We don’t get a lot of snow where we live, but we do love it and anything to do with snowflakes during the winter. This year, we decided to bring some winter into our house with these pretty salt crystal snowflakes.
Salt crystal snowflakes are simple to make and so much fun, kids won’t even realize they’re learning about science too!
What you’ll need to make salt crystal snowflakes:
We had such fun making our salt crystal leaves, I knew our salt crystal snowflakes would be even prettier! We used off-brand salt to keep the costs low. Our salt container was less than $1!
Before letting your kids join you for this project, I recommend making the saltwater in advance. You will need to heat about 3 cups of water per mason jar (what we did was fill the jar and dump it into a pot).
When the water boils, start adding salt. Keep pouring it in until crystals start to form on the surface of the water. It will take almost the entire container of salt for three snowflakes.
When the water is cooling, let the kids design their own snowflakes from chenille stems. Make sure the snowflakes can fit easily through the mouth of each jar.
When the snowflakes are designed, attach a chenille stem hanger to the top of each snowflake so you can suspend it in the mason jar.
Suspend the snowflakes in the saltwater using a clothespin to hold them in place. Let the snowflakes sit in a sunny window for 2-3 days.
After 2-3 days, remove your snowflakes and let them dry. Your salt crystal snowflakes are ready! Hang them from a window or just admire their beautiful designs! My kids loved inspecting the snowflakes with a magnifying glass to see the individual crystals up close.
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- How to Make a Glittery Underwater Volcano
- Seed Sprouting Indoor Activity
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