Saturday, July 28, 2012

Crystal Love Hearts

I love Pinterest. I find it such a great source of inspiration and idea. Sometimes I struggle to stop pinning and start doing, but I love it none the less.

I pinned this a while back but thought of waiting until Christmas to make one was just too much for this Koala to bear. One night I put Em to bed and let Ava stay up. I told her we were doing a science experiment. 

The preparation

I laid out all the ingredients and we had fun while she tried to guess what we were going to make. I decided to use pink glittery pipe cleaners in the hope it would add to the sparkle!

Shaping the Pipe Cleaner

Seeing as it wasn't Christmas we couldn't really make a snowflake so unsurprisingly we settled on a love heart. Ava is 7, love hearts are all the rage with everything!

Making the mix

Basically you mix 1/3 cup borax with 500ml boiling water. I don't think my water was quite hot enough because the borax didn't mix in very well. As this stage I started to get a bit worried and thought I'd better prep Ava for possible failure.

Clearly unnecessary as she comes back with "Don't worry Mum, there are no guarantees in Science". Whilst I don't completely agree (after all why else would we have Constants), it was nice that she was learning about realistic expectations at school. I decided close to bed time was not the right time to start a debate and we left it at that!

15 minutes later

We left it over night with strict instructions not to touch if she got up before me. 15 minutes later she was in bed and I started to worry. It wasn't quite looking the same as the original.

Hanging in the Sun

We needn't have worried though, it worked really well! I don't think the photos do it justice. Hanging in the Sun it looks really special. We are already looking forward to making a whole bunch of them to hang outside at Christmas time.


  1. Hi - This isn't related to the Blog, but I wasn't sure how else to get in contact with you. I read your comment on this blog post: and wondered if you could let me know how you did the double layer cake? Thanks!

    1. Hi Shalonne, I don't mind an unrelated comment :o)

      I just made two cake rounds, whipped some cream until it was stiff, spread it between the layers with some strawberries, then spread it all around.

      You can see a picture here:

      It wasn't terribly complicated or professional looking, but perfect for our little family get together. You could use whipped coconut cream if you don't do dairy. I hope you get this, not really sure how the reply button works :o)

  2. Love!! I can't wait to make these at Christmas :)

  3. So cute! Love the heart!

    1. Thanks! They were really fun, I think we'll do some more for Valentines Day