The snow’s slowly melting. I’m of two minds about missing the snow. I like dry roads thank you very much, but snow is certainly prettier scenery than dead grass…and ice makes branches sparkle like magical things.
So, in lieu of snow, here’s a project I found for making a crystal snowflake. Full disclosure, I haven’t tried this yet, I would like to.
Make Your Own Snowflake Project
(adapted from Kathleen M Reilly’s Explore Weather and Climate)
-wide mouth glass jar
-borax from laundry detergent section of store (20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster)
-a child (if you feel like you need an excuse!)
1. Cut pipe cleaners into 3 equal pieces, twist them together and spread out end to form a snowflake shape. (Make sure it will fit in the jar!)
2. Cut a piece of string, tie one end to snowflake, the other to the pencil. The string needs to be long enough to hang from a pencil into the jar, but short enough not to touch the bottom. Put the snowflake skeleton aside.
3. Mix borax and boiling water in the jar, use 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. Stir well. (Don’t worry if a little is left un-dissolved.)
4. Hang snowflake skeleton in jar, suspended from the pencil and leave it overnight for the crystals to form.
There’s an alternate glowing (!) version on about.com.