Thursday, February 13, 2014

Borax Bejeweled Bits Of Nature


On my walks I am often drawn to gathering bits of beauty that cross my path and carrying home an arm load (and pockets full!) of natures gifts. My girls have joined in on this pleasure and together we keep our vases, nature table, baskets, jars... (you get the idea ;) full.
The collecting doesn't seem to end in winter. There is still so much beauty peeking out of the snow ~ milkweed, Queen Anne's Lace, berries, branches... a bounty of natures gifts!
Inspired by the borax snowflakes, I thought we might combine our love of nature with our love crystals and see what happens!
  We were truly delighted by the outcome. 
Mother nature being the true artist!


Here's how simple it is.

To create you will need
seed pods, branches, dried grass, berries, pine cones... any bits of nature that call to you
borax 
jars
water

*Borax is a laundry booster and is labeled *all natural* but please use caution when working with children. Have the adult or teacher handle the borax and work in a ventilated room just to be safe*

To begin gather your bits of nature.


Put your water on to boil.
Then place your borax into your jar (3 Tbsp for each cup of water).
Add your boiled (measured) water and stir until dissolved.


Submerse your bits of nature into the jar and let sit. 
The longer you leave them the larger the crystals will grow.
We just kept peeking at ours (every couple hours) until we had the size of crystals we desired.
When they are ready, gently remove them from the water and lay to dry.
Be sure to handle the pieces with care, as the crystals are quite fragile.


We were enchanted with their shimmering crystals.


Each one beautiful in their own way.


I think one of our favorites was this coneflower seed head. The girls were convinced it was now a wand for a very lucky fairy.


Perhaps an acorn hat for the fairy too!


The berries looked as though they had been frost kissed


and the grass sparkled and glittered in the sun.


The crystals hung so delicately on Queen Anne's Lace skeleton.


The milkweed pods were lovely all bejeweled.


With each piece we marveled.




We placed a bouquet of these jewel glazed beauties our table. Just the right bit of glittering magic to brighten these cold winter days. 


We also lay some on our nature table with King and Queen (and baby) winter to keep them company. 
I think we are hooked!

 A very HAPPY VALENTINES to one and all. May your day over flow with all things LOVE!


Shanti

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  1. A beautiful idea. We've used pipe cleaners in borax before but I really like the idea of using the natural finds.

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