My son comes home from school talking about Geodes and how they’re an amazing gift from nature (my words, his were more scientific). We talked about it for a while, looked up some photos on the internet. Being who I am, I mentioned the possibility of making our own. We looked up ways to make them, different ingredients and ways of making them. We chose a recipe that was easier to put together since we had all the ingredients on hand.
This is how Dollar Store Crafts did it, I followed the instructions to the T and I love how everything came out. Thank you for excellent instructions.
Project estimate & recipe:
- 3 Tablespoons Borax, about $4.00/box
- 1 Cup boiling water, on hand
- Food colouring, on hand or $1
- Pipe cleaners, on hand or $1
- Large jar, glass or pitcher, on hand
- Dish cloth, on hand
- Skewer, butter knife, chop stick, on hand
- Fishing line or curling ribbon, on hand or $1
Total: about $4 and up The colour of the pipe cleaner is what decides the colour of your crystals. For example, I used dark blue to get the sapphire colour. If you only have white pipe cleaners, you can use food colouring in the water to dye them. Metallic pipe cleaners work best. Shape the pipe cleaner(s) and thread fishing line or curling ribbon through the edge. Put it in your empty container and using a skewer, butter knife or chop stick, tie the ends around it so that your pipe cleaner shape doesn’t touch the sides or bottom of your container. Once you’ve got it tied off at the right height, remove it from the container before you add your water.Bring water to a boil and carefully pour into your container. Add the Borax and food colouring (if needed), stirring until the Borax is completely dissolved. Add your pipe cleaner shape tied to the skewer, butter knife or chop stick and cover with a dish cloth. Let sit overnight or about 5 hours. Uncover and be amazed! Carefully pull out the fishing line or curling ribbon from your finished geode.
This is Dollar Store Crafts
This is our finished product. I think we did a good job. I didn’t have anywhere to put them, anything that would represent the geodes the best. I went to my nearest thrift store and we happen to get lucky and found the perfect bowl. As you can see, I added a few things that I had around the house. Some transparent stones, a couple of dark ones and a candle which I placed inside a napkin ring that I got at a garage sale.
This became the centerpiece for my table for a long while. My son made sure that every person that came to visit would take a look at it. We were quite proud of it. Hopefully the next thing he learns will be as fun.
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