Thursday, September 12, 2013

Make Borax Crystal Flowers

Why make borax crystal flowers?  Well, do you love the look of freshly cut flowers sitting in a vase?  I do.  But I never buy them because of my cursed black thumb.  While most people's cut flowers last for weeks, mine always start turning brown and wilting within a day or two.

Boo, black thumb!   

Last week our craft store had a sale on fake flowers.  I was so tempted to buy them, but they looked kinda cheesy and screamed, "I'm fake and I attract dust."

But I ended up getting the flowers anyway, because I wanted to make something pretty with them.  Here's what I came up with:  Crystal Flowers 

Make Crystal Flowers!

DIY Crystal borax flowers
Yes.  My fake flowers are covered with real crystals... that I grew from Borax.  Lovely, aren't they?

Would you like to make your own frosted-looking flowers?  Read on!
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Materials to make Borax Crystal Flowers

  • Borax
  • Water
  • Fake flowers
  • Pencils
  • String
  • Tape
  • Spoons
  • Containers
  • Paper Towels 


1.  Remove any leaves from your fake flowers.

2.  Tie the flower stems to your pencils using string.  Dangle your flower heads into your containers.  Make sure that the flower heads don't touch anything else (like the container's bottom or side, or other flowers.)  Adjust the placement of your flowers and string lengths as necessary.  Then, remove the flowers from the plastic containers.   (You don't want them to touch anything else because you don't want your crystal flowers attaching to other things.)

3.  Boil your water.  Pour it into your empty container.  Then, dissolve spoonfuls of Borax one at a time until the Borax no longer dissolves.  Then, place your flowers into your container and let them sit there for a couple of hours.

how to grow borax crystal flowers

  • If your pencils keep rolling, use tape to keep them still.
  • You may have some undissolved Borax on the bottom of your container.  That's totally fine.
tutorial to grow borax crystals on flowers

4.  After a couple of hours, pull the flowers out and see how crystallized they've become.  When you have enough crystals to your liking, set the flowers to dry standing up.

  • If you're having trouble removing the crystal growth from the bottom or sides of the container, simply pour boiling water into the container again to dissolve the crystals.

Enjoy your lovely and sparkly (fake) flowers!

And if you enjoyed this project, here are three more fun crystal projects!

how to grow borax crystal flowers

tutorial showing you how to grow crystals on flowers

Check out these other neat science ideas!

Creative STEAMPlant and Flower Projects for Kids- Easy, affordable, and fun ways to be creative!

tutorial to make borax crystal flowers

(Special thanks to's Chemistry section for inspiring today's science experiment and craft.)