need:
Assorted Pipe Cleaners
Borax (good 'ole fashion 20 Mule Team Borax, the cleaner that has been around since 1891)
Multiple Jars. The bigger the better.
To get started, simply have fun making hearts shapes. They will need to be small enough to fit inside the jars without touching the sides or the bottom.
Once you have a good assortment ready to go, you can start fitting them into the jars.
Tie one end of your string on to the pipe cleaner, the other end gets tied onto a popsicle stick that will hold it in place. Make sure the shape is suspended in the middle and not touching the sides or the bottom. It works best if you dry fit each shape just to make sure it will fit well.
*You can put more than one shape in a jar but only if they also do not touch one another.
Each jar is going to be filled with hot water and borax.
As you can see, I used and assortment of different sized jars and each jar will require a different amount of Borax.
Most of my jars were the quart size mason jar. They used a little over 1/3 Cup of borax.
Obviously the larger jars need more and the smaller use less. Stir the hot water and borax together until the borax has dissolved completely. Then once the water stops spinning, put the pipe cleaners back in their jars.
Let them sit overnight, and then gently remove them from the jars. The crystals are usually not super fragile but be careful until you get a feel for how securely they have attached.
Look at those awesome crystals! Now we just have to decide where to put them. :-)