We love simple chemistry projects, and this Christmas chemistry project is a fun way to learn about and create homemade crystal ornaments! The holidays are a great time to explore science and STEM, and we make it fun and easy for you to share Christmas science experiments with your kids.

MAKE YOUR OWN CHEMISTRY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Christmas chemistry project for kids with crystal ornaments in science shapes

CHRISTMAS CHEMISTRY

Christmas can be a magical time, and I think Christmas chemistry is pretty magical too!

Take a classic crystal growing chemistry activity and turn it into a  Christmas ornament complete with a science-y theme.  These borax crystal ornaments are a real hit with the kids. Let’s make Christmas chemistry ornaments shaped like a beaker, a light bulb, and an atom perfect for any science enthusiast!

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After as many times as we have done this activity, I am still amazed at how gorgeous these crystal ornaments are, especially since they are made with laundry detergent! Not to mention that they are very sturdy!  Perfect for decorating the classroom or home with chemistry decorations.

Christmas ornaments you can make with a few simple materials

CHRISTMAS CHEMISTRY ORNAMENTS

You can make three different versions of crystal ornaments each with a slightly different method. Turn it into a science experiment to compare the results of the three. Read over the items needed and the instructions below and determine which of the three methods you want to try out first!

You can print out the instructions for all 3 activities below.

Chemistry Ornament Instructions you can print.

CHEMISTRY ORNAMENT 1: LIGHT BULB

This ornament is made using a coffee filter and borax powder.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 3 Tablespoons Borax
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Glass bowl
  • Coffee filter
  • Food coloring
  • Clearcoat spray

HOW TO MAKE A CHEMISTRY ORNAMENT

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Mix about 3 T of Borax to every 1 cup of water. Some Borax powder will end up settling on the bottom. This is fine.
  3. Pour the hot water into a glass bowl.
  4. Add food coloring if desired.
  5. Trace your ornament template onto a coffee filter and cut out the light bulb shape.
  6. Poke a hole near the top of the shape. This will enable you to thread a string or hook through it later.
  7. Place the cutout coffee filter into the borax solution and set the bowl in a safe place.
  8. Wait 24 hours.
  9. Remove your crystallized ornament from the mixture and spray both back and front with clear coat spray.
  10. After drying, thread a hook or string through the hole and hang your new ornament on your Christmas tree!

3 chemistry ornaments you can make with borax crystals

CHEMISTRY ORNAMENT 2: ATOM

Everything above stays the same, except you use pipe cleaners instead of a coffee filter. The ornament I made using this method is the atom.

  1. Complete steps 1-4, same as above.
  2. Using the template you printed, mold the pipe cleaners into the shape of the silhouette. For the atom, I created loops using 3 pipe cleaners and then attached them together using two very small snips of another pipe cleaner.
  3. Place the pipe cleaners into the Borax solution and set the bowl in a safe place.
  4. Wait 24 hours.
  5. Remove your crystallized ornament from the mixture and spray both back and front with clear coat spray.
  6. After drying, thread a hook or string through one of the openings and hang your new ornament on your Christmas tree!

Christmas Chemistry Project Atom Crystal Ornament

CHEMISTRY ORNAMENT 3: BEAKER 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 3 Tablespoon Borax powder
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Wide-mouthed glass jar
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Food coloring
  • String
  • Wooden craft stick or pencil
  • Clearcoat spray

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS CHEMISTRY ORNAMENT

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Mix about 3 T of Borax to every 1 cup of water. Some Borax powder will end up settling on the bottom. This is fine.
  3. Pour the hot water into a glass jar.
  4. Add Christmas theme food coloring if desired.
  5. Using the template you printed, mold the pipe cleaners into the shape of the silhouette. For the beaker, I left a long portion of pipe cleaner sticking up from the top.
  6. Wrap the extra pipe cleaner around the craft stick or pencil and lower the shape down into the Borax solution. The stick/pencil should rest on top of the jar.
  7. Set the jar in a safe place and wait 24 hours.
  8. Remove your crystallized ornament from the mixture and spray both back and front with clear coat spray.
  9. After drying, you can bend the extra portion of the pipe cleaner into a hook and hang your new ornament on your Christmas tree!

pipe cleaner beaker for Christmas chemistry

Crystal science ornament

CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY

How does this work? Borax occurs naturally in dry lake deposits and is found in crystal form. When you dissolve the commercial powder in boiling water, the water becomes saturated with the Borax and the powder becomes suspended. You have just made a saturated solution.

You want the water to cool slowly so that the impurities have a chance to leave the solution leaving beautiful crystals behind. The powder deposits itself on the pipe cleaners, and when the water cools, the borax returns to its natural state leaving large crystals behind.

If cooled slowly, these crystals are quite strong and uniform in shape. If cooled too quickly, you will see more unstable crystals in various shapes.

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