You can make sparkling crystal holiday ornaments yourself! Here are instructions for several homemade crystal decorations.
One of the easiest, quickest and most reliable holiday crystal-growing projects is the borax crystal snowflake. If you are new to growing crystals, this is a great starting point. If you are experienced with crystals, why not add to your collection or grow more elaborate snowflake shapes?
Make a Borax Crystal Snowflake
The Star of David is an easy shape to form, plus it makes a great crystal decoration. This project shows you how to make opalescent crystals, that shimmer with a rainbow of colors.
Make a Crystal Star of David
I live at the beach, so I like making tropical and beach-themed ornaments. You can grow crystals on a dried starfish or a shell for sparkly sea decorations.
Make a Crystal Starfish
Cut-out paper snowflakes are fun to make and hang. You can coat them with crystals to produce a sturdier ornament. Add food coloring to the crystal solution for color crystals or use colored paper for a more subtle look. In this case, the colored paper shows under clear crystals.
Crystallized Paper Decorations
You can hang crystal stars or invert them for use as Christmas tree toppers. Also, it's just as easy to make a six-pointed star as it is to make a five-pointed star, so you can make Star of David decorations.
Make a Crystal Star
Crystals grow on fabric as easily as they grow on a string. One fun application of this is to grow sparkling crystals on a miniature Christmas stocking to hang as a decoration. If you are up for a bigger project, crystallize a full-size stocking or coat any fabric ornament with crystals.
Crystallize a Holiday Stocking
Crystal hearts make pretty decorations any time of the year. Here's a decoration you can make now and leave up until Valentine's Day and beyond. They are so pretty!
Make a Crystal Heart
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Technically, these are sugar in its "glass" form rather than "crystal" form, though you could crystallize rock candy
into an icicle shape if you're a purist. These pretty icicle decorations can be made clear or colored, plus you can eat them.
Make Candy Glass Icicles
Nearly any of these crystal decorations can be made to glow in the dark. Here's an example of how to make the borax crystal snowflake glow in the dark. You could also make the crystal paper or fabric ornaments glow quite easily.
Make a Glowing Crystal Snowflake
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Most snow globes are filled with glitter or bits of white plastic, but you can prepare a chemical solution that produces real sparkling crystals. These crystals are non-toxic benzoic acid, not water ice, so they won't melt yet will sparkle inside the globe like the real deal. You can add a winter or holiday scene to the inside of the globe to make it special. If you can't find a glass globe, you can stopper a piece of lab glassware or use a clear glass ornament from a craft store.
Make a Real Crystal Snow Globe
The silver crystal Christmas tree involves growing pure silver crystals onto a small wire tree. If you are looking for an advanced crystal project or a seasonal science lab, this is a great crystal growing exercise.
Make a Silver Crystal Tree