We love making borax crystals because Growing Borax crystals is a fun and cheap experiment that you can do. To make things more fun we like to give them holiday shapes like these Borax Crystals Easter Crosses. Following these easy steps for how to make borax crystals you will have beautiful crystal crosses that you can display for Easter.
Borax Crystals Easter Cross
Easter is an important holiday in our house. We celebrate Easter with the religious Easter meaning of Jesus’ death and we also celebrate the fun of the Easter Bunny coming. We decorate the house right after St. Patrick’s Day and then spend the weeks leading up to Easter talking about the meaning of Easter, making Easter-themed treats, going to egg hunts, and of course a visit to the Easter Bunny.
If you are looking for more Borax Crystal crafts to celebrate other holidays check out our St. Patrick’s Day Borax crystals experiment. If this is your first time making borax crystals then be sure to check out our how to make borax crystals post.
Since we homeschool I also like to make things fun for the kids and get hands on, if I can make an experiment or craft fit a holiday I am all about it. My kids love making borax crystals and to have some Easter fun I thought I would change things up and make Borax Crystal crosses for Easter.
Of course we also make lots of Easter themed treats to go along with the fun leading up to Easter, so if you are looking for Easter themed treats the kids will love be sure to check out some of our favorites.
Easter Recipes for Kids
- Peeps Cupcakes
- Easter Bunny Pudding Dessert Cups
- Bunny Donuts
- Easter Bunny Trail Mix
- Ressurection Biscuits
- Easter Bunny Hot Chocolate Bombs
How Long does it take Borax Crystals to Grow?
The great thing about growing borax crystals is that there is not a very long wait time for the crystals to grow. I have kids and I know that patience is not a strong suit that most kids have. Frankly, I am not very patient either, so having a science project that shows the results quickly is what we need in our house.
After you make your borax crystals solution and put the pipe cleaners in, you only have to wait about 24 hours to see the results. Many of the crystal growing kits we have done in the past have taken days for crystals to form, we all we very impatient.
How to Remove Stuck Borax Crystals
Sometimes when making borax crystals, you may end up with crystals stuck to the side of the container you grew them in. It is easy to remove any crystals that are stuck and have grown on the side of the jar. All you have to do to remove the stuck crystals is simply fill the jar with hot water and let the Borax dissolve.
Can I add colors to my borax crystals?
If you want to make your borax crystal crosses colored just add a few drops of food coloring in the color of your choice to the solution when you are mixing it.
Borax Crystals Easter Cross Supplies
- 2 cups Water
- 6 tbsp Borax
- 1 Silver Metallic Pipe Cleaner (Chenille Wire)
- String (Thread)
- 5-inch or longer Wood Skewer or Straw
Borax Crystals Easter Cross Tools
- Wide Mouth Glass Jar
- Oven Mitts
Borax Crystals Easter Cross Instructional Video
How to make Borax Crystals Easter Crosses
Place water in the mason jar and microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the water just starts to boil.
Using oven mitts, carefully remove the jar from the microwave and add the borax.
Stir until the borax is completely dissolved.
Form the pipe cleaner into a cross small enough to fit easily within the opening of the mason jar without having to bend it.
Tie the string to the top of the cross, then tie the other end of the string to the center of the wood skewer with enough length to allow the cross to be fully submerged in the borax and water mixture without touching the bottom of the jar.
Once the string is tied firmly, slip the cross into the jar and use the skewer to hold the cross suspended in the liquid by resting the skewer across the opening of the jar.
Place the jar in a location where it will not be disturbed and allow it to rest for 24 hours.
Gently lift the skewer to remove the crystal cross and discard the borax mixture.
Place the crystal cross on a clean, dry surface to dry and trim off the string. Then display.