When I saw the tutorial for how to make these borax crystal snowflakes on Rook No. 17, I knew I wanted to make some for our tree.
They are so beautiful, and this is one time when you can combine crafting with a science lesson. You do need to allow for these snowflakes to sit in a Borax solution for at least 5 hours, so start them in the morning, and watch the crystals grow throughout the day. It’s a guaranteed white Christmas.
We also made some glittery icicles using the same Borax technique, but these aren’t as dramatic as the snowflakes.
We coated glass ball ornaments with glue and Epsom salts. (We just used a glue stick and the salt has stayed for several years.) We also filled some of the ornaments with salt, to look like snow, and sticks and pine needles, as the Martha tutorial instructs.
While you have the Epsom salts and glass balls out, why not make some I Spy ornaments. Just put a little salt inside and add buttons, tiny clothespins, mini bells and other doo-dads. (I recommend using plastic ornaments for this project so they don’t break.)
Finally, I love to decorate with pinwheels — and I think they make gorgeous Christmas ornaments when you use sheet music or pretty scrapbook paper and embellish them with glitter.
They’re easy to make, too.
You start with a square of paper, then cut up halfway to the center from each corner. Punch a hole in the center and on every other point.
Once you’ve cut your paper, fold up each point and use brads to secure your pinwheel.
I like to decorate mine with glitter, brushing the edges with a little bit of glue, then dusting with glitter. If you don’t have a little tray, I recommend you add one to your craft supplies. Mine has a built-in funnel, which makes it so easy to pour the extra glitter back into the jar without making a mess.
Once your pinwheels are glittered and dry, glue a loop of ribbon to the back and hang them on your tree.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for last-minute Christmas decorations you can make while making memories with your family.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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