Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Company Coming for Thanksgiving? Inexpensive Memento Idea

These are simple and add a bit of sparkle to the season.
All you need is:
Borax, boiling water, pipe-cleaners, and a jar.
(oh and a pencil and scissors)
If you have company spending the night,
you could have them twist up their snowflake
of pipe-cleaners at night.
There are a ton of possibilities:
a simple asterisk, a star, or something more detailed
like the one above.
Hang the snowflakes in a jar
supported by the pencil across the top.
Boil water.
Add about 3 tablespoons of borax to each cup of boiling water.
I like peanut butter jars, because they have a wide mouth.
I let my borax solution cool for about 10 min.
so it wouldn't melt the jar.
If you are using a glass jar,
you don't have to wait.
Just pour the borax solution over the snowflakes.
Now... go to bed.
When you awake~
A couple of notes:
*You can use colored pipe-cleaners & it will add
a little tint to them.
*You can add a few drops of food coloring to the borax solution.
*Be sure that they are not touching the bottom
of the jar (they'll stick.)
*And lastly, be sure that the jar is filled to the top of
the snowflake.
Or it will turn out like this one - oops
I almost didn't show you,
but sometimes it's as helpful to know
what not to do as it is to know
what TO do.
I like this one, but the top wasn't submerged.
They are fun and sturdy for what they are.
Kids (& adults too) can take them home
with them and hang them on their tree.

Fun for the whole family.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. What a cute idea!

    And what a cute idea, for kids to do. "Make" at night. "Discover" in the morning. :-)

  2. Such a wonderful idea! And they are so pretty. My grand girls would LOve this. We will have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Amazing idea - going to do this with my daughter today !!! Thanks

  4. I've always wanted to make these- thanks for the reminder! I will be featuring you on this week's Clever Chicks Blog Hop, so please grab a Featured Button!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
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