oh winter in california. one day it’s pouring rain, then it’s sunny, then it’s overcast, then sunny again. i’ve always been a winter kind of gal. love the cold (as in california cold…maybe 55 to 65?), and the rain (as long as i’m at home and watching it through a window).
only seen snow twice in my life, and that was plenty. but how to bring that wintery feeling indoors when the thermometer reads 75? borax snowflakes, that’s how!
snowflakes outside will sigh with envy when they see this one in the window! pipe cleaners are shaped into a snowflake and dipped into borax which has been dissolved in boiling water with food coloring. as the water cools, borax forms crystals that cling to the pipe cleaners. so easy, and so beautiful!
twist three 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaner together to form a snowflake, then add a 1 ½” inch piece to each point. tie the flake with string to a pencil. suspend in a jar that is big enough so the snowflake won’t touch the sides. fill with 3 tablespoons borax and 1 drop blue food coloring per 1 cup of boiling water. hang the snowflake in the jar. let sit overnight; remove and admire!
get creative…you can fancy pipecleaners into all sorts of shapes and use with other colors of food coloring…think green shamrocks, red hearts…