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Patio Table Crystals

Non-Toxic Outdoor Crystals for Glass Tables

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If you grow crystals on your patio table, you'll get to see it become a sheet of sparkling rainbows.

If you grow crystals on your patio table, you'll get to see it become a sheet of sparkling rainbows.

Anne Helmenstine These are some crystals I grew outdoors on my glass patio table.

These are some crystals I grew outdoors on my glass patio table.

Anne Helmenstine These patio table crystals were grown from a solution of salt and vinegar in water.

These patio table crystals were grown from a solution of salt and vinegar in water.

Anne Helmenstine

If you have a glass table and a sunny day you can paint your tabletop with non-toxic crystals in a flash. It's an easy crystal-growing project, safe for kids and pets.

You can use any crystal growing solution, but I recommend using the following recipe:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
Mix the salt, vinegar, and water. This solution is non-toxic. This is important, since your pets might help (mine did), kids will want to touch the crystals, and there is a good chance you will end up washing the solution onto your porch or yard.

Start with a little pool of solution on the table. Crystals may form immediately when the liquid strikes the glass or you may see 'glitter' appear in the drops as the solution starts to evaporate. If you like, you can coat the entire table with the solution. When you are done playing, definitely break out the garden hose, since salt solution could corrode the metal on your table if left there indefinitely. The rate of evaporation will affect the size of the crystals. Fast evaporation will yield numerous tiny crystals. Slower evaporation (cooler temperatures, higher humidity) will produce larger crystals. Have fun!

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