How to Make Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes for Kids

by Lane Cummings

Creating a snowflake is an enjoyable way for kids to process what they've learned from a recent lesson on science, or as simply a way for them to express their excitement on the arrival of winter time. This activity is the pinnacle of self-empowerment as it shows you that you truly can make your own holiday decorations out of basic materials. While some make snowflakes out of paper, creating them out of pipe cleaners makes them sturdier, allowing you to use them year after year. It is appropriate for kids ages six and up.

Items you will need

  • 3 pipe cleaners
  • 12 to 16 inches white yarn
  • 8 inches string
  • Pencil
  • Wide mouthed jar
  • Hot water
  • Borax
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Step 1

Cut three white pipe cleaners to equal lengths, such as around 8 to 10 inches long. Twist them around each other in the center, so that when finished you have a 6-spiked figure.

Step 2

Cut a piece of white yarn 12 to 16 inches long. Wrap the end of the string around the middle of one spike, knotting it in place.

Step 3

Loop the remainder of the string around the remaining spikes, creating a halo of string around the pipe cleaners. Knot the string around the last one and cut away the excess.

Step 4

Tie an 8 inch piece of string to the top spike of your snowflake. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil. Lower the snowflake into a widemouthed jar. Check to ensure the jar is wide enough to accommodate your snowflake, otherwise you might have to trim it.

Step 5

Remove the snowflake from the jar. Fill the jar with boiling water. Add 3 tbsp Borax for every cup of water in the jar. Stir with a wooden spoon.

Step 6

Place the snowflake suspended by the pencil in the solution and leave it there overnight. In the morning you will have beautiful crystal covered pipe cleaner snowflakes.

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