Snowflake Crafting with Kids

My guest today is Pajama Mama – one of those crafty mothers I admire so much.

Hi there! Kristen here, fellow AAI (Adoption Advocates International) and homeschool mama. I blog over at Pajama Mama about crafting, and doing life with my kiddos in my pajamas.

My kids, like most, love crafting with me. (and without me.) And these early days of the year, before the rush of activities start back up again, are perfect opportunities to pull out stuff we already have and make something new together.

Today we did just that. We made crystal snowflakes using things from around the house.

water, borax, pipe cleaners, glass container, string

Step 1: Cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections to twist into a snowflake or wield into your own unique shape-maybe an initial?

Step 2: Tie the top of your snowflake or shape to a piece of string. Tie the other end around a pencil. You will use the pencil to suspend the snowflake into the borax mixture.

Step 3: Pour boiling water into your glass container-a mason jar or jelly jar works great-we used pickle jars since the mouth of the jar was wife enough for our shapes.

Step 4: Stir in 1 tablespoon of borax at a time, until you have a mixture of 3T borax to 1 cup of water. If you over-saturate the water, the extra borax will just settle to the bottom, no harm done!

Step 5: Hang your snowflake by the pencil, so that the pipe cleaners are completely covered in water but not touching the sides or bottom of the jar.

Step 6: Let the jar rest, untouched overnight.

Step 7: Pull your snowflake out and admire!

Hang it somewhere where it will catch the sunlight and enjoy!

What are you doing these days? Any creativity going on around your house?

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Ali
    January 5, 2011

    This is awesome!! I am going to do this with my kids.

    We always have fiber arts going on in our house. knitting, crocheting, washing and carding wool, spinning yarn. Lots of fun!

  2. Emily
    January 10, 2011

    This is awesome! We did this with the kiddos today as yesterday was our first official snow.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Miss Nirvana
    January 19, 2012

    These have been on my list to make for a while now. We have been making freezing art that combines science and art.… Your snow flakes look great.


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